Slugging it out for Cambodia's kids

3 Feb 2009

Who says boxing greats Manny Pacquiao and Evander Holyfield have to have all the fun?

Executives will have their day in the ring on March 26 at the second WWBA-sanctioned White Collar Boxing in Asia event in Hongkong. WWBA stands for the World White Collar Boxing Association and the venue is the InterContinental Hotel Ballroom.

The black-tie event will see a WWCBA title fight contested with Budgie “Dynamite” Wright of Merrill Lynch taking on Jonathan “The Edge” Gurnsey of Credit Suisse for the Welterweight title.

Though old friends, the two are also business rivals, who are willing to “slug it out”, all in the name of their preferred beneficiary, the Children’s Surgical Center in Cambodia.

“People want to us there as adversaries. And they are willing to pay money to a very worthy charitable cause, which is my greatest motivations,” says Wright.

Organiser Vanda Promotions presented the first match in Hongkong last August, which raised HK$550,000 (US$72,924) for the Red Cross Special School as well as the Cambodian charity.

The ladies are also jumping into the fray with the first WWCBA sanctioned bout taking place that night between Swede Ulrica Andersson and American Lissa Howard.

Tables for 10 people are sold at HK$25,000 (US$3,224)/Ringside, HK$23,000 (US$2,966)/Early Bird, HK$22,000 (US$2,837)/Platinum, HK$21,000 (US$2,708)/Early Bird, HK$20,000 (US$2,579)/Gold and HK$18,750 (US$2,148)/Early Bird. This includes drinks reception, four-course dinner and free flow on wine and beer.

For more details, email [email protected] or tel 656292 7605.

May the best man – and woman win!

Margie T Logarta

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