This is a question we receive regularly at UWCB. The simple answer is YES. Girls can absolutely box at our events and the sport is growing in popularity amongst females.
When Ultra White Collar Boxing started organizing events in 2009 we would have around 15% of bouts being girls, over time that has risen to around 40% of our boxers being female.
Girls are increasingly releasing that the sport of boxing is accessible and that it is in fact a brilliant sport that has many benefits:
Health and Fitness – Boxing will get you fit because you will work hard. Boxers are some of the most cardiovascularly fit athletes in the world and if you attend a boxing club you will do very similar training to the top-level boxers but obviously scaled down to suit your level.
Learn a skill – Boxing is a great skill to learn and there is a lot to learn this helps people keep interested as there is always progress to make.
Increased confidence – Many people wrongly think boxing clubs are intimidating places, once you have attended one you will soon realise that simply isn’t the case. Being able to overcome the fear of attending and turn that into a love of the sport is sure to increase confidence.
Weight loss – To lose weight you must either move more or consume fewer calories, boxing makes you move and if you enjoy it you will continue to attend. Consistency is key for weight loss.
Improved mental health and wellbeing– Boxing will give you a goal to strive for and targets to set yourself each week. You will feel a great sense of community with everyone else attending and it can also act as a great release for many.
Discipline–In a world where people can seem to do what they want when they want boxing offers discipline. Coaches will ensure everyone stays in check to help you progress as much as possible, this discipline will spill into normal life and be sure to help you in many other facets of your life.
UWCB events have seen a huge increase in girls signing up and taking part and so has professional boxing. Katie Taylor has been seen to be instrumental in the rise of both amateur and professional boxing, winning gold medals at the Olympics, the world and European championships and she is currently an undisputed professional world champion and promoted by Eddie Hearns Matchroom boxing.
The future is incredibly bright for girls boxing and UWCB is key to getting females into gyms, training, and competing at events, all whilst raising money for Cancer Research UK.
More good progress across the last month with schools, shops, pubs and restaurants opening outdoors. Everything looks positive towards more opening on May 17th.
All participants have been contacted by text, email, WhatsApp and Facebook to give them an option of dates to take part in throughout 2021 and 2022.
Training will start on May 17th inline with Covid guidance with the following precautions:
Participants split into bubbles of 6.
Reduced capacities in gyms.
Possible regular testing with FREE lateral flow tests.
We are still awaiting government guidance on Covid for events but we seem to be fully on track for events to be allowed from 21st June without social distancing or masks. We are still on track to resume our events on July 9th.
Tuesday 6th April More good news as the lockdown is coming to an end and Ultra Events gears up to run our events. We had set a goal in March 2020 to raise £1Million in the month of March, at the half-way point we were on track to smash the target when Covid-19 hit. We are now aiming for a £1Million in a month in July 2021. We have over 150 events booked between 9th & 25th July with training resuming as soon as ‘indoor sport’ is allowed on May 17th. Training for these events is:
Training starts week commencing
9th / 10th / 11th July
16th / 17th / 18th July
23rd / 24th / 25th July
The training will be delivered in a ‘Covid secure’ manner with a number of simple but effective precautions. We cannot wait to start running events again, delivering incredible experiences, getting people super fit with 8 weeks of FREE training and of course raising millions for Cancer Research UK. Friday 5th March More positive news on the roadmap out of lockdown. We are now in the process of announcing date options to all participants for their events that have been postponed since 2020. All participants are being given choices in 2021 and 2022. Training will commence in a COVID-19 secure manner with participants split into groups of 6 and several other precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in training. We cannot wait to get back running events, providing 8 weeks of FREE coaching and running brilliant events whilst raising millions for Cancer Research UK. We will resume our training and events in the below phases.
