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Millennial boxing event hits London

READY, SET: Boxing has become increasingly popular in the black community, over the years.

THIS IS Boxing is a new revolutionary sporting event created by black millennials for young people from ethnic minority backgrounds who have grown up in urban environments across the UK.

Over the years, UK boxing has seen a growth in interest from a wider audience and has become an increasingly popular sporting entertainment with the likes of Anthony Joshua, David Haye, Tony Bellew and Conor McGregor spearheading the movement.

The event aims to redefine traditional boxing events to one that attracts a younger, cooler crowd. It aims to do this by combining white-collar boxing fights with upcoming urban musicians, the best DJs and comedic commentary to keep guests entertained all evening. White-Collar boxing is a form of amateur boxing which sees individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds coming together to fight in the ring.

This is Boxing provides a good opportunity to see fresh talented home-grown UK boxers rise in the ranks and quickly learn on the spot. However for too long the entire boxing industry including the amateur sector has been economically dominated by white men who act as managers, agents, promoters with very little ethnic minority representation at the ownership & leadership level.

London-born Ant Opara co-founded This is Boxing with Whyle; the duo have combined their passions for boxing to create a platform for the urban demographic to enjoy boxing and live music all under the same roof.

This will also serve to provide ethnic minority boxers with a better chance at securing fights.

REPRESENTATION

Whylee said: "I have been to many combat sport events and the set-up is always the same. You only have to look around the crowd to realise that the urban communities tend to not attend boxing events in any great capacity so I feel that it is our duty to give the people an event that they want to engage with culturally hence why we are incorporating the Urban Music Scene, urban fashion, cuisine and comedy to bring a very unique event to the UK and beyond. This is for our culture...This is Boxing!"

The night will be packed with up to 8 fights of equally weighted opponents. Performers will be judged by professionals and commentated on by the best UK comedians.

Confirmed live performers on the night included FEKKY, Don Strapzy, Figure Flows, Shef, Image God, Blacks Gambino, OB the Author. The Voice's very own columnist, DJ Mr Play, will be playing music on the event alongside North London's all-time favourite DJ Ras Elijah.

Sensational triple act ‘3 shots of tequila’; Marvin Abbey, Tazer Black and Mr Exposed will be commentating and guaranteed to leave you crying with laughter! And with VIP special guest appearances and spectacular caterers available, this is bound to be a jam packed entertaining night which will leave you desperate for more!

This is Boxing event will take place at the legendary York Hall, Bethnal Green. Ranked sixth best boxing venue in the world! Over 1000 people will enter the building on 17th December for the newest, unique boxing event in this age.

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