KNOCKOUT EVENT FOR CHARITIES
Sponsors sought for White Collar Boxing, returning to Palace Theatre in March
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.aoaalberta.com and follow the training on their Facebook page White Collar Boxing.