Blemain Finance underwriter Dan Nathan will take to the ring later this month to box for charity.
Nathan, nicknamed the ‘Tower of Power’ due to his 6ft 5in frame, will box for the first time to raise money for the Maccabi Sports and Community Centre in Prestwich.
The centre, which provides sports and leisure facilities for Manchester residents with disabilities, is threatened with closure due to a lack of funds.
On the big day, 16 boxers will fight it out before an audience of more than 500 local business people.
The first-time fighters have been preparing since early December at the Northside Amateur Boxing Club in Clayton, with Nathan’s gruelling regime seeing him train five nights a week to get fighting fit by the time the bell rings.
He says: “Some big guys are taking part but I believe my fitness will win the day for me. And anyway, if I end up on the canvas it will be for a good cause.”
The event will take place in Manchester’s Piccadilly Hotel on March 27.