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Head Chef to compete in White Collar Boxing charity event

27 October 2021


Head Chef to compete in White Collar Boxing charity event

27 October 2021

The Iron's Head Chef John Greenley is preparing to take part in a White Collar Boxing charity event on November 27th, raising money for Cancer Research UK.

Following United's home league clash against Bradford City at the end of the month, John will swap his chef whites for boxing gloves and enter the ring for the event at the Baths Hall.

White-collar boxing is a form of boxing in which people in white-collar professions train to fight at special events.

Aimed at beginners, with no prior boxing experience, the package includes eight weeks of free boxing training, while the candidate raises money for the charity. At the time of writing, Scunthorpe has raised a total of £155,535, while the specific event has seen £7,114 come in for Cancer Research UK.

Scunthorpe United has also sponsored John for the event, adding to his total, with the club's logo set to be displayed on his shirt on the night.

Speaking about the event and his preparations, John said: "I've never boxed before. I've done a little bit of gym work in the past, but I've never trained this intensely before.

"The main thing for me, is that I've had a focus. I've suffered with mental illness for six years, and I needed something to focus on to help with that. The fact it's also supporting a charity makes it even better.

"There is a chance for companies to be a shirt sponsor, which is a minimum of £50. There are four slots on the shirt to get a company logo on, and I'll be wearing the shirt on the night of the fight.

"To do the fight, I needed to make £50 for charity, which I've done. There's £100 on my Just Giving page at the moment, and I think I've got another £500 to go on there with paper donations too."

Iron chairman Peter Swann added: "We are delighted to be continuing our ongoing support to Cancer Research UK by sponsoring John in this event."

You can donate to the cause by visiting John's Just Giving page here. If you're a company and would like to be a shirt sponsor, please donate £50 to the page and send in your logo to

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