A GROUP of women from in and around the Burton area are preparing to go head to head in the boxing ring to raise money for charity – despite the fact many of them have never boxed in their lives.
Until two months ago most of the women taking part had never stepped inside the ring, but next Sunday, they will strap on their gloves and fight with another novice in a Pink Collar Boxing Event.
It will be taking place at the National Brewery Centre, in Burton, and will be in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and other charities.
Belinda Wright, one of the boxers taking part, said the nerves were already kicking in ahead of the big fight.
The 44-year-old said: “I am getting really nervous now. I’m not eating as much as I should or sleeping as much as I should, as it’s getting very close now.
“It’s hard work, but it’s a great group of girls. Everyone has put a lot of effort in and we’re all one big team. We’ve been pulling together and have really worked hard.”
Pink Collar Boxing sees women training for eight weeks before heading into the ring to spar for two minutes.
Mrs Wright, of Park Road, Newhall, will be taking part in honour of a friend’s mum and grandma, who died recently.
She initially got involved as she wanted to challenge herself – though she did not realise at the time how difficult it would be. She was encouraged by her 18-year-old daughter, who has been boxing for five years.
“It’s very hard work. I have never sweat so much in my life. I did a little exercise before, but this really makes you push yourself. It’s good because you can’t not do it.
“I do a boxfit class, but had never sparred. It was scary and really tiring. Boxfit is nothing compared to this,” she said.
Though she has enjoyed the experience, she said she thought she would hang up her boxing gloves after this.
The group has been training at the Workout Gym, on Wetmore Road in Burton.
Another event is being run at The Waterfall, in Derby, where women from that area will face each other in the ring.
Tickets for the Burton event are available by calling 07969 291006.