Three Montrose businessmen have arranged a charity night for Saturday, August 27, which 20 locals are unlikely to forget.
Mark Stephen, Graeme Sutton and Michael Holme have organised a boxing night at Montrose Town Hall, with six women and 14 men taking to the ring to battle it out in 10 matches.
Mark explained: “We had been talking about doing a charity event, and myself and Michael have got boxing experience.
“They’ve been doing charity boxing in Arbroath for years and it’s been quite a success and we thought there is no reason we couldn’t have something like that in Montrose.
“The first we did was put a post up on Facebook announcing the plans for it, and we got a squad of men and women wanting to take part.
“We did really well - we had about 30 people get in touch about taking part.”
However, some had to opt out of taking part after the date of the event was confirmed, and some others were ruled out by a doctor following medicals.
The fighters will take part in ‘The Tussle in the Town Hall’ on August 27, after nine weeks of training. There will be a maximum of three rounds per match, with each round lasting two minutes.
Mark said: “It will be the longest six minutes of their lives. They’ve been sparring the last few weeks and they’ve realised how long two minutes feels when someone is hitting you. They are all really enjoying it and doing well.”
The fighters - who are complete novices - will be matched up ahead of fight night. The event includes corporate tables, and some fighters have been sponsored by local companies with the money going to the charities.
Tickets for the event, which starts at 7.30pm, are available for £16 from Chop Hairdressers in Montrose High Street.
Mark added: “We have a fully qualified referee on the night, and three judges.
“There will be a doctor at ringside and experienced boxer corner men to help boxers get through the night.”
The charities the event will help are Jet’s Fund, Angus Toy Appeal and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for Sick Babies at Ninewells Hospital.
Mark added: “We want to try and give as much as possible. We do hope to make it a yearly thing if this year’s event goes well.”