Help for Heroes - Emirates Stadium: Ringside Report
By Iain Dolan at ringside (Dec 1, 2010) Doghouse Boxing -  
The Emirates stadium played host to the latest round of White Collar boxing to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity. Several hundred people gathered in the Conference Suite to watch a variety of novice matchups with many stepping through the ropes for the first time. There were 19 fights including a women's bout and some kick/Thai boxing, all using a format of three, one minute rounds. I had come, principally, to watch three fighters from High Wycombe, two of whom were making their debuts.

First up was Jeffers "Can't be touched" Cohen who was making his third white collar appearance against Paul "The Stone" Mason. Jeff boxed very well behind a good jab for the first two rounds and followed up with straight rights and hooks. Cohen ran out of gas a bit in the third an allowed Mason to get through with a few shots, when he'd been almost untouched in the first two rounds. Inexplicably, the judges scored it a draw but the superior boxing had, without a doubt, come from Cohen.

Next up was "Parkesy Balboa", who had flown in from New York especially for the event, taking on Darius "The Tank" Thomas. Parksey also showed a good jab but was unable to follow it up with the right hand. As a result Parkesy also shipped quite a lot of punches and walked onto a big shot from Thomas in the third round that caused him to touch down briefly. Thomas deservedly took the decision from the judges but it was a brave effort from Parksey in his first ever outing. He can fly back to New York with his head held high.

Dan "Nuclear" Newton swiflty became a crowd favourite in a big tear up with fellow big man "Pyeman". It wasn't the most technically adept of the night's bouts but there was heart and commitment aplenty. Newton would often lead with a nice jab in the regular exchanges which would then turn into a slug fest with both winging in big hooks. Dan landed the cleaner shots and although both were tired, Pyeman looked ready to go in the 3rd, but somehow stayed up. Again a curious decision from the judges awarding another draw. Not quite the travesty of Jeff Cohen's fight, but I still felt Newton had done more than enough.

It was an excellent night with a good few hundred in attendance . A little dissapointing that the judges seemed to adopt a very casual attitude because it was a charity event. A lot of these boys had worked very hard and deserved to have their efforts on the night acknowledged. The crowd was very noisy, possibly the noisiest it's been at the new Emirates Stadium. A lot of money was raised for a very good cause and there will be another one of these in April.


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