For the first time in five years, Olympic-style amateur boxing is back in St. Andrews! Unlike the ‘Fight Club’ event, the ‘Boxing Club Charity Home Show,’ which is on Saturday 17 November, is organized by the university’s boxing club and is backed by the university itself. Will Murdock (social representative) and Blaise Cooper (club president) are confident that this event will be one that should not be missed.
So why do Cooper and Murdock think this type of boxing event will be better than one like fight club? The bottom line is it’s safer. They say that “Amateur boxing (what we do) is what you see at the Olympics. It has a governing body, the AIBA, that has a very strict set of rules and safety standards that have to be met. … ‘Fight Club’ is White collar boxing –basically unlicensed with no governing body. While some shows do have good safety, they fight under a variety of different licenses that don’t have a uniform set of rules, which as a result can lead to a much greater risk of injury”. This event is exciting because it is truly the first boxing event of its kind at this university.
The Boxing Club Charity Home Show will consist of ten bouts of Olympic-style amateur boxing featuring fighters from the clubs as well as from other universities and local boxing gyms. Their fighters have been training tirelessly and will be competing in Younger Hall in aid of YoungMinds, one of the UK’s leading charities supporting young people with mental health issues (youngminds.org.uk). The event is also sponsored by JAR Capital, who are making it possible for almost all of the ticket revenue to go to the charity rather than operating costs.
Not only would going to this event help support an amazing non-profit organization, but it also sounds like a fun night to admire some good quality boxing. The coordinators have said “please, join us for a drink and watch the product of your fellow student’s hard work as they do us proud in the ring”.
So, head on over to Younger Hall on Saturday, if this sounds like the event for you. Keep in mind that if you were to buy a ticket you would also have access to the after-party in 601.