A NUMBER of beginner boxers are now just weeks away from stepping into the ring for charity.

Ultra White Collar Boxing is set to hold its black tie fight night at Alloa Town Hall on Friday, December 1.

The nationwide organisation provides people with the opportunity to get healthy by donning the gloves, while raising vital money for Cancer Research UK.

Around 40 people have signed up to train at the Scottish Martial Arts and Fitness Centre, taking on a gruelling regime, which gets them fighting fit in just eight weeks, before facing an opponent of similar weight, age and ability.

Adam Paterson, the area representative for Ultra White Collar Boxing, told the Advertiser about the mix of participants who are taking on the challenge.

He said: "We have got guys that have done an event before in the past and have decided to do it again, and we have got some guys who are doing it for the first time."

There are a range of personal benefits for the contestants, who are encouraged to improve their eating and lose weight, while supporting an important cause.

Adam said the process often has a lasting impact on those who take part, making a positive difference in their lives.

"We have actually got lots of people who take up boxing afterwards," he said. "They have got used to training and focused in their training so after the event finishes we find them taking up classes.

"From a coach's point of view, it's brilliant. I've got three guys who started charity boxing at the start of the year and are now representing the gym for the boxing club and competing for regional and national titles.

"It makes every day coming to work a joy because you are seeing people change their lives and getting focused and determined. It spreads into all aspects of their lives."

Adam described the final event as "not like your run of the mill boxing show at the town hall", with a bar and DJ organised to mark the celebration of the progress the fighters make and the funds they raise for Cancer Research UK.

Ultra White Collar Boxing is the charity's biggest fundraiser in the UK and has contributed £10million nationwide in the last four years.

Tickets for the bout in Alloa can be purchased online at eventbrite.co.uk/e/ultra-white-collar-boxing-alloa-01122017-tickets-36057305371, with the option of standing or VIP tables, including waitress service and ringside seats. There is a strict dress code.