Mark’s charity fundraiser packs a punch

When it comes to getting the money in, for most in the motor trade the gloves come off to clinch the action.


But for Mark Gulliver of English Ford in Poole the gloves went on and clinches were to be avoided as he boxed his way to a £2,155 total for Cancer Research during a white collar boxing event at the Bournemouth International Centre organised by Phoenix MMA Gym, where Mark underwent a gruelling eight weeks training as he had never boxed before.


He has always been an enthusiastic boxing spectator but when he heard about the charity night he thought it was a good chance to get into the ring. On the way to raising the most money of any participant, and winning his three round fight on points, Mark also managed to lose a stone and half in weight and become much fitter.


“I am probably the fittest I have ever been and I’m now 37 years old,” said service manager Mark. “I would like to thank everyone who has donated and the 50 people who came along on the night to support me. I had the biggest crowd of supporters among any of the 102 boxers taking part and I couldn’t let them down!


“Of course there were no real winners and losers on the night because everyone who stepped into the ring was a beginner and we all gained from the hard work of Marc Plunkett, the trainer at Phoenix Gym.”