“It’s going to be a great night” – that’s Walsall sporting hero Martin Gethin’s knockout verdict for Well Wishers’ forthcoming charity boxing show.
Martin, former British lightweight boxing champion and patron of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s charity, is helping Well Wishers organise up to 10 bouts at the eagerly-awaited fundraising fight night on Friday 6 October at Rushall Labour Club.
And the former International Boxing Federation lightweight champion can’t wait for the show.
“Most of the boxers are coming to my gym to train, so it gives us a chance to look at them and assess their fitness,” said Martin.
“There’s always really good banter between the boxers – they will battle it out in the ring and then shake each other’s hand at the end and have a drink together.
“It’s just about getting in there and enjoying yourself and there’s always a great atmosphere in the dressing room between the boxers. It’s going to be a great night.”
Martin is at the heart of the annual event and has seen it grow over the years.
“It’s raised thousands of pounds for a good cause and every year it seems to get bigger,” he added. “As it gets closer to the night, the boxers start getting a bit nervous and their training is more intense but they all train together and it’s really enjoyable.”
This year’s proceeds will go to the Trust’s Paediatric Assessment Unit and Children’s Emergency Department to make the area look less clinical, as well as making the breaking news/family room a more peaceful setting. Toys will also be bought for bays and waiting areas.
Well Wishers is also happy to hear from boxers who want to take part.
Tickets, priced £15 including a buffet, are on sale by calling 01922 721172 extensions 6643 or 7279, by emailing email@example.com or visiting the Fundraising Hub in the Main Atrium at Walsall Manor Hospital (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).
On the night, the doors open at Rushall Labour Club at 7pm and the first bout at 8.15pm. The address is Liberty House, Lichfield Road, Walsall, WS4 1HB and the dress code is smart.