MadKatz Boxing seeks ‘three-round heroes’ for upcoming charity event – Kelowna News
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Training “Hero in three rounds” in 2019.
A Kelowna boxing gym is once again looking for ‘three-round heroes’ to enter a boxing ring to raise money for local charities.
Since 2017, MadKatz Boxing’s Geoff Lawrence has hosted boxing events featuring members of the community, who get a crash course in “soft science” before the event.
The “Three Tower Heroes” raise money for charitable causes, and this year the funds raised will once again go to Elevation Outdoors of Kelowna, a local nonprofit that introduces underprivileged Okanagan youth to a variety of outdoor activities.
Lawrence says he has about 15 people signed up and is looking to get about 15 more in the coming weeks. Those interested need no prior combat sports experience and when it comes to July’s big event, Lawrence will pair the “three-round heroes” with people of similar ability.
Participants will undergo approximately three months of training twice a week before the big event, where Lawrence and his trainers will teach the fundamentals.
While Lawrence ran MadKatz Boxing from his own training facility in downtown Kelowna for years, he recently moved the operation to a dedicated gymnasium on Evergreen Court near Spall Road.
“We have a mini version of the outdoor course and a much nicer indoor setup. We even have flush toilets now,” Lawrence laughed.
Last year, the charity event raised just under $30,000 for Elevation Outdoors, with a “three-trick heroine” raising $17,000 herself.
A portion of the money raised will also go towards running MadKatz’s free training program for locals who attend drug rehabilitation programs.
Over the past few years, the club has provided free training to dozens of Kelowna people recovering from addiction, giving them a place to exercise and develop a sense of community.
“This club is a family, it has its own life,” Lawrence said.
Those interested in registering for the event can contact Lawrence at 250-859-1397 or email here. Future fighters will gather at MadKatz’s new club on the evening of April 5 for a meet and greet.