Premier Training Web Developer Kalvin McKenna got his gloves on to raise more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.
After watching a friend in action at an Ultra White Collar Boxing event last year, Kalvin was inspired to follow his lead and train for a contest of his own. Following eight weeks of intensive training, he stepped into the ring for his moment of truth.
He said: “In June 2018 I sat at a table at the UWCB event where my friend was competing. When I listened to the effects cancer has on, not only the person with the disease, but also their families, I knew I had to do more. So I decided I was going to put my body on the line in the effort to help raise money for Cancer Research UK.”
Having organised more than 1,000 events since 2009, Ultra White Collar Boxing has raised a staggering £17 million for Cancer Research UK. That makes it the charity’s biggest fundraiser in the UK.
An unforgettable experience
“On my quest I met and trained with an amazing bunch of people who helped fight cancer as part of the UWCB team,” Kalvin added. “It was a night I won’t forget any time soon – I still feel like I dreamed it. To stand in front of over 1,000 people and help raise money in the fight against cancer. It was one of the toughest but greatest achievements of my life.
“It was a really tough fight and a great match up. I didn’t come out victorious but I was more than happy with my performance for this great cause. As Rocky once said ‘Going in one more round when you don’t think you can. That’s what makes all the difference in your life.’
“Premier Training were so supportive while I was going through the training. The company sponsored my vest while lots of staff members also donated to the cause.”