A Mansfield grandad who has never boxed before steps into the ring with a former British champion to raise funds for his colleague who has been diagnosed with cancer for a second time.
Dominic Chiverton, of White Rose Avenue, has just weeks to prepare himself for the fight of his life as he goes up against British cruiserweight champion Shane McPhilbin in a exhibition boxing bout at Shirebrook Leisure Centre, on Park Road on Saturday, December 12.
The reason behind the match is to help Dominic’s work mate from Blakemore’s in Alfeton, Matthew Morton who has recently been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for a second time in six years.
Dominic said: “Matthew is a great guy and is really going through the mill at the minute.
“I know him and his wife Sarah, are up against it at the minute with Christmas just around the corner and trying to keep things normal for Lewis their little lad so I wanted to try and help out and ease some of the financial pressure.”
Both of Dominic’s two sons, now in their late 20s, have been boxers but for the 51-year-old it was always just a dream to be in the ring.
“I thought a charity boxing match would be something a bit different and finally give me a chance to see what it is like when the gloves go on.”
After speaking to boxing promoter Roger Brotherhood from the Body and Soul Gym Dominic is now receiving free tuition and use of the facilities.
He has been in training for seven weeks already, gone tee-total and has already lost two stone.
“I’m exhausted,” said Dominic “but I’m so excited about the match and hope I can raise some money to help Matthew with his bills and make life a bit easier.”
Matthew was diagnosed six years ago and went into remission but 18 months ago the cancer came back.
To help boost sponsor money Dominic has been taking forms with him when he goes into shops on his delivery run.
“People have been great when I tell them I’m doing this for Matthew, he is such a great guy, a really fantastic bloke who is always upbeat and everyone one has got behind me.”
The charity match will be against Nottinghamshire’s own British champ Shane McPhilbin, who took the title in 2012 aged 26.
“Roger has told Shane all about the reasons why we are boxing so he won’t be out to annihilate me - I hope - but I don’t want any panda punches from him I’m taking it seriously and so should he.”
The event is almost sold out with Dominic having only a handful of tickets left having sold 64 himself and Roger is giving a percentage of all his ticket sales to help the cause.
On the night there will also be a raffle with a signed Mansfield Town football shirt as one of the prizes. Most of the money will go to Matthew and some will be given to cancer charity Macmillan to support other families in need.
To buy a ticket contact Dominic on 07738618079 or to donate to his online fundraising page click HERE