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Student dies after being seriously injured in charity white collar boxing match 

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A young man has died after sustaining ‘serious injuries’ in a charity boxing match in Nottingham.

The unnamed student has been taking part in the Ultra White Collar Boxing charity event last Saturday, March 25, at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.

A series of matches were taking place from 5.30pm to 10pm, but the event was stopped early after the student required emergency medical attention following the opening bouts of his fight.

Paramedics at the event attended to the boxer before he was rushed to Queen’s Medical Centre. He later died after his condition ‘deteriorated’.

Police said they are working with the coroner to establish what had happened.

This is the second death to hit the UWCB organisers in a year after Dominic Chapman, 26, died in the middle of the charity boxing match in April 2022. 

Ultra White Collar Boxing hold charity events across the country, raising money for Cancer Research UK. A file photo of one of their events is pictured

Ultra White Collar Boxing hold charity events across the country, raising money for Cancer Research UK. A file photo of one of their events is pictured

The event last week was taking place at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham

The event last week was taking place at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham

Detective Inspector Chris Berryman of Nottinghamshire Police said: ‘Officers attended Harvey Hadden Sports Village on Saturday, March 25 with partners including East Midlands Ambulance Service.

‘A man was left seriously injured following a boxing match and transported to Queen’s Medical Centre.

‘Since the incident, his condition deteriorated and he has sadly passed away. Our thoughts are with all of his family and friends at this difficult time.

‘We are keeping an open mind and working with the coroner to establish what has happened.’

A spokesperson for Ultra White Collar Boxing said: ‘Everyone at Ultra White Collar Boxing was deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of one of our participants, who took part in our Nottingham event on Saturday, March 25.

‘Our thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this difficult time.

‘We are in close contact with his family and continue to offer them all the support we can.

‘With investigations now underway by the relevant authorities, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.’

UWCB describe themselves as a 'unique opportunity for people with no boxing background to experience the wonderful world of boxing'. A file photo of one of their events is pictured

UWCB describe themselves as a ‘unique opportunity for people with no boxing background to experience the wonderful world of boxing’. A file photo of one of their events is pictured

The man had been taking part in the Ultra White Collar Boxing charity event last Saturday, March 25, at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham

The man had been taking part in the Ultra White Collar Boxing charity event last Saturday, March 25, at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham

On their website, UWCB describe themselves as a ‘unique opportunity for people with no boxing background to experience the wonderful world of boxing’.

The website says UWCB is a ‘safe, professional, regulated’ event where competitors, often beginners, are ‘evenly matched’. 

UWCB say they have raised over £25 million for their charity partners Cancer Research UK with some 100,000 people having competed in the amateur competition.

By participating in the event, participants are given eight weeks of free training from professional boxing coaches before taking to the ring.

In April last year 26-year-old Dominic Chapman died after taking part in a UWCB event.

He was believed to have trained for eight weeks in the lead up to his fight, but he collapsed in the ring and was rushed to a nearby hospital in Birmingham. 

But serious medical incidents at the white-collar charity boxing events have proceeded the two deaths. 

In 2018, a participant at an Ultra White Collar Boxing event suffered a brain bleed and two heart attacks following his charity bout. 

After being hit in the head in the first round and then third round, Ben Sandiford, then 20, collapsed and was looked over by medics who deemed he did not need to be taken to hospital as an emergency.

Ben Sandiford in his UWCB uniform

Ben Sandiford pictured in hospital

Ben Sandiford took part in Ultra White Collar Boxing event in Crewe, left, when he suffered a bleed on the brain and two cardiac arrests more than an hour after leaving the ring

Adam Smith from Hampshire

Boxing novice Adam Smith suffered two strokes 19 days after taking part in a white collar boxing event

Boxing novice Adam Smith, then 34, suffered two strokes 19 days after taking part in a white collar boxing event in Southampton

Adam Smith (left) is pictured during his bout. He believed the bout to be a fun way of supporting charity while getting fit

Adam Smith (left) is pictured during his bout. He believed the bout to be a fun way of supporting charity while getting fit

Mr Sandiford’s head injuries were so severe that his family believe he would have died had they not found him and rushed him straight to hospital.

He subsequently spent a total of 17 days being treated as an inpatient and had to be resuscitated twice after suffering two cardiac arrests and a seizure.

Another man said he almost died after suffering two strokes following a bout in 2018.

Adam Smith, then 34, was given eight weeks training before stepping into the ring in front of friends and family where he competed against another fighter.

Nineteen days after the bout he suffered from an excruciating headache, collapsed at home with a stroke, and then suffered a second the following day.

He said he was left temporarily paralysed and lost his vision on his right side, before his sight eventually returned.

In 2017, one of the Ultra White Collar Boxing events at the Priestfield Stadium in Gillingham saw a brawl between boozed-up boxing fans.

Brutal footage showed furious fans punching one another other in the face and throwing each other to the floor. 

One man was seen repeatedly getting kicked under a table until he was covered in his own blood. 

This is the terrifying moment boozed-up boxing fans punched and kicked each other in a brutal fight at a Ultra White Collar Boxing charity event in Gillingham in 2017

This is the terrifying moment boozed-up boxing fans punched and kicked each other in a brutal fight at a Ultra White Collar Boxing charity event in Gillingham in 2017