ANDREW Bishop could have chosen less strenuous and punishing ways to celebrate the memory of his uncle.
And while the 43-year-old dad-of-two doesn’t totally have the ring of confidence just yet, training is going well for his first shot at white collar boxing.
On Saturday, April 14, at Bowlers, Trafford Park, Andrew will make his pugilistic debut to mark the passing of Shaw-based funeral director, Robert Nuttall.
Robert died from liver cancer in October 2016 and Andrew has pledged to raise funds for Springhill Hospice in Rochdale.
“Robert was cared for by their dedicated and caring staff and I would like to help them continue the brilliant work,” explained Andrew, who works for BAE Systems at Salmesbury.
“Going back many years, someone at work did something similar and I said I’d give it a go but never did.
“When my uncle died, I wanted to do something to remember him by. It’s just taken me a while to do it.
“My sister mentioned about a bike ride but it didn’t really appeal.
“So I suggested doing this white-collar boxing and remember his name that way.”
Andrew started training on February 5 and even maintained his fitness regime while in Qatar for a week earlier this month.
“I have never done anything like this before,” he added.
“My background with sport is football and a little golf.
“I watch the bigger fights and I enjoy them. But I am not religious about it.”
Andrew is yet to discover his opponent and may or may not adopt a nickname.
“I’ve been given plenty at work, but I won’t share them with the paper,” he laughed.
“My wife, Zoe, is backing me but when it comes around I think she will be very nervous.
“However, she is happy I have lost a bit of weight. I am nearly a stone lighter than when I first started, down from 15st 3lbs to 14st 4lbs.”
Andrew had raised almost 50 percent of his target amount of £470 when the Correspondent went to press.
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