Shanghai’s premier white-collar pugilism event, Brawl on the Bund, is back for its seventh go around the ring, on December 1st at The Kerry Hotel.
Brawl on the Bund is a charity boxing event held every 6 to 12 months in Shanghai by White Collar Boxing China. The night attracts over 1,000 people for a black-tie dinner and to watch 8 boxing fights with regular people in Shanghai who have been professionally trained for three months.
Brawl on the Bund VII
The Kerry Hotel, Pudong Shanghai
1388 Huamu Road near Fangdian Road
December 1, 2012, 6:30pm
Ring-side – RMB 1,500
Gold – RMB 1,100
Silver – RMB 800
Tickets are sold by table, minimum purchase 10 tickets
Tel: +86 15000132063
Email: [email protected]
Agent: www.smartshanghai.com/smartticket (from mid-October)
Shanghaiist spoke with Brawl on the Bund founder Shane Benis about what spectators can expect from this year’s event.
This is the seventh Brawl on the Bund, apart from the visceral thrill of seeing bankers and other white collar professionals (but especially bankers) getting punched in the face, what do you think has made the event so successful?
Isn’t it enough just to see your banker get punched in the face? Just kidding. The event is successful primarily for three reasons. First up, are the boxers and not just for getting punched in the face. If they didn’t sign up and endure three months of grueling training before work, after work, weekends then this event wouldn’t even be possible. Secondly, without our sponsors we wouldn’t be able to put on an event (yes, gotta give some love to the sponsors); Bar Rouge have supported us like fanatics, partly because I’m one of their best customers but mostly because the event rocks. Sigh. Big Bamboo in the red corner are actually helping us grow as an organization, they supported our premiere event in Beijing and they don’t even have a bar in Beijing yet! Taittinger champagne on ringside tables, Grand Marnier serving interesting cocktails, the Kerry Hotel providing the space and food, Mr & Mrs Bund arranging the after-party … we’ve got so many great companies involved adding bits and piece of what they do best – makes for a pretty formidable recipe for success. Thirdly, the glam factor! It’s a glitzier event than any other ‘black tie’ event in Shanghai, combined with boxing entertainment for charity. It all makes for an unforgettable night.
Can you tell us a bit about the charities you’re supporting this year?
We raise money for a special little charity called Leo’s Foundation, or The Foundation for Newborns with Respiratory Failure. We’ve donated to other charities in the past, but now donating to Leo’s has become our focus. Established in 2008 in memory of Leo Spirit who was born three months prematurely and was cared for by the staff at Fudan Children’s Hospital. Leo passed away in November 2007 due to respiratory failure and the Foundation was set up by Leo’s parents Scott and Cecile Spirit to help fund families unable to afford the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit facilities at the hospital. This charity is so special, because we’re able to make a massive difference with the donations from every event which directly translates into saving babies’ lives. On average it costs just 8,000rmb to save 1 life. So 800 Euros, saves a life. It never fully sinks in.
Every event we take boxers out to the hospital to see the ward where the babies are cared for, it always changes their perspective on what this is all about. It’s easy to get lost in the excitement of the big night, but it’s important to remember the roots of the event, which is raising donations. This particular event is really special because we’re trying to reach the one million RMB mark for total donations raised by Brawl.
What should people do if they want to get involved in future Brawls? What requirements are there for participants?
The requirements are pretty easy: Any male or female professionals aged between 20 – 50 years can compete as long as they train for a minimum of 12 weeks. The participants train with experienced trainers at Golden Gloves Boxing Gym. Having said that, it’s not as easy it sounds. It’s really hard work, but one of the biggest rewards is how fit you get! Most of our participants tell us they become the fittest they’ve ever been in their lives; Lucas Kaz an old hand in white collar, lost 15kgs in six weeks up to his fight in 2009.
If anyone wants to get involved they can contact Monica at [email protected] or call +86 135-1166-2995
And the website: www.whitecollarboxingchina.com
Obviously gambling is illegal in mainland China, but if we were putting money on the match, who should we be looking out for?
Hmm…that’s hard to say. All of the fighters are looking strong now. The fight between Alvin “50 shades” Graylin and Jason Bosch should be pretty good. But I never like to call winners or losers before the big fight night, these are all my guys and girls.