By day, Karl Southwood is a media sales executive; but he hopes to be a knockout success when he enters the ring for a charity boxing bout next weekend at Ponds Forge.
Karl -who won his first two charity fights, one in the first round after breaking his opponents’ nose – is searching for a hat-trick of victories but has a bigger goal in mind – raising money for The Children’s Hospital Charity.
“A former colleague of mine’s son has been cared for there for the last four months, so I wanted to do something to help them,” Karl said.
“My last two fights have been rewarding for me – improving my fitness, picking up a new hobby and, of course, winning – but they’ve also been rewarding for the charities I fought for.
“This time, I wanted a different charity which helps different types of everyday people.
“Through donations, Sheffield Children’s Hospital buy life saving equipment, fund vital research and create a comfortable, engaging environment for our children, I’m sure this is a charity that everyone cares about.”
Karl’s last fight raised over £600 in memory of his grandmother, who passed away from Alzheimer’s. He has currently raised over £350 – smashing his original target of £250.
Karl, who trains at Sheffield Boxing Centre with Glyn Rhodes and Sam Sheedy, has recruited three colleagues to also box on the night and is being sponsored by Wake Smith Solicitors.