Jason punches above his weight at Vauxhall Vans.

Jason punches above his weight at Vauxhall Vans.
“Why on earth do you want to go into a boxing ring and fight someone?”, that was the question Jason Jackson was asked and his reasoning was simple and heart-warming. Jason wanted to try and raise funds for Cancer Research UK as his mother-in-law had lost her battle with cancer and it had a devastating effect on his wife, Jo and her father especially.

Jason is the commercial vehicle sales manager for Greenhous Vauxhall and he admits to having boxed when he was younger.  This led him to think about entering for a charity boxing event where he could raise important funds for the Cancer Research UK charity and also get fit! 

As Jason admits, he was a little on the heavy side when he started his training for the Ultra White Collar Boxing event which will take place at the Bescot Stadium, home of Walsall FC, on Saturday, 19th March.  As he recalls: “I had spoken to Jo about possibly taking on the challenge and before I knew it she had entered me for the event! I have been training since December and I have already lost 2 stone which I definitely needed to lose. My diet is different and I feel so much better. The real 8 weeks of training has just started and I attend the Walsall Wood ABC gym which is nearest to where I live.  The training is hard and very professional, as is the whole organisation for the event.

“There are 60 of us in our camp training twice a week for the 8 weeks and after 6 weeks we will be paired up based on skill, confidence, weight and ability.  Then the pairs fight on the night in front of around a thousand supporters!”

Jason has set up a Just Giving page to raise funds for the charity and has already sold two ringside tables of ten for the black tie event and a dozen standing tickets.  The event is set to be a sell-out.  Ultra White Collar Boxing is becoming very popular and has raised just short of £3 million for Cancer Research UK.  The event has a professional announcer, referees and medical staff.  Each competitor has to undertake a medical on the day before being allowed to fight.   Jason will be provided with a head guard and gloves for the fight.

Jason himself trains 7 times a week such is his determination to be able to perform at his best on the night.  His colleagues at Greenhous are right behind him as are his family.  If you would like to support him visit his Just Giving page and donate to the cause : https://www.justgiving.com/Jason-Jackson5/