Boxing butcher set to put up his dukes for Dave
An award-winning butcher, from Elmswell, is set to swap pork for punches as he takes on a boxing challenge.
John Simpson, 62, who works at Suffolk Food Hall and Diaper Poultry, will be fighting in an Ultra White Collar Boxing event at the Best Western Hotel, in Copdock, on December 16.
John is raising money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his brother-in-law, Dave Allum, who died 10 years ago from leukaemia.
He said: “He was only 58 years-old and was like the brother I never had. We were on holiday with him when he first got the rash and within a few months he had died.
“He was a great person with a great personality and I wanted to do something to help the fight against cancer.”
John saw the event online and, being a fan of the spor, signed up for the intensive eight-week training programme for the show.
He said: “I knew it was going to be hard doing gym training twice a week at my age but I had no idea just how tough it was going to be.
“I started full contact sparring last week with guys in their twenties. I have got a few bruises but I am loving it.”
John raised around £1,800 in 2014 by doing a 160ft bungee jump for St Nicholas Hospice Care and hopes to hit another four-figure target again.
He said: “I would love it if I could reach £1,000. The support from family and friends has been brilliant, though they do think I am slightly mad.”
John also said he hoped he could make it to the end of the fight’s trio of two minute rounds and was currently trying to find his perfect walk on music from a couple of tracks including Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick from Ian Drury and The Blockheads.
To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-simpson43