On Friday evening Michael Peile, Craig Pollock and myself hosted a table at a black tie charity boxing event held at the Shepherds Inn in Carlisle. The evening started at seven o’clock with drinks before a three-course meal.
The boxing began with two ‘exhibition’ bouts featuring local youngsters before moving on to the main event featuring ten three round bouts. The first official bout of the evening was sponsored by David Allen and I presented the trophies on behalf of David Allen and was relieved to get in and out of the ring without tripping over the ropes!
At the half way point a raffle and charity auction was held. Unfortunately no one from our table won anything, although I did have a “winning” blue ticket only to find out that it was the wrong serial number? The charity auction featured various sporting memorabilia including signed boxing gloves from David Haye and Ricky Hatton with the highest bid of the evening for a signed Liverpool football shirt??
As the evening progressed the boxers got bigger and stronger and as our table was at ringside we had a perfect view of the power and skill of the lads involved and we all agreed that we were glad to be sitting enjoying a few drinks and would not relish the thought of facing any of the boxers in the ring.
It was reassuring to see how important the safety of the boxers was taken and the professionalism and discipline of all concerned, with each fight ending with handshakes all round.
The event raised in excess of £8,000 for charity; at David Allen we are always keen to support any event that encourages youngsters into a fit and active lifestyle and so in that respect Friday night was a great success.