Boxer fights for money to beat cancer

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A Castleford electrician emerged victorious when he entered the boxing ring after just ten weeks of training.

Joe Bampton, from Castleford, took part in the Ultra White Collar Boxing event to raise cash for Cancer Reseach UK to help in the fight against the disease.

Mr Bampton, who works at Newburn Power Rental in South Kirkby, stepped into the ring at Cedar Court in Wakefield on March 26.

He raised more than £1,000, with help from staff at Newburn, which donated more than £300.

Mr Bampton works in the temporary electrical department of the firm, a specialist in the provision of temporary and emergency power.

He said: “Cancer research is a charity that is very close to my heart as it has taken friends and family members, so I thought it was time to step up and fight back.

Although I won the fight, the result doesn’t matter, it’s how much is raised for Cancer Research UK. I have only been working for Newburn for a short period of time but they have been fantastic in their support in helping raise more than £1,000.

“I have always been an athletic person but this is my first time in the ring, something now that I would like to continue. This time it’s personal cancer, I’m not holding back.”

Carole Bright, a director at Newburn Power Rental, said: “We are so impressed with Joe’s dedication to his training and for his fight.”

Director Mark Henstock added: “It is a massive achievement. The whole of Newburn support him for the cause that he is fighting for.”

Ultra White Collar Boxing has organised hundreds of events over the last six years and raised more than £2m for Cancer Research in 2015. Matches in March alone raised £455,000.

The firm offers an opportunity for people with no boxing background to experience the thrill of the fight in a safe environment. Visit www.ultrawhitecollarboxing.co.uk for more information.