February 20th 2017

Reservist takes part in white collar boxing event

Lee Wilson taking part in boxing training

Lee Wilson taking part in boxing training

A reservist from Lincolnshire is set to take part in a novice boxing competition to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Sergeant Lee Wilson, a reservist with the RAF’s Headquarters Intelligence Reserves has never boxed before but has decided to take the sport to mark it off his ‘bucket list’.

Training for the Ultra White Collar Boxing match began earlier this month and will take eight weeks to complete. The training will then lead onto a boxing event of between 20-30 bouts at Deans Sports and Leisure Centre in Lincoln on 8 April.

Around 60 local people have signed up for the boxing challenge, with each being paired against an opponent based on age, height, weight, skill and experience.

Lee, aged 46, explained: “Learning to box has been something I have always wanted to do, so I decided to cross it off my ‘bucket list’ before I turned 50. This is going to be a one-time event for me, I am looking forward to embracing the challenge and raising money for my charity but I don’t plan to continue boxing afterwards.”

As a person who enjoys keeping fit, Lee can often be found running in his spare time or taking part in obstacle courses around the country such as Tough Guy, Airfield Anarchy and Total Warrior. Although, Lee understands boxing will see him have to train in a different way than he ever has before:

“I am planning to do a lot of bag work in the gym and have teamed up with a colleague of mine in the RAF Reserve who previously boxed professionally to give me some hints and tips about retaining energy and using my size to the best of my ability.”

Lee’s family have been really supportive of his passion to box with his 18 and 20 year-old children planning to attend the boxing event in April.

Lee concluded: “The training I have undertaken so far has really opened my eyes in terms of what to expect. Much like most people I had not been hit before or been in the boxing ring before, so everything seems really new but exciting at the same time.”

Lee is currently serving as a full-time reservist at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire and is responsible for the administration of part-time volunteer reservist personnel.

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“Learning to box has been something I have always wanted to do, so I decided to cross it off my ‘bucket list’ before I turned 50."