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 the 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.
In 2015, the Boodles Boxing Ball returned for the sixth and final time and was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on London’s Park Lane – the only venue with enough space to accommodate its huge popularity. Tying in with the Boodles brand colours, the dress code was ‘Black tie with a hint of Pink’ and the charity fundraiser attracted high society guests, including Pippa Middleton and some of the country’s brightest stars, from Gordon Ramsay to Holly Branson. It also succeeded in raising a staggering £550,000 for The Gordon Ramsay Foundation supporting Cancer Research UK.
“After six events, lots of fun and many years of hard work from the committee” recalled James Amos, “it felt like the right time to bring the event to a close. We wanted to leave on a high and to raise significantly more on the last round – we certainly managed to do so with over half a million raised in 2015, taking the grand total to £1.2million.” But James added “There is a whisper that the spirit of the Boodles Boxing Ball may be kept alive with a London vs. New York event a couple of years from now.” Watch this space…!
The results of the final six bouts 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