VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) Put up your dukes. Members of Vancouver’s hospitality industry are doing just that this weekend. Tryouts are underway for this year’s Aprons For Gloves boxing fundraiser.
The annual charity punch-up, dubbed the Restaurant Rumble, is now in its sixth year and is set for this July at the Commodore Ballroom. But first, more than 100 would-be Rocky Balboas are being put through their paces. Maybe half will make the cut. “There will be definitely some sweating, some punching, there’s probably some yelling,” says trainer Anna Farrant.
First you bring your signed waivers, medical forms, and $200 registration fee to the tryouts. Then you have to make it through those tryouts.
“Yeah, this is a very overwhelming experience, but the training is very intense, so we just want to get people kind of prepped and game-ready for that,” she warns. “It’s a serious commitment. It’s three months of training, three or four days a week, you’re working with like five, six, seven, different coaches, it’s very technical, you’ve got to eat right.”
It’s all for a good cause: helping at-risk youth train at the Eastside Boxing Club. Each fighter agrees to raise $2,000 by July 20th. “We have about 160 kids in the program, five days a week,” Farrant explains. “Essentially, you’re supporting youth in the Downtown Eastside have accessibility to exercise and other resources over and above that.”
Last year, Aprons For Gloves raised about $180,000 for the gym, their best year to date.
Fighters will find out if they made cut at a contender announcement party, tonight at 7:00.