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Boxers get ready to rumble for hospice

Boxers will be fighting fit and on their toes as they pack a punch for Saint Francis Hospice.
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Reg Davies, 56, and Billy Hollyfield, 27, who run Ringside Gym in Elm Park, insist no one will be on the ropes or need saving by the bell during the six hour sparathon on Saturday, June 13.

Robin Dupre, the undefeated cruiserweight from Dagenham, will join Reg Davies's son Chris, 25, and more than 40 members of the gym as they trade blows for a good cause.

"It's going to be a really fun day and we are hoping people will come along and help us to raise as much money as we can for the hospice," said Reg, who has been a boxing trainer for 25 years.

"My mother in law Jeannette Barnes passed away at the hospice last year from cancer. 

"We were so pleased with the way she was looked after. The care was first class and my wife's family were very impressed."

Billy also said his nan Pauline Parkin was cared for at the hospice in the past.

"We are thrilled that Reg and Billy have organised this exciting sparathon to support the hospice," said Linda Borg from the hospice's fundraising team.

"I'm looking forward to being there on the day and maybe even sporting a pair of boxing gloves.

"It is thanks to the generosity and support of local people and organisations like this that we are able to provide the best care and support to everyone who needs it."

Everyone is welcome at the boxing fest, which starts at 9am at the gym on Kings Estate, at the rear of 1 Broadway Parade, Elm Park Avenue.

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L-R:  Ian Greaves, Jay Vith, Billy Hollyfield, Reg Davies, Joe Evers and Chris Jefferies