Boxing clever to be in with a fighting chance

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A MAN will be hoping he isn’t punching above his weight when he goes 26 rounds on a punchbag for Willen Hospice.

Paul Tilbury, operations manager at Midsummer Shopping Centre, will be attempting to punch the bag for 26 three-minute rounds with just one minute rest between each one.

That is the equivalent of two professional boxing matches back-to-back, with an extra six minutes added on.

The challenge, noticeable by the number of rounds, will take place on the same day as the Virgin London Marathon, but despite not lasting as long is still set to be a gruelling challenge.

The 40-year-old who will start punching at 9.30am at Red Hot World Buffet in the Theatre District, has been hard at work on his training, and is now full of confidence ahead of the big day.

He said: “I’ve got some great support for this event and although it is a big challenge both physically and mentally I’m going to give it my best shot.”

Paul has had support from a host of businesses in Midsummer Place as well as from friends and family across the country.

He said: “I have had some great support from all my family and friends and on the day I will be supported by my son.”

Anyone who would like to make a donation to Paul’s marathon boxing challenge in aid of Willen Hospice can do so by visiting his Just Giving page at

He is aiming to raise £1,000.