THE GLITZ, GLAMOUR, GUTS AND GLORY OF SHHANGHAI’S BRAWL ON THE BUND RETURNS
(Shanghai, China May 16, 2014) One of the highlights of Shanghai is social calendar, and the sell-out black tie event of the year, Brawl on the Bund returns at Hyatt on the Bund on Saturday June 14. Guests are prepared for an exciting night of white collar boxing, champagne cheering, dancing and yet again more money to be raised for local charity.
Now in its ninth edition over the last six years, tables at Brawl on the Bund are some of Shanghai's hottest-selling tickets with only a select few left available for the 600 capacity crowd. This year, tables of 10 are available for Ringside (RMB 16,000) and Gold (RMB 12,000) each including a full night of entertainment, a four-course dinner, free flow wine and beer. Ringside tables overflow with complimentary champagne up close to the action.
With regular white-collar working men and women across Shanghai without any prior boxing experience already deep in training at Golden Gloves Boxing Gym, this year's Brawl on the Bund event promises eight match-ups and a live auction with high-value ticket items. The big fight night traditionally sees a turnout of Shanghai's trendsetters rooting for friends and familiar faces while out for an evening of glitz, glam and charity.
Michael Marriott, one of this year’s contenders, explains his motivation to box, “Everyone knows about Brawl on the Bund. It’s a huge night where we all dress to the nines, cheer on our friends swinging punches in the ring and drink too much champagne. But it’s actually more than that. I see it as being a real test of myself, something that is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and the fact that it raises money for charity all adds to that.”
One hundred percent of money from the raffle and live auction on the nights goes to the local charity Leo's Foundation. In response and loving memory of Leo Spirit, The Foundation for Newborns with Respiratory Failure was established in 2008. With each donation of RMB 10,000 a newborn can be treated using the necessary state-of-the-art facilities and training at the Fudan Children’s Hospital. Since 2008 White Collar Boxing China has raised over RMB 1.5 million for charity showcasing the community spirit through each and every event.
With the already overwhelming success of the nine editions of Brawl on the Bund, last year saw the second annual Brawl on the Wall in Beijing, and 2014 will witness the first ever White Collar Boxing events in both Taiwan and Macao. Mayhem in Macao lands on July 18 at The Venetian in Macao and is part of both sponsors the Cotai Strip and Cotai Ring Club as well as White Collar Boxing China's founder Shane Benis; vision for promoting boxing in the region - “I want to make boxing accessible all over Asia; it is a great sport that communities can rally around as a participant or a spectator.
Cotai Strip and the Cotai Ring Club continue to be title sponsors of Brawl on the Bund and White Collar Boxing across the Greater China region. Shanghai’s number one bar on the Bund and longtime supporters Bar Rouge sponsors all of the boxers in the Red Corner, while the best sports medicine center in the country; American Medical Center sponsors the Blue Corner.
White Collar Boxing China
White Collar Boxing China was formed in 2008 ahead of the first Brawl on the Bund event in Shanghai. The concept of White Collar Boxing originated in the legendary Gleason’s gym in New York in 1988. It is a form of boxing where both men and women in white collar professions train to fight in special events. Most have no previous experience in boxing. Since the late 1980s, White Collar Boxing has been the fastest growing corporate contact sport in the world.
Run by boxing enthusiasts, White Collar Boxing‘s home in Shanghai is at the new Golden Gloves Boxing Gym where men and women who want to learn the ins and outs of boxing for the very first time can be trained up by a series of boxing coaches.
Golden Gloves Boxing Gym
+86 21 5171 7517 / 16/F, 68 Xinqiao Lu (nr. Xinzha Lu) Shanghai, China
The Foundation for Newborns with Respiratory Failure was established in 2008 in memory of Leo Spirit. Leo and his twin brother Tomas were born three months prematurely and were cared for by the staff at Fudan Children's Hospital. Despite the best care and attention of the doctors and nurses, Leo passed away in November 2007 due to respiratory failure. Impressed by the dedication and efforts of the hospital staff, Leo's parents, Scott and Cecile Spirit, decided to launch the foundation in his memory with the aim of providing access to the facilities of Fudan Children's Hospital for Families who could not afford to pay for the treatment.
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