The managing director of a railway construction company has taken to the boxing ring in a brave bid to raise money for Cancer Research.
Daniel Jane, who leads VS Rail, took up the sport, called White Collar Boxing, quite recently.
‘How I got myself into this? Not totally sure why I did, and I don’t plan on doing it again,’ says Dan recovering at corporate HQ in Romsey, Hampshire.
‘A friend in London did a similar event and this inspired me to have a look into it. Cancer Research UK is a good cause and boxing is something that I had never done before and was well outside of my comfort zone.’
Dan’s father died of cancer 15 years ago. ‘I suppose there’s a bit of self- preservation here,’ Dan says.
Organised by Ultra White Collar Boxing, participants who sign up undergo a rigorous eight-week training programme.
‘My training programme started at the Phoenix Club in Bournemouth where all participants trained together two sessions per week. Skills were quickly learnt and fitness improved, building up for the big night of the fight.’
Undaunted by the coming bout, Dan had also signed up to do a triathlon, which took place just two weeks after the fight.
‘The whole exercise has been a bit of a trigger, really. It’s inspired me to go on getting and keeping fit,’ says Dan.
‘The triathlon was across Scotland, coast-to-coast, and included cycling, trail running and kayaking, 105 miles in total.’
The bout took place at the Bournemouth International Conference Centre. ‘I lost my fight, but raised over £2,000 for Cancer Research with the money raised on the night exceeding £15,000.
Since Ultra White Collar Boxing started a few years ago, it has raised over £2 million for Cancer Research UK.’
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