A hot ticket amongst well-connected Londoners, the Boodles Boxing Ball has become one of the most highly anticipated events on the London social scene, and has grown to encompass much more than just boxing. But it is the amateur bouts between some of London society’s most famous faces - hard fought matches between men and women who have trained for many months to get to the peak of their fitness - which the glamorous crowd gather to cheer on.
“In 2002, we put on a charity event to give a few friends the chance 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.”
“The Boodles Boxing Ball has become one of the highlights of the Boodles events calendar, but it has a very personal feeling about the way it is run. It’s definitely not a 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.” Glamour, grit and a generous dose of giving are the ingredients that make the amateur event so unique.
After a four year hiatus the high profile society event The Boodles Boxing Ball returned for the 7th time, in association with Argentex and YouTube; welcoming guests in black tie with a ‘hint of pink’ at Old Billingsgate, in the City of London. Organised by James Amos, Alice Beaumont, Bear Maclean, Jez Lawson, Charlie Gilkes and Hugh Van Cutsem; the event welcomed a host of high profile and celebrity guests including Amber Le Bon, Myleene Klass, David Blaine, Emilia Wickstead, Nell Hudson, Nathalie Pinkham, Tom Parker Bowles, Will Greenwood, Dereck Chisora, Matthew Freud, Ronan Keating and Jacobi Calthorpe amongst others, all of whom offered their support to the benefiting charity, Hope and Homes For Children. An astounding £750,000 was raised on the night surpassing the events’ previous phenomenal records.
Guests enjoyed a champagne and Mr. Foggs cocktail reception followed by dinner, during which a menu created by Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge was enjoyed. The meal included ‘Potted Lock Duart Salmon with Apple Jelly, Pickled Cucumber and Seeded Crackers’, followed by ‘Braised Lamb Shank with Pea and Lamb Ragu, Spiced Mayonnaise and Charred Gem Lettuce’ and ‘Brown Butter Tart with Buttermilk Ice Cream’.
After dinner Tom Odell, a long term supporter of the charity, took to the stage for a moving performance before Jonny Gould auctioned off a host of money can’t buy auction prizes to raise money for the charity, including a private performance with world renowned magician David Blaine, shooting at Gatcombe Park with Mike Tindall and a limited edition David Yarrow piece.
Boodles Director James Amos says: ‘We said 2015 would be the last Boodles Boxing Ball but here we are, four years later, putting on another big night. In all honesty, we missed the fun of doing the event, but importantly also my support for the charity has grown immeasurably over the last four years and I wanted to put on the event for them. In fact I wanted to put the event on to raise money for the children I have met in orphanages in Romania and Rwanda who are trapped in an awful
and hopeless existence.’
The results of the final six bouts in 2015 were as follows:
1. Harry Fife (WON) v Chris Stewart
2. Jo Salley (WON) v Danielle Raper
3. Will Turnage (WON) v Ollie Barnet
4. Liam Botham (WON) v Harry Adams
5. David Gaule (WON) v Ollie Phillips
6. Rob Sugden (WON) v Henry Head