TRAINING is in full swing for the 30 contestants taking part in Limerick’s White Collar boxing event which takes place at the South Court Hotel on December 3.
The countdown has begun for the big Christmas fight night and fitness levels are starting to peak as all the contestants prepare both physically and mentally for the event. This is the first time that any of them will have taken part in a boxing competition.
All the training is taking place under the supervision of Blue Shinners, Jason Kenny and the team at Forever Fit promotions.
According to Mr Shinners, the sessions are tough but the enthusiasm of everyone is commendable and the team is training very hard.
“After weeks of technique and skill preparation the fighters have started to put them into practice with light sparring sessions,” he said.
All the fighters have been supplied with professional boxing equipment and must wear headgear, proper gloves and gum shields while sparring.
“This equipment takes some time in getting used to but with a little perseverance it becomes second nature to use as safety is paramount with all our training camps,” added Mr Shinners.
Boxing sessions take place at St Francis Boxing Club with a world class team of coaches, Olympic champion Michael Carruth and top Irish coach Ken Moore.
The 30 contestants also attend the elite high performance gym at the University Arena each Saturday arranged by Dave Maheedy and Alan Ward. Strength conditioning training sessions are essential for boxers building strength and speed.
The Forever Fit promotions team have designed a specific programme for the camp to isolate the muscle groups most used by boxers. The team will also have talks on nutrition and diet and the importance of fuelling for sports.
The event is for a good cause, with all the money raised being donated to local charities.
“This year each fighter has chosen their own personal charity to fight for which gives great opportunities to lots of local charities,” said Mr Shinners.
“On the night we will have lots of great fights and entertainment for all the family. Tickets are now on sale at Gleeson’s Sports Scene and JJB fitness club, and from each of the the contestants. Tickets cost €15 for adults and €8 for children.”