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Josh set for boxing ring debut at charity night

Brave 28-year-old whose dad suffers from Parkinson’s is set to fight at Cecil Sharp House fundraiser

29 June, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Josh Jefferies

AFTER weeks of tough training, 10 amateur boxers are counting down the days until they take to the ring for a charity fight night.

The Work It Charity Boxing Night, which is being held at Cecil Sharp House in Regent’s Park Road, Primrose Hill, will see fighters matched against each to help generate funds for their chosen charities.

One of those set to don his gloves is Josh Jefferies, who will be taking part in his first ever boxing bout.

He’ll be throwing punches at Parkinson’s in aid of his father Dave who has the condition.

Josh, 28, who lives in Tufnell Park and will be raising money for Parkinson’s UK, said: “When my dad was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s it was a huge surprise to our family and it hit us all quite hard, but no more so than my dad.

“He had always been the life and soul of the party but after his diagnosis he became quite inward and shy – embarrassed to be out and about and scared of engaging in conversations.

“We thought we’d lost part of him but, after a few months, he turned a corner. One day he woke up and realised he didn’t want to let this condition dictate who he was. He started to fight.

“Now he is fighting Parkinson’s every day, so I am going to fight too.

“I want to fight just as hard and strong as my dad to raise money that will help fund more research into Parkinson’s and find a cure.

“I think that 10 weeks of training and 10 minutes in the ring is a small sacrifice to do our bit,” Josh added.

“The fitness, camaraderie, and desire from everyone taking part is second to none.

“There is no bad blood or pressure. Everyone is in it together and supports each other.”

Josh hopes to raise £500 from his boxing match.

You can donate to him via his JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fightforparkinsons.

• Tickets are currently on sale for the Work It Charity Boxing Night, which gets under way at 6pm on July 6. Visit workit.london to book your seats.

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