Monday 23rd February – Cautious Positive news from Boris today. Firstly, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all participants for being so understanding and supportive through this challenging period. We are hopeful that we will be able to host our amazing events in July with training starting in late May, this is of course totally dependent on the government guidance. Training will be ‘COVID-19 secure’ with several precautions in place. We would also like to thank the Ultra team across the UK who have all been working hard behind the scenes to plan for every possible eventuality in this constantly changing situation. Also, thanks to the amazing gyms and coaches that deliver training, we cannot wait to get you all training, getting fit and supporting these local businesses. All participants that were due to take part in March/April 2020 will in the next few weeks as advice develops be given a choice of several dates in 2021 or 2022 to pick from. These participants will have first choice on all dates. All new sign ups since roughly February 2020 will then be contacted and given the same date options, dependant on availability to fill up the events. All these date options will be posted in FB groups so please ensure you check them. This has been a long haul for everyone, and we are over the moon to finally be back planning to get people fit and active after lockdown, putting on awesome events and heading towards our target of £25Million for Cancer Research UK. Tuesday 5th January 2021 We cannot wait to bring back Ultra Events to give people the opportunity to do something amazing and provide an amazing event night for guests to enjoy. Our mission with Ultra is: Improving Lives
Bettering physical and mental health
Behaving morally and ethically
Fundraising to help beat cancer
As the UK enters another lockdown, we will continue to put our events on hold. We are following government guidance closely and we hope that the roll out of the vaccination will bring hope that after Easter events can start to return. We are positive that events will be able to resume in 2021 and we can get on our way to hitting £25million for Cancer Research UK. Thank you for your patience, we hope to see you soon!
Wednesday 2ndDecember 2020
It is fantastic news that the UK have approved the Pfizer vaccine and that it will be available from next week. This is a huge step forwards for the events industry and an encouraging sign that events will return in 2021.
We cannot wait to bring back Ultra Events and get on our way to hit our target of £25million raised for Cancer Research UK.
We have dates booked for 2021 and 2022 and will be giving participants who were due to take part in postponed events the choice of dates they would like to take part in.
Thank you for your patience during this time, we cannot wait to see you soon at an Ultra Event!
Thursday 20th August 2020 It is great to see that the UK is slowly returning to normal and that bars, restaurants, gyms and other industries can now reopen. We are excited that the government have announced some pilot events can go ahead during August with the view for events to return in the Autumn, this is a huge step forward for the events industry. We cannot wait to be able to bring Ultra Events back, getting people fit with UWCB and Ultra MMA, teaching people a new skill with Ultra Ballroom, making people laugh with Ultra Comedy and ensuring that we provide a fantastic night for all guests and participants. Most importantly, we cannot wait to be back raising money for Cancer Research UK and getting back on track for our next target of £25million raised. We are still waiting to be given the green light from the government on when our events can return and once this happens we will be announcing the rescheduled dates. All tickets will be transferred to the new dates and we will provide all guests the choice of 3 dates to choose from in order to make sure that they can attend the event and we will provide at least 12 week’s notice. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time and we hope to see you at an Ultra Event soon! Tuesday 17th March 2020 Following the governments advice on limiting social contact. We have unfortunately made the decision to postpone our training and events set for the coming weeks. As always, our primary concern is the safety of our participants and spectators. We are absolutely devastated by this, but we are doing what we feel is right to ensure everyone’s safety and health. We have been organising events for the last 11 years and have never found ourselves in these circumstances. These are unprecedented times and we feel this is the right option. All events that have been postponed will be running at a date in the future. We cannot confirm dates at the moment but will let you know as soon as the government advice and guidance allow us to make these decisions. As we stress the safety of others is paramount. The minute we do set a new date, we expect we will give 12 weeks’ notice which should hopefully be enough for everyone to attend and show support. Our participants have trained so very hard and raised a phenomenal amount of money for Cancer Research UK. We cannot wait to reschedule these events. Participants will receive a fresh 8 weeks of training and have the amazing event that they deserve. An amazing night for friends, family and work colleagues to proudly come and cheer on their incredible loved ones. All tickets and VIP tables will still be valid for the rearranged event, these are non refundable. Funds raised for Cancer Research UK on JustGiving pages will also moved over to the new date. This will give everyone the opportunity to raise EVEN MORE money for Cancer Research UK. We will be in touch with everyone as soon possible with details of the new dates. These are extreme, unprecedented circumstances. Thank you for your patience and support during this time. Ultra Events participants have raised over 21millions pounds for Cancer Research UK. We cannot wait to get going again to raise even more for life saving research and get even more people fit and active. The start of our events will signal the end of a very challenging period. Take care of yourselves and others around you.
