Last night, at a special event in York, the announcements were made of the much anticipated match ups for this Saturday’s William Hill Racing Staff Boxing Night.
The boxing night itself takes place at York Racecourse on Saturday 7th March and features a stellar cast hailing from the Yorkshire racing centres of Middleham and Malton.
Sponsored by William Hill, the boxing night will see 22 competitors from the racing industry pit their fighting prowess against each other, following eight weeks of intensive training delivered by Ultra White Collar Boxing. The list of boxers includes racing grooms, stud staff, farriers, racecourse employees and jockeys, all of whom are raising money for Racing Welfare as part of their participation.
Liam McKee, Global Head of Media & Sponsorship at William Hill said ‘We are delighted to be supporting the fantastic work that Racing Welfare does within the industry by being involved in this great event at York Racecourse. We’re looking forward to seeing the hard work and commitment that everyone has put in to make it to the ring and I’m the sure the same grit and determination will stand them in good stead on Saturday night’.
The main event will feature a match up between amateur rider James John ‘The Durham Cowboy’ Waggott and Davie ‘Baby Bartley’ Gorman. Davie, a work rider for Micky Hammond, said he was taking part in the event not just for the fun but also “because Racing Welfare put me through physio when I had joint dysfunction, so I’d like to do a bit back.”
The evening will also see an exciting match up between Maiti ‘Mayhem’ Stirling and Adele ‘The Blonde Bomber’ Mulrennan. Adele, a raceday presenter & ITV Racing Pundit says she got involved with the event “to try a new sport and to put a show on for everyone, all while helping raise vital funds for Racing Welfare.”
Another standout match up on the night comes between Carl ‘Hitman’ Harwood, a work rider from Sue Smith Racing and Rory ‘The Relentless’ Bevin, Assistant Trainer to Tim Easterby. Speaking about his involvement in the event Rory said “Boxing has appealed to me for a long while, particularly when I used to play a lot of rugby but never managed to find myself in the right place at the right time. The training also seemed an excellent opportunity for a small distraction from racing while also raising money for Racing Welfare.”
Here is the full match up list for the night:
MATCH UP ONE
Aiden ‘Bean Machine’ Macdonald VS Joshua James ‘The Joker’ Scott
MATCH UP TWO
Jacob ‘One Bomb’ Headley VS UWCB Opponent
MATCH UP THREE
Gerasimos ‘The Greek God’ Minetos VS David ‘I’ll fight any1’ Cottle
MATCH UP FOUR
James John ‘The Durham Cowboy’ Waggott VS Davie ‘Baby Bartley’ Gorman
MATCH UP FIVE
Robbie ‘The Silver Fox’ Fitzpatrick VS Aiden ‘The Sixth Sense’ Smithies
MATCH UP SIX
Maiti ‘Mayhem’ Stirling VS Adele ‘The Blonde Bomber’ Mulrennan
MATCH UP SEVEN
Charlotte ‘The Lancaster Bomber’ Lancaster VS UWCB Opponent
MATCH UP EIGHT
Danny ‘Cookie Crumble’ Cook VS Matt ‘The Bodysnatcher’ Brown
MATCH UP NINE
Carl ‘Hitman’ Harwood VS Rory ‘The Relentless’ Bevin
MATCH UP TEN
Clifford ‘Lightning’ Lee VS Shane ‘The Fif’ Gray
MATCH UP ELEVEN
Ryan ‘The CFWarrior’ Timby VS Paul ‘The Silver Bullet’ Mulrennan
MATCH UP TWELVE
Ryan ‘The Furious Farrier’ Batty VS George ‘The Big Show’ Illingworth
The William Hill Racing Staff Boxing Night takes place at York Racecourse on Saturday 7th March; tickets are on sale via Racing Welfare’s website. https://racingwelfare.co.uk/events/william-hill-racing-staff-boxing-night/. Ticket sales close at 3pm on Friday 6th March. You can still sponsor any of the competitors by going to JustGiving and entering their name.