Froch stars at Hucknall Round Table’s big boxing night

KING OF THE RING -- world boxing champion Carl Froxh, who will be the star guest at Hucknall Round Table's 55th anniversary event
KING OF THE RING -- world boxing champion Carl Froxh, who will be the star guest at Hucknall Round Table's 55th anniversary event

The importance of sport to one of Hucknall’s most durable organisations is to be punched home in a knockout night of entertainment.

Hucknall Round Table (HRT), which boasts about 20 members, is celebrating its 55th anniversary in 2014.

And to mark the milestone, a special charter night, starring Nottingham’s own world boxing champion Carl Froch, is to be held.

Headlining the night will be a bill of boxing, featuring ten exciting bouts, plus an auction of sporting memorabilia.

HRT has joined frorces with the thriving St George Amateur Boxing Club (ABC), based at the Peveril Street Community Centre in Hucknall.

St George, coached by Clinton McPhilbin, are taking on a Rest Of The World team in the ten fights that span four hours of live sport.

It all takes place at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Nottingham on Friday 21st February, from 7 pm. All money raised will go to local charities.

The spectacular emphasises how sport is at the forefront of HRT’s activities, which give members the chance to embrace life to the full.

Over the years, those activities have included golf, tenpin bowling, go-karting, archery, basketball and even synchronised swimming -- as well the arts, nights out and family social events. And invariably, they go hand in hand with raising cash for good causes.

“We are a group of like-minded people who meet every fortnight and take part in various activities -- even things like cake-making, live-art drawing and zorbing,” explained HRT spokesman Ross Stoneman.

“Whatever event we are doing will always include enjoying some fine food and drinks on the evening to make the whole event very sociable.

“In addition to our fortnightly meetings, we also get involved in fundraising events throughout the year.

“Over the last year, we have held a charity golf day and our annual Bonfire Night event.

“We have also collected money for Children In Need and in the run-up to Christmas, we held about 15 Santa’s Sleigh collections.

“The money raised from these activities and events has been donated or distributed to local individuals and groups who require financial help with their projects or challenges.”

The boxing night promises to be one of the highlights of HRT’s 55th year, with Froch appearing as the special guest.

The 36-year-old, nicknamed The Cobra and a keen Nottingham Forest football fan, started boxing at the age of nine at the Phoenix ABC in Gedling, which is the kind of small, local club HRT loves to help.

Managed by Eddie Hearn, he turned professional in 2002 and has won 32 of his 34 bouts, including 23 by knockout.

Super-middleweight Froch is the current IBF champion, after beating Mikkel Kessler last May, avenging his first pro defeat at the hands of the Dane in 2010.

He is also the current WBA champion, after a controversial victory over fellow Brit George Groves last November when he recovered from a first-round knockdown.

Tickets for HRT’s big night, which also includes a three-course meal and raffle, cost £50 each, or £450 for a table of ten. To book, e-mail jonathanlightbody@hotmail.co.uk