Xclusivetouch, Cobra Gym and Pride in London are looking for members of the LGBT+ community and their supporters to take part in the UK’s first ever Pride Boxing.
The ground-breaking event will bring together amateur boxers from the LGBT+ community as they compete to raise money for Pride in London.
Organisers are inviting members of London’s LGBT+ community to get involved by taking part in a challenging 10-week training programme that will push them to their physical limits and ensure they are in top condition to go head-to-head with their opponent.
Training will commence from Tuesday 18 April at Cobra Gym in Victoria and will see contestants individually coached by renowned boxing trainer Jon Durrant - who has experience of training amateur boxers for sporting events such as The Big Fight UK. Contestants will then go on to compete in a grand final as part of the Pride in London Festival at Porchester Hall on Friday 30 June.
Polly Shute, Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships, Pride in London, commented:
“This unique partnership will allow the LGBT+ community in London to engage in boxing in a way that not only raises money to support Pride in London but will challenge perceptions. Boxing has a long Olympic history and is yet often misunderstood.”
“The aim is to truly represent the LGBT+ community, with as much of a gender balance as possible. We’ll be following everyone’s journey with interest and look forward to seeing the final on Friday 30 June at Porchester Hall.”
Robbie Cave, Co-Director of Xclusivetouch & Promoter for Pride Boxing, added:
“Having promoted boxing events in the past, we’re excited to be working with Pride in London this time round to support the LGBT+ community, which has previously had little awareness in this sport.”
“The training program is a challenge but such a rewarding experience for the competitors and there’s nothing quite like fight night; the energy in the room and the support for fighters is always what makes it for us!"
In addition to proceeds from Pride Boxing being donated to support the Pride in London Festival; contestants can expect to gain a variety of health and fitness benefits. These can include stress relief, improved cardiovascular health, increased stamina, heightened confidence and hand-eye coordination.
Those wanting to take part in the Pride Boxing contest can sign up at prideboxing.co.uk.