The incredible team at Groubook put on our first Charity Boxing event last night to raise money for two invaluable charities, Mind and Calm. 18 brave fighters and hundreds of spectators packed Pryzm and lit it up with a phenomenal atmosphere. Congratulations to all of the fighters, you did yourselves PROUD & thank you to all the people who came and made it such a special night.
For those unable to attend, here's a recap of how it went...
Tensions were high as the Boxers waited behind the scenes. But the tension was matched by high energy that swiftly turned nerves into excitement!
Everyone piled in the ring for photos and all-round celebrations.
Pep talks were given to boxers and drinks flowed among the audience as we waited in anticipation for the matches to begin.
Interviews were conducted by Trent TV as the venue filled up rapidly.
It was a proud moment for everyone at Groubook to see everyone enjoying themselves after months of planning!
The fights began...
It was hard to believe these volunteers had only been training for 8 weeks. The level of skill was beyond impressive.
Each match consisted of 3 rounds at 3 minutes each; Every match was equal and it was clear that each boxer gave their all! The adrenaline was evident as the crowd cheered them on.
The action shots below give you a good idea of how intense the matches were.
Each boxer was a champ in their own right, whether they won their match or not. Everyone held the upmost respect for all the volunteers and was immensely proud of what they'd achieved.
The celebrations didn't end there...
Meet the team behind the event! And a special thanks to Jack (looking suave in his grey waistcoat) who had the idea for the event, and almost single-handedly organised it as we watched it come to fruition.
After 9 gripping matches, once all the raffle prizes had been distributed to the lucky winners, we headed around the corner to the Cell for the Grafters Afterparty!
Spirits were high as we danced the night away! It was amazing to see the industry come together for a night of fun, after the hard times we've all endured recently. If you missed out on this event, don't worry...it may not be our last!
Our JustGiving pages for both Mind and CALM are still open to donations and we'd love to continue raising money for these charities.
Images: Cyclops Multimedia 📸