Ultra Events started out in Derby in 2009 running boxing events in a local nightclub. The concept was the same, everyone received 8 weeks of free boxing training at the local boxing gym. They were then matched with an opponent from the group and they took part in an event at the end of it. This formed Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) which by 2014 expanded to over 100 towns and cities across the UK.
In the early days of Ultra, each show raised money for a different charity, though we thought it would be really great to pull all of the fundraising together for one single cause. Founder of Ultra, Jon Leonard, used to run the ‘Race for Life’ warm-ups in the midlands area and a scientist’s talk inspired him to raise money for Cancer Research UK. In 2013 we became a corporate partner of Cancer Research UK and to date, we have raised over £22million for the charity through our events.
Our target has been to raise £1million in one month for life-saving research; we had reached the limit of towns and cities we could expand to with UWCB so we decided to look at alternative events we could run. This saw the formation of Ultra MMA, Ultra Ballroom, Ultra Comedy and Ultra Adventures in 2017 and more recently Ultra Games. We rebranded to Ultra Events to tie all of the brands together and our goal became to provide different ways for people to fundraise and take part in incredible events.
In 2018 we ran our first charity trek to Mount Kilimanjaro which raised over £80,000 for Cancer Research UK with Ultra Adventures and in 2019 we sent fundraisers on our first trek on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. We aim to be able to provide more destinations and challenges for participants as we expand Ultra Adventures.
Whether you want to learn to make people laugh with Ultra Comedy or put on your sequins and dance with Ultra Ballroom, there is an event you can take part in to raise money for Cancer Research UK and we hope that the addition of these events will help us reach our goal of £1million in one month.
As well as running events across the UK, our mission is to partner with the world’s leading cancer charities to reach a global total of £50million raised to help beat cancer sooner. Our first step towards achieving this goal happened in 2019 when we ran our first events UWCB in Poland and Australia. We have plans to branch out even further to U.S.A and be helping to get people fit and fundraise across the globe!
One of the key reasons we run events is to help people get fitter and healthier and to make it accessible for people. This is why we launched Ultra Nutrition and made our products with natural ingredients to make being healthy easy. With Ultra Nutrition we can provide free nutrition advice, meal ideas and support for people who want to change to a healthy lifestyle. Our products are designed to help people on this journey with convenience in mind.
At Ultra, everything we do aligns with our mission to improve lives through bettering physical and mental health, fundraising to help beat cancer, providing life-changing experiences and behaving morally and ethically. To read more about our mission visit https://ultraevents.co.uk/our-mission/
Once you sign up to an Ultra Event, you receive 8 weeks of free training and get to take part in an incredible event – in return, we ask you to sell 10 tickets to your friends and family to the main event. This is for a couple of reasons, it makes an incredible atmosphere on the night to have people cheering you on, but also it is how we cover the cost of running the event.
For boxing events all across the UK professional boxers must sell their own tickets to be picked by promoters. When boxers are just starting out the requirement can be as many as 100+ tickets to be considered for the bill and could have to do this 4-5 times a year.
Ticket sales are becoming increasingly more important to fighters who want to make it in the world of pro boxing and it is all part of the experience. You won’t find many of the Top pro’s who didn’t start out through the ‘sell tickets to fight’ route, it’s the way that promoters work and how they can afford to put on the shows.
