Hot ticket in the social calendar and an adrenaline-fuelled sporting spectacle.
BOODLES BOXING BALL
The biennial Boodles Boxing Ball has become a hotly anticipated night out for well-connected Londoners, and the charity event has grown to encompass much more than just the boxing. But it is the amateur bouts between some of London society’s most famous faces - hard fought matches between men who have trained for many months to get to the peak of their fitness - that the glamorous crowd have come to cheer on.
“In 2002, we put on a charity boxing evening for a few friends to box against each other. It started out as a bit of fun, but ended up a huge success – discounting my broken nose,” says James Amos, Director of Boodles. “It put the wheels in motion for the Boodles Boxing Ball, the first of which took place in 2006. We were honoured that Prince William and Kate Middleton could join us and, as a result, the event made front-page news. We haven’t looked back since.”
“It’s a big event for Boodles, but a very personal one too. It’s most definitely not your typical corporate function – we see it as an event put on by friends, for friends. The feedback is always incredible, and the generosity of guests amazes me too.”
In 2013, the Boodles Boxing Ball was held at Grosvenor House Hotel, the only venue with enough space to accommodate its growing popularity. The dress code was ‘Black tie with a hint of Pink’ and the charity fundraiser attracted over 1,100 guests including royals, high society and some of the country’s brightest stars. It also succeeded in raising over £200,000 for the children’s charity Starlight.
Glamour, grit and a generous dose of giving are the ingredients that make the amateur event such a unique one. You won’t find a professional boxer in the house – unless they are watching from behind the ropes.
The next Boodles Boxing Ball will be taking place at Grosvenor House Hotel on Saturday 12th September 2015 and will raise funds for ‘The Gordon Ramsay Foundation’ in association with Cancer Research UK. The fights have now be confirmed as follows:
1. Harry Fife v AM Dupee (73kg confirmed fight weight)
2. Jo Salley v Danielle Raper (52kg confirmed fight weight)
3. Will Turnage v Ollie Barnet (86kg confirmed fight weight)
4. Liam Botham v Harry Adams (92kg confirmed fight weight)
5. David Gaule v Ollie Phillips (89kg confirmed fight weight)
6. Rob Sugden v Henry Head (110kg confirmed fight weight)