Boxing Clever

Gary Rowett & Scott Lawton

GARY ROWETT found himself in unusual surroundings as the showcase event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Stoke City Community Trust was announced.

2019 marks the milestone moment in the Trust’s history and a series of special fund-raising events are planned – the first of which will be a white-collar boxing night at Stoke-on-Trent’s King’s Hall.

Rowett staged his pre-Nottingham Forest press conference at IMPACT Boxing Gym, who are staging the event in conjunction with the Trust.

Two-time English lightweight champion Scott Lawton runs Fenton-based IMPACT and will be training the white-collar fighters which, it’s hoped, may include several former Potters stars.

White-collar boxing is a form of boxing in which men and women in white-collar professions, most of whom have had no previous experience of the sport, train to fight at special events.

Rowett, a keen boxing fan himself who is pictured with Lawton, said: “It’s fantastic to come down here, meet Scott and hear all about the boxing event.

“The Club places itself squarely at the heart of its local community and I know the Trust has done some fantastic work over the last three decades.

“It’s grown enormously over the years but has never lost sight of its core value, helping the people of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, particularly those who may be less fortunate than others.”

Adrian Hurst, Head of the Community Trust, added: “2019 is an exciting year for everyone connected with the Trust. We wanted to do something different to get the anniversary celebrations underway and we certainly think a white collar boxing night fits that bill.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever held an event of this nature and a number of our former players have expressed an interest in taking part.”

The boxing night will take place on Friday, April 12 and details of when tickets go on sale will be announced in due course.

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