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Evening paper news editor gets two black eyes

A news editor ended up with two black eyes after taking part in a charity boxing match.

But Carl Walker, of the Jersey Evening Post, says he would happily do it all again – if his journalist wife-to-be will let him, of course!

After ten intensive weeks of training, Carl Walker joined 17 other volunteers from the island who fought in front of 600 people at the Hotel de France, raising more than £15,000 for charity.

Although Carl finished the bout with two shiners, he says the bruising now appears to be subsiding. He is pictured below right with opponent Mark Taft before the bout.

He said afterwards: “It has been a tough ten weeks and I was very nervous on the day of the fight. But the adrenalin rush I got from fighting in front of so many people took days to wear off.

“I loved it all and would do it again….if my wife to be lets me!”

Carl, who is due to marry fellow JEP reporter Elaine Byrne in Malta on 5 August, trained every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from the beginning of May in preparation for the big night.

He was sponsored by his JEP colleagues in aid of a therapy unit being built for former assistant editor Anthony Lewis, who suffered a stroke in November 2007.

Read more about Carl’s experiences in the ring on his blog