Feature | Nov 08 2019

The Art of Windmilling: What Happens When Novices Enter a Boxing Ring?

Eager to discover why the business of white-collar boxing is booming, Elliot Worsell took a trip to London’s Troxy to find out
Ultra White Collar Boxing

AS a chipper, ponytailed Asian woman in a blue headguard shimmied down the runway, half a dozen sozzled if smartly dressed blokes sitting at a table waited for the drop in her ring entrance song – ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ by Di & Shy FX & T Power Feat. Skibadee, for the record – and used it, this cue, to return to halcyon clubbing days, bouncing first with each other and then with her.

They had no idea who she was. They were waiting to see someone else. But still they jumped around and fist-bumped shiny new boxing gloves; still they, and 1,600 others, made this girl with the popular walkout tune, this girl more Pokémon than pugilist, feel special on the night she played dress-up and boxed for the very first time.

“Is this the first time there has been a feature on white-collar boxing in Boxing News?” asked Jon Leonard, the founder of Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB), an hour into his company’s latest Saturday night show at Stepney’s Troxy. Told his assumption was correct, he then wondered, “Why now?”