Recruitment ‘Headhunter’ to step into the ring
A 45-year-old recruitment entrepreneur who is the founder and managing partner of Zyna Search, a market leading international recruitment search consultancy, is stepping into the boxing ring to raise vital funds for Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
Marcus Whyte, originally from Francistown in Botswana, but who grew up in the Shetland Isles, will climb into the ring on Saturday 16th November, 2019, at the charity’s annual white collar boxing event, Float Like A Butterfly Ball, sponsored by Diginex.
Held at the Grosvenor Hotel, Mayfair, the event will see eight mainly novice boxers slugging it out in four punishing bouts, each consisting of two, three minute rounds.
The prestigious black tie fundraiser, which includes an evening of top class entertainment, also plays host to an audience of world champion boxing legends and celebrity attendees from the worlds of sport, TV and film.
Marcus, who lives in Peckham, says the thought of being taken to places that people don’t want to go to inspired him to register for the fight! As he explained: “I like pushing myself and this isn’t the first time that I’ve dived into the shallow end!
“I used to play rugby and I switched from wing to prop and it really paid off as I ended up playing in the national amateur final at Twickenham.
“This resulted in me playing semi-professionally, which hurt a lot, so I’m used to pain.”
Marcus, a champion schoolboy swimmer, having won a Scottish Schools silver medal for Butterfly on the day Nelson Mandela was released from prison, found out about Float Like A Butterfly Ball through BXR London, the high end boxing gym where he trains.
“BXR are the official training partner for the event,” enthused Marcus. “When I heard that they were dedicated to ensuring that each participant has a champion mind-set going into their bout I thought I’d like to give it a try.”
Marcus, who is expecting his first child with is partner, has thoroughly prepared for the fight. As he explained: “I’ve been doing lots of yoga and I’ve worked on my strength and conditioning, but I’ve also been doing one to one training with Gary Logan, who’s Head of Boxing at BXR, and Kevin Mitchell, who’s challenged twice for the lightweight world championship.”
Marcus, a Loughborough University graduate, says this will be his first ever fight. He said: “I have too many anxieties to list going into the fight as its new territory for me, but that’s the challenge.
“My family and friends think I’m crazy!”
Float Like A Butterfly Ball, delivered in partnership with Ewing Law, a specialist solicitors, barristers and legal consultancy practice that is experienced in organising high quality white collar boxing events, has fast become one of the most talked about boxing evenings in London.
“Each boxer will have trained relentlessly for the contest and when they climb into the ring, and go glove to glove, they won’t be pulling any punches,” said Kerrie Davies, Associate Director of Events at Caudwell Children. “The energy sapping rounds will make it a really tough challenge for those taking part.”
Platinum tables for 10 are available for £10,000, or £1,100 for individual tickets. This includes premium seating with a choice of ringside views, a four course dinner, an allocation of wine and Champagne.
Gold tables for 10 are available for £5,000, or £600 for individual tickets. This includes premium seating between the ring and stage, and a four course dinner with an allocation of wine and Champagne.
Silver tables for 10 are available for £3,000, or £400 for individual tickets. This includes priority seating and a four course dinner.
“It’s going to be a fabulous evening,” concluded Kerrie. “Every jab, bob, block, clinch and punch will raise vital funds for Caudwell Children. Bring it on!”
To find out more and to book a table contact the Caudwell Children Events team on 01782 433755 or visit the web page here.
You can support Marcus through his Just Giving page here.