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White Collar Boxing Event - Mayhem in Macau - to Take Place 18 July 2014

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White collar boxing, one of the world’s fastest growing corporate contact sports, will make its debut in Macau with a charity fight-night at The Venetian Macau on Friday, 18 July.

Mayhem in Macau will feature nine amateur boxing clashes between 18 white collar professionals who will have been in hard training for three months before their first fights.

An audience of over 500 will be cheering the combatants over a glamorous black-tie dinner that is expected to become an annual social highlight on the Macau entertainment calendar.

Tickets for Mayhem in Macau can be booked online through Cotai Ticketing from 10 June, or via organizer China Sports Promotion.

Tickets are priced at MOP 1,500 per head and MOP 15,000 for a table of ten for Silver category, and MOP 3,000 per head and MOP 30,000 for a table of 10 for Gold category, including free-flowing wine, beer and cocktails.

The event is a charity fundraiser for the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Programme in Macau, which includes a raffle, silent auction, live auction and lucky draws to raise money for the organisation. All proceeds made on the night from the auctions and raffles go directly to the charity.

White collar boxing is a sport where both men and women in white collar professions train to fight in special events. What makes this event unique is that most participants have no previous boxing experience.

In 2000 a white collar boxing event, “Capital Punishment” saw a team of Wall Street bankers trading blows with City of London brokers. Over 100 sell-out events have since followed, including “Celebrity Boxing” on the BBC in 2003 featuring, among others, British comedians Les Dennis and Ricky Gervais of The Office.

For “Mayhem in Macau,” five of the nine bouts will be among local contenders, and four from elsewhere. The 18 amateur white-collar professionals, aged between 20 and 50, are receiving free training together for 12 weeks at Man O War Boxing Club Macau prior to the official fight-night.

They will finally be closely matched according to weight, and bouts are mercifully brief, over just three rounds of two minutes, with the referee stopping the fight at any stage if safety is compromised. Wearing heavy 16 oz. gloves and protective headgear, groin shields and mouth guards helps to lessen the risk of injuries.

“Zero injuries, aside from bloody noses, have been recorded in over 1,500 bouts sanctioned by the World White Collar Boxing Association,” noted China Sports Promotions founder Shane Benis.

Participants at “Mayhem in Macau” include executives from major corporations in Macau, and the event is sponsored by Cotai Strip Resorts Macau, the Cotai Ring Club and Macau Fitness.

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