No one wants to arrive on the day, their entrance music starts, the MC announces your name and you start walking to the ring to an empty room with no one cheering. At Ultra Events the atmosphere is electric and that’s down to the hard work that our participants put in to get their friends and family to buy tickets to support them.
Selling 10 tickets can feel like a daunting experience, but if you think about it it’s only a small number of people. The best way to approach it is to make sure you tell people you are taking part, friends, family, colleagues and use the tool that everyone has available to them – social media. We provide you with loads of materials and support to help you to sell tickets. These are proven methods to help you so make sure you make the most of them:
Post to your social media and tell people you are taking part – share the ticket link and ask people to put your name in the ‘who you are coming to watch’ box.
Put a poster up at work to tell colleagues you are taking part and ask your colleagues or boss if they’d like to attend.
Change your email signature at work (if allowed) to include that you are taking part, you can include the ticket URL in this too.
Regularly update social media throughout your training, post photos of your training and your weigh in to build excitement around your fight night.
Ultra is here to help, so speak to your local rep if you are struggling with ticket sales and we can give you some advice to help you. Nothing is impossible and if you’ve signed up you are already determined to take part – don’t let the ticket sales stop you from having an incredible experience!
After 8 weeks of training for your UWCB event, you get the chance to walk out at a huge event in front of a roaring crowd whilst your chosen entrance music plays.
Walk-on themes became a big hit in boxing after former world champion Muhammad Ali used the Star Wars theme for a title bout against Earnie Shavers in 1977. Since then, music has become a vital part of boxing shows.
Choosing the perfect track for your walk-in can be a difficult task, so to help you out we’ve put together a list of the Top 25 songs, as picked by UWCB boxers!
The Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ hit ‘Can’t Stop’, used by professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko, came out on top. The 2002 track is the top choice for amateur boxers, with the instantly recognisable guitar rhythm and Anthony Kiedis’ punchy vocals ideal for motivating them and exciting crowds.
It is the most popular walk-on theme, closely followed by Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ and The Prodigy’s number one hit ‘Firestarter.’
Completing the top five walk-on themes are ‘All of The Lights’ by Kayne West ft. Rihanna and Survivor’s 1982 classic Rocky movie theme ‘Eye of the Tiger’.
Top 10 Ring Walk Songs:
1. ‘Can’t Stop’ by Red Hot Chilli Pepper
2. ‘Lose Yourself’ by Eminem
3. ‘Firestarter’ by The Prodigy
4. ‘All of The Lights’ by Kayne West ft. Rihanna
5. ‘Eye of the Tiger’ by Survivor
6. ‘Big for Your Boots’ by Stormzy
7. ‘Back In Black’ by AC/DC
8. ‘X Gon’ Give it To Ya’ by DMX
9. ‘Ready or Not’ by The Fugees
10. ‘Feed ‘Em To The Lions’ by Solo 45
Over the years, more than 50,000 participants have taken part in Ultra White Collar Boxing events and we’ve heard a huge range of tracks from PSY’s hit ‘Gangnam Style’ right the way through to the internet sensation ‘Baby Shark’ (a song we are glad to see the back of!)
View the UWCB playlist on Spotify of the top 25 ring walk songs.
Taking part in an Ultra White Collar Boxing event provides a whole range of benefits to your life. Whether you want to get fit, meet new people, become more confident, do something out of your comfort zone or raise some money for charity. It’s likely that UWCB can help you achieve your goal PLUS so much more.
Here are just a few reasons why you should sign up to UWCB today:
Research states that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. The UWCB training course lasts 56 days. This means you have 56 days of commitment to get fitter, healthier and in great shape.
At the end of an 8-week UWCB training course, you will feel incredible health benefits, you’ll feel fitter and continue to exercise and make healthier choices.
