By day, Karl Southwood is a media sales executive; but he hopes to be a knockout success when he enters the ring for a charity boxing bout this weekend at Bramall Lane.
Karl -who won his first two charity fights, one in the first round after breaking his opponents’ nose - is searching for a hat-trick of victories but has a bigger goal in mind - raising money for The Children’s Hospital Charity.
“A former colleague of mine’s son has been cared for there for the last four months, so I wanted to do something to help them,” Karl said.
“My last two fights have been rewarding for me - improving my fitness, picking up a new hobby and, of course, winning - but they’ve also been rewarding for the charities I fought for.
“This time, I wanted a different charity which helps different types of everyday people.
“Through donations, Sheffield Children’s Hospital buy life saving equipment, fund vital research and create a comfortable, engaging environment for our children, I’m sure this is a charity that everyone cares about.”
Karl’s last fight raised over £600 in memory of his grandmother, who passed away from Alzheimer’s. He has currently raised over £350 - smashing his original target of £250.
Karl, who trains at Sheffield Boxing Centre with Glyn Rhodes and Sam Sheedy, has recruited three colleagues to also box on the night and is being sponsored by Wake Smith Solicitors.
To donate, visit Karl’s JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/karl-wiley1.