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The Fighting Club Revived in Asia

Updated on February 22, 2009

photo credit: The Hong Kong Standard

They are Fighting it With All Their Might

Bankers, lawyers and accountants in Hong Kong and Singapore are becoming lean and mean. They are battling the financial meltdown as well as the ill fate that awaits Cambodian children who are penniless and await surgery. Inside the Intercontinental Hong Kong hotel ballroom on March 26, these professional elites in white collars and black ties will not be dancing. For charity and love of the sport, they’ll be fighting at the second White Collar Boxing event in Hong Kong. I got to know about the event as two of my own patients are questioning me when they could start training after their operations in January.

“Is it running? That should be all right.”

“No, it’s boxing. To train for it, I’m supposed to rehearse taking repeated blows on my abds.”

“No kidding!”

Subsequently, I got the explanation that these lean men and women have undergone 12 weeks of intensive training for the event, which aims to raise money for the Children's Surgical Center in Cambodia. The first title fight of the event will be between Budgie "Dynamite" Wright, 45, of Merrill Lynch and Jonathan "The Edge" Gurnsey, 43, from Credit Suisse in the welterweight division. Meanwhile, Swede Ulrica Andersson and American Lissa Howard will be staged as the first female fighters in this Asian event.

I look forward to seeing men and women getting fit and charitable and Cambodian children getting the surgical treatment they long await. You can follow the link to the event if you want to see the fight. If you’re miles away and still want to help, click the link to the Children’s Surgical Center to see whether there’s something you can do. By the way, I’m sure your local charities are also having problem finding cash and sponsorship. You can call them and check out whether they need your money, time or talent.

Have a good day, and happy returns for helping others in need.


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    • Benson Yeung profile image

      Benson Yeung 9 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi Cris, these guys appear to be hooked on the sport. They reassure me it's pretty safe. Let's hope so.

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      Cris A 9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Anything for a good cause - even a "fight" :D

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      Benson Yeung 9 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi JR,

      thanks for your support. I believe that those of us who have the fortune of having an audience should say and write something of help to the others whenever we can.


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      Benson Yeung 9 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi goldentoad (but somehow it doesn't look like you),

      thanks for your support.

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      Rodney Fagan 9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Not into boxing, hey but if helps the kids health, go for it.

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      goldentoad 9 years ago from Free and running....

      I'm always up to watch a good fight. I just might tune in for that and if its for a good cause, even better.