You may remember my last blog about attending a charity auction for Weston Park Cancer Charity on 5th December 2013 hosted by the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, see https://kinspeed.com/blog/sporting-christmas-lunch-in-aid-of-weston-park-beckons/ . Well when we were there we bid for a charity auction prize, which was 2 tickets at the Weston Park Charity boxing event at Double Tree Hilton on Chesterfield Road in Sheffield. It also included one of Scott Jenkins signed gloves and a pair of Adam Etches signed shorts. So thats how we found ourselves there on a cold December evening on 19th December 2013. I went along with my daughter, home from her first year at Uni, as she had never been to a boxing match before.
The event was very well attended with about 300 people seated at tables aound a central ring. We were seated with Adam Etches’, one of the boxers, family who were very friendly and made us feel very welcome.
I spotted the future world welterweight champion, Kell Brook, walking about and he happily posed with my daughter for a memorable picture.
The evening started with a three course meal of Fishcakes followed by Beef Bourdelaise and Tiramasu for sweet. The service was swift and the food very palatable
We were then treat to a fantastic Dean martin tribute act by Harry Crawley. He ceratinly warmed up the crowd with his swoon classics such as memories are made of this. A few mother in law jokes slipped in added to the entertainment experience
After Dean Martin a comedian from Liverpool staggered around the ring telling quick fire jokes. As always when you see a comedian you can never remember any of them the next day !
Before the boxing started we had the auction and this raised, at my calculations, well over £12,000. Charlie Hill was the auctioneer who coaxed the extra thousands out of the punters pockets, in between comparing the bidders to well known personalities such as Grandad from Only fools and horses, and Clarke Kent. The biggest bid went for a signed picture of Elvis and Mohammed Ali together fully authenicated. Cheap at £4500, wish I was rich I would have loved that !
On to the main event and Scott Jenkins entered the ring to great applause. Scott was paired against a Bulgarian called Yordan Vasilev who proved to be a handfull. He took a lot of punishment from Scott and whilst the decision was a foregone conclusion he refused to go down and lasted the whole 6 rounds.
The main fight was between Adam Etches and Yuri Pompilio who was supposed to be from the Basque region according to my sources on the table. He was certainly a tough cookie and got some real tough punches in. Adam matched and bettered him each round, but this guy certainly was’nt going to be an early round victim, as is the usual case when ‘The Bomber’ gets in the ring. After 6 brutal rounds the decison went to Adam by 3 points, but it was probably one of the hardest fights he has had in his career. The raffle was next and Napoleons provided the champagne prizes, we werent lucky this time but maybe next.
We had to go then but the evening was rounded off by a Motown tribute group called the Gilletttes, who according to my sources were superb.
This was a fantastic evening of food, entertainment and boxing and with a ticket price of £60 was superb value for money. It also supported an excellent cause in the Weston Park Cancer Charity.
If this is on next year I wil be taking all Kinspeed there for the Christmas party. Keep me informed Richard Moxon !
A final word of thanks to all the sponsors on behalf of the Weston Park Cancer Charity including Irwin Mitchell and Yorkshire Windows.
Last but not least if you need any software development, Sage accounting software or pension auto enrollment advice give me, Ian Wragg, a call on 01246 437000
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