Killer Bunny and The Axe prepare for White Collar ‘Fright’ Night

Killer Bunny and The Axe prepare for White Collar ‘Fright’ Night 02 Jun 2011
Killer Bunny and The Axe prepare for White Collar ‘Fright’ Night

Corporate challengers in Dubai begin training ahead of White Collar Fight Night 2011, as businesspeople become boxers

Contenders for the White Collar Fight Night 2011 are by now well into their gruelling training sessions ahead of the event, as an antipodean mix of corporate professionals swap their business suits for boxing gloves and gum shields.
Before testing their mettle in the ring, the mixed bag of aspiring pugilists – including Dan ‘The Axe’ Wood, an Australian lawyer; Mark ‘Lightning’ Porter – a British Commercial Manager and Lise ‘The Killer Bunny’ Knudsen, a Norwegian client relationship manager – they must first make it through the White Collar Fight Night training regime.

Now in its seventh edition, the event which takes place at the Habtoor Grand Hotel, Dubai, on Friday 10 June 2011, will combine an ‘undercard event’ of a black tie dinner, complete with entertainment programme, with the evening’s main attraction, eight, three-round bouts of the ‘noble art’ of white collar boxing.

Just days after announcing the call for entries, organiser Transguard Events was inundated with enquiries and was eventually oversubscribed. Raising money for charity is a focus of White Collar Fight Night, with a third of fighters’ sponsorship fees donated to Christel House, which provides education to underprivileged children in Bangalore, India.

“The event has become a must-see event in Dubai’s social calendar, providing a chance for the corporate ‘suits’ of the UAE to show their heart, helping those in need, getting fit and mixing-it-up in a public boxing spectacle – all in the name of charity,” said Mark Povey, organiser of White Collar on behalf of Transguard Group.

Organised into two teams, competitors meet in a line-up that includes eight fights on the night, including two women’s bouts.

In addition to The Lighting and The Killer Bunny, red team comprises John Davy, a 47-year-old account manager from Britain, Robbie Gray, a Contracts Manager, and Indian expat Chirag ‘The Tank’ Rami.

Joining The Axe on the blue team are British Engineer Keith ‘Kia Kaha’ England, Gemma ‘The Dilemma’ Pointon, a British HR manager and Chris Stevenson, a Sales Director and Adam Kechil, and a local media presenter respectively.

“Before even climbing in the ring for the major bout, the contenders are committing 100% to the challenge of White Collar Fight Night, including a rigorous regime of early morning starts, physical training and controlled diet – it is fantastic to see the transformation in their fitness and technique, as we turn business-people into boxers,” added Povey.
Originating at Gleasons Gym, New York, more than 20 years ago, the first White Collar Boxing contest was held between two very different professionals - Dr Richard Novak, an attorney and veterinarian, and Dr David Lawrence who held a PhD in English literature. After the contest the two went to dinner to celebrate the birth of a new sporting event.

This year’s contest has received backing from Dubai’s business community with a number of high profile sponsors pledging their support, including; Al Gandhi, Meydan Hotels, WSP, Frank’s International and many others.

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