Spon­sors sought for White Col­lar Box­ing, re­turn­ing to Palace Theatre in March

Calgary Sun - - NEWS - GERRY FORBES Ready Gerry Forbes in the Sun on Sun­days and Thurs­days.

I ran into my old buddy Adrian Pru­den at The Drake Inn out in Can­more be­fore Christ­mas and asked him if White Col­lar Box­ing was go­ing to be hap­pen­ing again this year.

In fact, it is. Last year’s evening of box­ing and brews was a huge suc­cess rais­ing huge amounts of money for char­i­ties in Air­drie and the Cal­gary re­gion.

This event, started years ago, pit­ted law en­force­ment of­fi­cers against lo­cal oil guys in the ring, af­ter months of coach­ing and train­ing to get the best out of each fighter who strapped on the gloves.

It has now ex­panded to am­a­teur box­ers from all walks of life and all pro­fes­sions, in­clud­ing me­dia.

The men and women who com­pete spend three months of hard­core train­ing be­fore the fights.

Those who slack get the wake-up call of their lives when they step in the ring. Last year there was a bunch of firstround knock­outs that re­ally got the crowd on their feet.

This year’s event has re­ally taken off, with a ros­ter of 31 box­ers al­ready tak­ing classes and do­ing weights and car­dio. There are 11 women and 20 men tak­ing part, so they are hop­ing to have 15 bouts on the card.

The Al­berta Am­a­teur Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion sanc­tions all this and the train­ers are for­mer pro box­ers and lo­cal con­di­tion­ing coaches who are push­ing these ath­letes to bring out their best on fight night.

The event is be­ing held at The Palace Theatre once again, with ring an­nouncer Red Dawg, for­merly of CJAY92 and now of Clean­tek in­dus­tries, who knows how to liven up a crowd from his days as the Cal­gary Rough­necks in-house host, so get ready for some laughs and his best Bruce Buf­fer im­i­ta­tion.

CJAY92 morn­ing co-host Jesse the Jug­ger­naut Modz has stepped up as well and has tied on the gloves to fight the night of March 22.

Jesse is part sil­ver­back go­rilla and cave­man, so I feel sorry for his op­po­nent. JD Lewis was go­ing to fight but didn’t want to mess up that pretty face, so he will be there cheer­ing on his buddy along with a bunch more lo­cal me­dia types.

The event is all about fun and rais­ing money for lo­cal char­i­ties in Air­drie and Cal­gary. This year’s re­cip­i­ents will be The CJAY92 Kids Fund for

The Gerry Forbes Se­cret Wish, North Rock­yview Com­mu­nity Links, The Air­drie Food bank and The Air­drie & District Vic­tims As­sis­tance So­ci­ety.

There will be a weigh-in party March 21 at Lo­cal 522 Pub­lic Tav­ern, 522 6 Ave. S.W., and then fight night at The Palace Theatre March, 219 8 Ave. S.W.

The WCB of­fi­cial af­ter­party is at Na­tional on 8th, 360 225 8 Ave. S.W., di­rectly af­ter the last bell.

They are still look­ing for spon­sor­ships and there are sev­eral ways you can get in­volved.

There’s also a bunch of dif­fer­ent seat­ing and tick­ets for the event. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion is $100 and tables and booths are fill­ing up quickly. They are avail­able at var­i­ous prices so grab your tick­ets be­fore it’s sold out.

It prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing night for some re­ally great causes so come join us and let’s get ready for a great night of box­ing.

For tick­ets, just go to www.aoaal­ and fol­low the train­ing on their Face­book page White Col­lar Box­ing.

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