Simon Roberts from Derby took part in an event in 2012 which kick-started his weight loss journey. Simon continued exercising and to date has lost 8 stone and feels fitter now than he did 7 years ago.
Training towards something
UWCB gives you a goal. At the end of the 8 weeks, you know that you will be stepping into the ring in front of a crowd of your friends and family. This helps to give you motivation and means that for 8 weeks to push yourself, train hard, get fitter and feel healthier.
When the bell rings at the end of your fight, you’ll feel an incredible sense of achievement and nothing will seem impossible.
Increased confidence & camaraderie
We now live in a world where people don’t often communicate face to face. UWCB groups people together from different backgrounds who train together and get to know each other over 8 weeks. You form a team and push each other to get through training and you support each other at the big event.
Walking out in front of 1,000 people and stepping into a boxing ring is a truly unique and incredible feeling and participants leave the event with a renewed sense of confidence. If you can do UWCB you can do anything in life.
Doing something positive
Ultra Events are proud to have raised over £18 Million for Cancer Research UK since 2013.
We offer participants the chance to help raise money for a cause that will, unfortunately, affect most of us in some way. Raising money for charity is an amazing and positive thing to do and it makes you feel proud of your achievement. On average, each UWCB participant raises £268 for Cancer Research UK, and each event raises an average of £12,000.
UWCB are aiming to reach £20 Million for Cancer Research UK by 2020, by signing up YOU can be a part of this incredible figure.
Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) are proud to be a corporate partner of Cancer Research UK, and our participants have helped to raise over £16.4 Million to help beat cancer sooner.
“Our participants have helped to raise over £16.4 Million to help beat cancer sooner”
Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped to save millions of lives. Over the past 40 years, survival has doubled, thanks to the great progress research have made.
With UWCB, you not only get to raise money for a brilliant cause. The challenge will also benefit you in ways you might never think of. Here are 5 ways this charity challenge can help to improve your life:
1. Your health will improve
Taking part in a UWCB event will increase your activity levels and make you fitter and healthier. It also provides you with a real target to work towards and which is incredibly motivating. Around 3,400 cases of cancer in the UK each year could be prevented by keeping active.
Numerous studies have also found that raising money for charity and helping others can improve your health. Often referred to as ‘helper’s high,’ taking on a challenge for charity can produce endorphins that promote feelings of happiness.
2. It will motivate you
There will be days when your motivation is low, or when the last thing you want to do is train for your upcoming challenge. As a group you will train together which helps to motivate each other through the 8 weeks of free training. When you find yourself low on inspiration thinking about the charity, your donations and the people whose lives you are helping to change will spur you on in ways you never thought possible.
3. Meet new people
When you start your 8 weeks of free training you will meet new people, many of them will remain friends for life. Once you sign up you will join a Facebook group with the other participants. You can share training tips, fundraising advice and motivate each other throughout the training and on the run-up to the event. Training with others builds a fantastic sense of community and you will feel a real sense of camaraderie.
4. Open up new opportunities
The challenge you initially choose to take on for charity could lead to lots of other exciting opportunities in the future. For example, Ultra Events organise Ultra MMA, Ultra Comedy, Ultra Darts and Ultra Ballroom events, as well as charity treks with Ultra Adventures. Many people who take on Ultra White Collar Boxing will challenge themselves by taking part in a series of events, raising HUGE amounts of money for Cancer Research UK. This fundraising helps scientists get closer to finding a cure.
5. You will get incredible support
Taking part in a UWCB event will be like no other experience. The event can be a daunting prospect, so it’s good to know that you will be supported every step of the way. From the moment you sign up you will get help with training, nutrition and fundraising to ensure you get the most out of the experience. Ultra Events have a huge team on hand to help and support you throughout your experience.
We also have a dedicated support team from Cancer Research UK who will be on hand to help with all aspects of fundraising. Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for their research. It’s only thanks to your generosity that they’ve helped to double cancer survival rates in just 40 years. You, the supporters, are at the heart of everything they achieve.
