Steve Smith, managing director of Hi-line Industries, has participated in a series of boxing matches in Burton upon Trent, raising money for Cancer Research UK in the process. The series was organised by Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB), from 18 March to 18 April 2023. Steve took part in memory of his late mother, June.
Steve has raised more than £4,600 for the charity. “I wanted to raise money for research into cancer cures because this devastating disease must cease,” he said. “At Hi-line we have a long association with supporting local sport, so UWCB seemed the ideal opportunity to make a further contribution. I must offer my thanks everyone who has made a donation. We associate ourselves with success at Hi-line Industries and take our social and charitable responsibilities very seriously, so a massive thank you to all who have helped make this fundraising event so hugely successful.”
A video of the bout between Steve ‘Nitro’ Smith (wearing blue) and his challenger Matt Long is available to view on YouTube. Anyone wishing to support Steve and pledge a donation to Cancer Research UK can do so on his Just Giving page.
UCWB is a spin off from White Collar Boxing, which began in New York in 1988. The inaugural event saw two ‘white collar’ workers, a doctor and an attorney, who had trained for a few weeks, face each other during a black tie event in 2009. UCWB became a corporate partner of Cancer Research UK in 2013.
Anyone taking part in a UWCB bout receive eight weeks of free training at a local boxing gym with professional coaches. Once training is complete, participants are paired with an opponent from the same group of trainees based on weight, fitness, ability and age, to ensure a fair and competitive bout under strict safety guidelines.