Stepping into boxing ring in memory of pal
White-collar fight for cancer charity
SERIOUS WORK: Luke Tofts trains for his fight A BUSINESSMAN who has never boxed is preparing for a fight in memory of his friend who died aged 53.
Luke Tofts, 27, of Monument Lane, Chalfont St Peter, is training for his first white-collar boxing match to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF).
The bout, on Thursday, November 13, is in memory of his friend and racehorse trainer, John Hills, who died in June.
The boxers are trained for eight weeks before being matched with others of a similar standard.
Mr Tofts, who works as a freelance business development consultant in Beaconsfield, said: “I’m not really built to run a marathon and I wanted to do something a bit different to raise money.
“I’ve never boxed before so this is actually a real challenge for me.
“I could also be knocked out and it’s that possibility that will keep me going through all the compulsory training – I’m definitely
I could also be knocked out and it’s that possibility that will keep me going
through all the compulsory training”
taking it very seriously.”
Mr Hills was from a well-known horseracing family.
His father was famous trainer Barry Hills and his four brothers are also involved in the sport.
Mr Hills rode 21 winners before becoming a trainer in 1987. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year.
Mr Tofts’ family is also into horseracing – the bookmaker’s firm Walter Prince was founded by his grandfather, who was the oldest on-course bookmaker in England and Mr Tofts was the youngest, gaining his licence at 18.
He became a racehorse owner and used Mr Hills’ yard.
Mr Tofts said: “He treated everyone the same, whether they owned one horse or 10, and his death at such a young age was a real shock to everyone.”
Each year about 8,800 people in the UK are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Only three in every 100 diagnosed will survive longer than five years.
Mr Tofts added: “I hope the horseracing world, as well as my friends, family and business contacts, will support me in raising as much money as possible to further PCRF’s research into pancreatic cancer.”
Visit www.justgiving. com/luketofts or text BASH90 £10 to 70770.