Pair get a kick out of fundraiser

Dr John King took on joinery boss Terry Beedham in a bout on the under card of a recent World Championship kick boxing fight at the Octagon.
Dr John King took on joinery boss Terry Beedham in a bout on the under card of a recent World Championship kick boxing fight at the Octagon.
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It’s not every day you get a 54-year-old bloke featuring in a kick-boxing fight.

Rarer still then when you consider his opponent to be five years older than he is.

And how many times does a doctor take on an opponent who could quite literally put him a box.

Well that’s precisely what happened when Dr John King took on joinery boss Terry Beedham, 59, in a bout on the under card of a recent World Championship fight at the Octagon.

And what a cracker-jack scrap the two blokes from Sheffield 6 provided for the baying crowd.

Better still it was all in a very good cause.

Dr John, a GP who works at the Far Lane Medical Centre in Hillsborough and Terry, the owner of Stanwood Joinery who lives in Stannington, squared up to raise a few quid for the charity Help For Heroes.

And they did the charity proud - by raising a total of £2001.

The two lads - who both train at Powers Martial Arts Centre in Stannington - came up with the idea when they were training together.

And the fact that they gave their all for three gruelling two minute rounds came as something of a surprise to those who watched the fight.

But the crowd didn’t know how very much in shape these boys are. Until recently the Doc, who has trained at the martial arts centre for the past two years, played rugby to keep fit.

And in his younger days Terry was a boxer who survived 10 bouts.

Paul Powers, of Powers Martial Arts, prepared the men for the charity bout. He said: “They both worked incredibly hard to get into shape.

“And I’m so very proud that they raised such a fantastic amount for what is a very worthy charity.”