“Fight Night” charity event announced and presented by Punch4Parkinson’s set for October 2

BOSTON, Mass. (August 11, 2022) – The third “Fight Night,” a charity boxing event presented by Punch4Parkinson’s, will take place Sunday afternoon, October 2, at Big Night Live (110 Causeway St.) in Boston.

Everyday people, not professional or amateur boxers, will lace up their gloves in support of Punch4Parkinsons’ fight against Parkinson’s disease. A memorable day will include many boxing exhibitions, each a scheduled match of 3 rounds (1h30 per round).

Punch 4 Parkinson’s is the brainchild of professional boxing manager Ryan Roach, who was inspired by his famous uncle, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, both of whom have Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s disease. Freddie was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 27 and credits the physical nature of his job as an elite boxing trainer and the sport’s hand-eye coordination for controlling his symptoms. When Jesse Jackson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2017, Freddie, then battling the disease for three decades, reached out to invite Jackson to train with him.

“When he got here, he could barely walk up the ring steps,” the elder Roach said of Jackson. “After 10 days of training, he wanted to race me.” Both men credit boxing with offsetting some of the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease.

“Through our ‘Fight Night’ charity we are able to support local boxing gyms with stable programs,” explained Punch4Parkinsons Founder/President Ryan Roach, “as well as one-to-one boxing lessons and small groups. We cover 100% of gym memberships for Parkinson’s disease fighters. We now have over 100 Parkinson’s fighters or warriors, mostly in New England, but we have a few fighters in Florida and Texas.

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The annual cost per Warrior for boxing support is nearly $5,000, which is a significant burden on individuals, many of whom are close to retirement, and not covered by insurance. P4P aligns patients with Parkinson’s disease with a certified boxing training center and covers the costs associated with exercise.

Tickets, ranging from $250.00 to $99.00, are available for purchase by going online to www.punch4parkinsons.org, www.ticketmaster.comor by contacting one of the participating fighters.


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