Bosses needed who can take the punches

Published November 22nd, 2009 - 01:50 GMT

Middle East executives – male and female - who can roll with the punches in business life are being sought to face the real thing in the boxing ring.

Contestants from all walks of life are being invited to trade blows at Dubai’s own White Collar Fight Night, now in its fifth year, at the Habtoor Grand Hotel, Dubai, on Thursday 5th March 2010. The event combines a black tie dinner with a programme of entertainment and fundraising, culminating in the White Collar bouts.

White Collar Boxing was created for contestants with no prior experience who can take the discipline and dedication needed in the ring back to their workplace. Each year there are women as well as male contestants.

“My respect for White Collar contestants grows with every year,” said John Mamea-Wilson, organiser of the event for the Transguard Group. “The boxing ring is a lonely place and only the truly brave enter.

“During the selection process, we ensure all contestants are equally matched and ready to compete on the night. Every competitor receives professional training and coaching and boxes under the rules of White Collar which make safety and welfare a priority.”

Each bout consists of three, two minute rounds under the supervision of a professional referee. “There are no losers. Anyone who trains and then competes in White Collar is a winner,” Mamea-Wilson added.

Professional trainers and fitness experts take competitors through a rigorous training programme concentrating on improving fitness through exercise and diet, as well as technical training.  The twelve week training programme begins in early January.
White Collar Boxing originated at Gleasons gym New York in 1988. The first contest was held between Dr Richard Novak, an attorney and veterinarian, and Dr David Lawrence who held a PhD in English literature. After the contest the two gentlemen went to dinner to celebrate the birth of a new sport.


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