A regional daily journalist is set to take part in a charity boxing match despite having “never thrown a punch” in her life.
Charlotte Callear, reporter at Wolverhampton-based daily the Express & Star, is set to compete in the fundraising bout in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Charlotte, pictured, will join fellow fundraisers in an evening of so-called “ultra white collar” matches, where amateurs have to face off in the ring.
She is currently in the final stages of an eight-week training regime ahead of the bout, to be held at Wolverhampton Racecourse on Saturday.
In a feature for the Express & Star about her preparation, Charlotte said: “I love the idea of raising cash for a good cause, but the thought of running – unless it’s a hot bath after a long day – seems daunting, and considering my less than impressive culinary skills, a bake sale would drive people away. So boxing it is.
“As a petite 5ft 5 inch woman weighing 62kg, I had never thrown a punch or ever been punched in my life, so I had my apprehensions about signing up. But after the first session I knew I had nothing to fear. The group was a melting pot of different people, all with two things in common – the complete inability to box and a desire to raise money for charity.”
She added: “By the time we started sparring my heart was beating out of my chest. Everything I had learned escaped my mind once I faced a person in boxing gloves in the ring rather than a bag that couldn’t hit back.
“But after regaining my senses, the experience was addictive as the adrenaline kicked in and I took a few hits, including one blow to the nose. The training has left me bloody, sweaty and physically sick on more than one occasion due to sheer intensity of it all.
“Has it all been worth it? I guess I will find out in a few days time when my newly honed fighting skills are really put to the test.”