We’re out to punch in Leeds

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

A WHITE-COL­LAR box­ing night raised a knock­out £20,000 to­wards new premises for the Zone youth club in Leeds.

Jewish box­ers went head-to-head in six bouts, cheered on by 250 peo­ple at a suite at Leeds United’s El­land Road sta­dium.

Box­ers in­cluded 32-year-old prop­erty com­pany boss Nick Stat­man, who makes trips to Ve­gas to see the big fights. Although he lost his con­test — “my op­po­nent came out with all guns blaz­ing”— the im­por­tant thing was “the great cause”.

Or­gan­iser Daniel Buck re­ported that “the at­mos­phere was very good with the crowd get­ting be­hind the fight­ers”.

Pro­ceeds will help the Zone reach a £1 mil­lion tar­get to fi­nance a move from its Moor­town premises to a newly-built youth and sports fa­cil­ity, in­clud­ing all-weather pitches, on the Brodet­sky Jewish Pri­mary School cam­pus.

PHOTO: AV PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

In charge of the cover-up: Nick Stat­man takes pro­tec­tive ac­tion dur­ing his bout at the char­ity white-col­lar box­ing evening

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