Fighters wanted for charity bouts

White-collar boxing organisation the Real Fight Club hopes to persuade charities' corporate partners to stage fights to raise money for good causes.

It is appealing for charities to convince their sponsors to put forward employees to take part.

Fighters will pay for 20 weeks' training in the run-up to the bouts, which will take place at black-tie gala events funded by the charity's corporate partners.

Since the club was launched in 2000, it has held about 20 similar events, raising £800,000 for charities.

"We had a major black-tie event last year and raised £90,000 for Sparks, the children's medical research charity," said spokesman Nick Stafford-Deitsch. "We are keen to raise the profile and increase the number of these events, and I don't see why we couldn't raise the same amount for other charities."

But a spokesman for Headway, a brain injury charity, criticised the scheme. "We cannot condone an activity that carries such a high risk of brain injury, for however good a cause," he said.

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