Every step Cancer Research UK make towards beating cancer relies on every pound raised. With your help they can beat cancer sooner.
Ultra Events is about people pushing their limits, doing something out of their comfort zone and raising money for Cancer Research UK.
UWCB can be an achievement of a lifetime, an event that can change participants lives. From taking the plunge and signing up on the website, we are on hand to get everyone through the course and ensure you have an incredible experience. We run 450 events every year, with approximately 20,000 participants and we do our very best to make it accessible and remove what for many is the daunting perception of a boxing gym. Boxing gyms are far more friendly places than most commercial gyms and once you step through the doors you will see how supportive everyone is.
Here is a list of how the process works:
Sign Up: Upon signing up you will receive a text message to join a Facebook group; most of the information across your journey will be posted in this group. You will receive an email from Ultra and an email from Cancer Research UK with details of how to set up your JustGiving page.
Facebook Group: This group is an opportunity to get to know the other participants, feel comfortable and get lots of information about UWCB.
Rep Contact: Every event is assigned a rep that will look after you and be on hand to answer any questions you have. The rep will text you to introduce themselves and post in the Facebook group, if you have any questions you can message them.
Your rep will organise the event and keep on top of you to ensure you are getting the most out of your UWCB experience. They will check you are raising money for Cancer Research UK and selling tickets to ensure you have a big crowd on the night. The rep will also ask you to provide a CD with your entrance music and will get your vest printed for the big night.
Cancer Research UK Contact: Emma CRUK Hallas will be posting in your Facebook group, she works for Cancer Research UK and is on hand to help you with your fundraising. Whatever you need, from fundraising materials to advice, they are there to help!
Registration Meeting: We will invite you to attend a meeting approximately a week before the training starts. It is important that you attend as you can pick up your registration pack and ask any questions. It’s also a great time to meet the other group members!
Training Starts: The trainers will take you through a programme to prepare you for your bout. The programme starts with fitness session, footwork drills and then you will progress to sparring. The training will be difficult, it will push you to your limits and you will learn a lot from our expert trainers. The training helps to develop great camaraderie within the group and you will push each other through the process.
If you need any advice on fitness, training or nutrition your trainers are on hand to help. Your trainers want you to get fit and box well, if you need their support, just ask.
Match Up Night: Approximately a week before the event you will have your match up night. The trainers have watched and assessed you across the training period and they match you to have a fair competitive bout. Matching will be based on weight, fitness and ability.
The Main Event: This is where it all comes together, you will be nervous, excited and emotional on the day. Everyone taking part has had 8 weeks of training and this is a chance to show off your new skills and make your friends and family incredibly proud.
You will arrive at the venue 2 hours before doors open. You will have a medical, get familiar with the venue and have a talk through the day by the event representative.
Shortly before doors open we will announce the fight order and the crowd with start to arrive. You have the choice to watch the bouts before yours or relax in the changing rooms. Your bout will come around and it’s time to step into the ring, your corner men will be ready and now it’s down to you. You will walk out to your entrance music with a HUGE cheer from your supporters. The bell will ring and you will have a boxing match, it will be 8 minutes of your life that you will remember forever – so give it your all!
Whether you win or lose, you will feel incredibly proud of your achievement. You will have done something incredible that only a small percentage of the population have done. In the process you will have helped to raise £15 Million for Cancer Research UK!
After The Event: Hopefully you will be feeling super fit as well as leaner and healthier than you were 8 weeks ago. We hope that you decide to continue to keep fit, whether that’s to continue boxing or just continuing to exercise.
One thing is for sure, you will have done something incredible.
At Ultra Events, we love to see our participants change their attitude to health and fitness and get their children involved in an active, healthy lifestyle. Not only have they done something incredible, but they have also had a positive impact on their family by actively engaging in exercise.