Hi. My name is David Gibbs. I’m a 37 year old lawyer from Leeds. I have two beautiful kids, a wonderful girlfriend and a supportive family. I enjoy eating pizzas and kebabs and all sorts of things that are not good for you. Yet…
Last night I made a decision that I am sure I will regret many times over the next two months. I’ve decided to try my hand at boxing. I don’t mean boxing training but actually a full blown boxing camp, with a film actual fight at the end, at a large event where people spend their own money to watch a fight.
To use the old cliche, I am more a lover than a fighter. I don’t fight. Never have. The last fight I had couldn’t really be called a fight. It was a drunken roll around on a nightclub floor in Benidorm with my little brother over a pair of children’s sunglasses (don’t ask!)
So. Back to boxing. What have I decided to do? It’s with a company called Ultra White Collar Boxing. They run events for ordinary guys, which involves intense fitness and boxing training for a period of 8 weeks followed by a fight with someone from your group. Over 100 people attended the initial event in Leeds last night.
Why? All in the name of charity! UWCB have raised over £4.5million for Cancer Research UK and run over 300 events a year.
The charity is one that’s close to my heart as I’ve lost a number of loved ones to the disease over the last few years including my mum so anything I can do to help rid the world of it will be worth it. Even if that involves being punched in the face a few times.
I have no idea what to expect other than its going to be one of the hardest experiences of my life. Expect lots of blood, sweat and tears and plenty of vomit until my body gets used to the punishment.
Training starts this Tuesday. My world of pain will also start on Tuesday and end on 3rd September at the Royal Armouries in Leeds in front of 1,500 people.
Am I mad? Yes
Am I nervous? Yes
Am I excited? Absolutely!
I am going to try and keep a regular diary of my training and my progress. Hopefully it will be an interesting and informative insight into what is involved. Maybe it will inspire you. Who knows?
If you would like to sponsor me, please check out my JustGiving page here. Tickets are available for the event. Please contact me for details.