By Nazir Ali
About 4 months ago, in a moment of sheer madness, Rehanuz Zaman, aka Rahel, who for his regular day job is a Food Safety Officer for Southend Borough Council decided to jump on a worthy cause and came across Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB).
This is where white collar professionals come together to box each other for charity in front of a large crowd. Rahel decided to give that a go for a challenge as he knew close family and friends who were suffering from cancer and UWCB was for Cancer Research UK.
Rahel wanted to help combat this illness so he embarked on this challenge, first time ever, training for a bout without knowing his opponent. He bought all the gear and tried to train 2-3 times a week, but this wasn’t possible with a busy work and family life being a father of 3 beautiful children. However, on 4th September 2021, at the Thorpe Hall School, Southend, Rahel took on Levi in front of a packed arena.
Over the three rounds Rahel felt he was winning. He exchanged blow for blow and rattled his opponents a few times. But then realised that boxing wasn’t an easy sport, it required discipline, dedication and determination to train and to win.
Rahel lost on points, he was battered and bruised. Nonetheless, it was for charity and would recommend it to others. In hindsight, boxing isn’t an easy sport and takes a lot of effort to stay focused. He should have been more disciplined with his training and eating regime. But the experience and the amazing atmosphere was worth it.
He wants to try out MMA next. Should you wish to support his worthy cause, please donate generously: