A former Army serviceman from Melton is bravely preparing to making his debut in a boxing ring in an attempt to raise thousands of pounds for charity.
Stephen Keightley (32), of Scalford Road, will fight for three two-minute rounds in front of more than 1,000 people at the King Power Stadium in Leicester on Sunday.
He hopes to help raise around £3,000 for the LCFC Foxes Foundation, a charitable trust run by Leicester City Football Club which this year will provide funds for five causes, from his own collections and through ticket sales.
Some of the money will go to cancer charities and Stephen has personal reasons for wanting to help these organisations after losing family members to the disease.
“I lost my uncle Nobby to cancer a few years ago and he was a boxer so I thought it would be a good way of raising money,” said Stephen.
“We also lost my auntie Wendy to it so these charities are very close to my heart.
“I am a bit nervous about going in the ring but when you see what children with cancer go through it is a small price to pay to take some punishment for six minutes of my life.”
Stephen has always kept himself physically fit, particularly while he worked as a physical training instructor in the Army - he served with 14 Signals Regiment in Iraq.
But he has had to modify his diet to get ready for his fight, as well as training rigorously with Trevor Booth at Melton Amateur Boxing Club in Rosebery Avenue.
About 80 friends and relatives will be ringside, including dad John and sister Ann Marie, from Melton.
The LCFC Foxes Foundation charities Stephen will be raising money for include Leicester Hospitals Charity, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Rainbows Hospice for Young People.
To sponsor him go online at https://www.justgiving.com/stephenkeightley