Do you think you’d have what it takes to do 8 weeks of hard boxing training, step into the squared circle in front of hundreds of bloodthirsty spectators, and put it all on the line in a slugfest against a grizzled opponent?
Well, that’s exactly what our Customer Service Manager did!
CluedUpp’s resident Rocky, “Lights Out” Luke, took part in a charity boxing match with local organiser Ultra White Collar Boxing for Cancer Research in Bedford on Sunday the 24th April. And we couldn’t be more proud of him.
Just like all the boxing greats, Luke has been training first thing in the morning, coming into the office whilst it’s still dark to get in extra training in the boardroom with our eCommerce Manager, Eliot.
The CluedUpp team has witnessed firsthand his hard work, sacrifice, and incredible progress, and we’ve all been highly anticipating his big moment.
He was one of 30 fighters who trained for 8 weeks in preparation for the big night, and the CluedUpp team came out in force to support him, along with a whole bunch of family and friends, all dressed in our finest suits and ball gowns.
The opening ceremony was a parade of fighters, with all the contestants coming into the ring to raucous applause and deafening cheering. You could feel the tension in the room as 30 men and women got ready to don gloves and prepare for combat. The parade was a celebration of the hard work each participant has put into training and fundraising.
Luke’s fight was an incredible contest against a tough opponent. Powerful shots were landed by both fighters, with good movement and counterpunching from each side. Luke had the speed and movement advantage, circling nicely out of the way and landing counter jabs, and solid right hooks to the body.
His foe had the edge on power, throwing heavy 1-2s and plowing forwards. Although in the end he wasn't victorious, we are all beyond proud of Luke for his incredible performance, hard work, and phenomenal fundraising for a worthy cause.
Luke said: “I’m really pleased that I took part in this experience - it pushed me out of my comfort zone and I’m proud of the progress I made in training. I’d love to have the opportunity to do it again. I want to thank everyone who supported me and helped me raise vital funds for a charity that’s close to my heart”.
Overall, the Bedford event raised over £20,000 for Cancer Research with Luke’s contribution coming to a total of £800 towards the event.
If you would like to donate, you can do so through his page here.