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Unity boxing match approaches

BoxingThe charity match takes place at Olympia London on Friday 15th September. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to causes supporting the victims and community affected by the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.

Barry O’Connell, owner of the Hammersmith-based gym, said: “Boxing is, and always has been, a sport that fosters community spirit. In fact, several members of the gym found their love for it as children at the Dale Youth Boxing Club, which was sadly lost in the fire.”

O’Connell continued: “Directly or indirectly every member of the gym, many of who have spent their whole lives in the area, has been affected in some way. It only felt natural that we do something to help.”

One of the gym’s long-standing members, Leeann Cowper, is also an event manager at Olympia London. She has been helping O’Connell run the gym’s regular boxing events for the past year. “Is perfectly placed to pull UNITY together,” the gym boss said.

Commenting on the joint event, Cowper said: “Barry and I are used to hosting events for 400 attendees; however we have our sights set on 2000 for UNITY. It’s been a team effort in every sense of the phrase with my colleagues and teammates coming together to help make this night a great success.

Attendees will be privy to 12-14 bouts, with all boxers agreeing to fight for free. Tickets start at £20 and are available now.

A raffle will also take place on the night, which will conclude with a set by renowned west London entertainment provider, Plush and Funky’s DJ Alan Thoroughgood.