Every year since 1995 Spalding has played host to the Round Table charitable Boxing night and has become renowned in the area as well as one of the most important fundraising events in the district. The male only black tie event typically features eight top class amateur boxing bouts between regular home team the Police Boxing Club and a differing guest team.
Each year a Legendary Guest Speaker takes to the ring to entertain the audience with stories and anecdotes from their boxing career, before heading to the floor for photo opportunities with each table.
But, the focus on the night is about charity as well as providing a memorable evening of entertainment. With a tote, raffle, casino room, plus both silent and live auctions – many local charities and good causes have benefited hugely over the years from the fund raising event.
Various packages for this anniversary year are available – with the most prestigious being our premium ring-side tables. Whilst previous years tables and attendees are offered first refusal – the expected high demand for this year has meant we’re opening a free pre-registration service online. Pre-registration is totally free and by putting your name down, you aren’t committing to anything. Visit the link below for more details.
Sponsorship is a major income driver to the night, for which we thank many local businesses for their support over the last 20 years. With such local popularity – having an official connection to this event can only be seen as a positive affiliation with your business. If you’d like your business to be added to our list of sponsors please click here
Special Guest of Honour: Tyson Fury
Fury was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester, England into a family of Irish Traveller heritage. Tyson’s family has a long history in boxing and bare knuckle boxing. His father is from Tuam, County Galway and his maternal grandmother is from County Tipperary. He is a cousin of Irish boxer Andy Lee. His father named him “Tyson” after the then world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.
As an amateur, Fury represented both Ireland and England. Fury represented Ireland three times at international level. He initially fought out of the Holy Family Boxing Club in Belfast, Northern Ireland and later switched to the Smithboro Club in County Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland. In a double international duel against an experienced Polish team in 2007, the Irish team lost 12-6 overall; Fury, however, was victorious in both his fights in Rzeszów and Białystok. In another Irish match against the US, Fury won his bout by knock-out.
He was forced to withdraw from the Irish national championships after officials from the Holy Trinity BC in Belfast, the club of the then Irish amateur heavyweight champion, submitted a protest regarding his eligibility. He won a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships in 2006.
In England, whist representing Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy, he participated in the senior national championships in 2006 but was beaten by David Price 22-8.
In May 2007, he won the EU Junior Championship representing England, and later lost to Maxim Babanin in the final of the European Junior Championships. As a junior, he was ranked number three in the World behind the Russians Maxim Babanin and Andrey Volkov, but lost out to David Price for a place at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Price was chosen for the 2008 Olympic team ahead of Fury due to Olympic rules restricting each country to one boxer per weight division. Fury also unsuccessfully tried to qualify for Ireland, and attributed his failure to qualify for the Olympics as his reason for turning professional, instead of waiting for a chance that might not have come in 2012.
In the absence of Price (who won Olympic Bronze in Beijing) he became national champion (ABA) in 2008.
Fury’s amateur boxing record stood at 35 fights, 31 wins, and 26 wins by KO, with 4 losses.
Fury turned professional with promoter Mick Hennessy in December 2008 and represents Great Britain and Ireland. His debut came at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham on the undercard of the Carl Froch and Jean Pascal fight for the WBC super-middleweight title. In this fight Fury defeated Hungary’s Bela Gyongyosi (W3-L9-D2) with a first round knock-out.
His second fight was in January 2009, when Fury fought Germany’s Marcel Zeller, who had won 21 of 23 previous bouts. Fury won the fight by TKO after it was stopped in the third round. On 28 February 2009, Fury beat 35-fight veteran Russian Daniil Peretyatko (W15-L20), winning by retirement in the second round due to a large cut on Peret’s eye the bout took place in Norwich on the undercard of Jon Thaxton’s first defence of his European Lightweight title.
On 14 March 2009, at the Aston Events Centre in Birmingham Tyson beat fellow Briton Lee Swaby (W23-L22-D2) by retirement. On 11 April 2009, Fury continued the unbeaten start to his career by beating Englishman Matthew Ellis (W20-L6-D1) at the York Hall by knock-out 48 seconds into the first round.
On 23 May 2009, Fury had his first eight-round fight, beating Northern Ireland’s 6 ft 7inch fellow prospect Scott Belshaw (W10-L1) by second-round TKO with 52 seconds of the second round. Belshaw was knocked down twice in the first round, both times by body shots.
Fury’s next fight was due to take place on 12 June, though after suffering a back injury in training the bout was cancelled. Fury returned to the ring on 18 July 2009, beating Latvian Aleksandrs Selezens (W3-L6) 48 seconds into the 3rd round, despite the fight almost being cancelled due to Fury’s continuing back injury.
The BBB of C decided that Fury, in only his 8th bout, would fight John McDermott (W25-L5) for the English title before the end of November. The fight was confirmed for 11 September at the Brentwood International Centre.
On 11 September, Fury beat John McDermott in a controversial point’s decision. Both boxers stated they would like a rematch. Many boxing observers scored the contest in favour of McDermott, and promoter Frank Maloney labelled referee Terry O’Connor a “disgrace to British Boxing” after his decision.
On 26 September, Fury made his Irish debut, winning a clear 6 round decision against Tomas Mrazek (W4-L22-D5) on the undercard of Bernard Dunne versus Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym at The O2 in Dublin. Fury then vacated the English title due to a broken hand sustained in the victory over
On 5 March 2010 Fury knocked out Germany’s Hans-Joerg Blasko (W9-L3) in the first round in Huddersfield. On 26 June 2010, Fury again faced John McDermott in a rematch for the vacant English heavyweight title; the fight also served as a British heavyweight title fight eliminator. In round six, Fury sustained a deep cut above his right eye near the end of the round after an accidental clash of heads. In round seven, Fury was penalised for holding McDermott and was subsequently deducted a point by referee, Dave Parris. In the eighth, Fury knocked down McDermott with a short right hook. In the 9th round Fury knocked down McDermott twice more before the referee stopped the fight, at 1 minute 8 seconds of the ninth round. All three judges had scored the contest 77-73 in favour of Fury going into the ninth round.
On 10 September 2010 Fury faced then unbeaten American prospect Rich Power (W12-L0) in London, winning all 8 rounds on the referee’s scorecard.
For his 13th professional bout, Fury travelled to North America for the first time, defeating American Zack Page (W21-L32-D2) over 8 rounds in Quebec City, Canada, all three judges giving him every round.
Fury’s first fight of 2011 took place against Brazil’s then unbeaten Marcelo Luiz Nascimento (W13-L0) at Wembley Arena on 19 February. Nascimento was coming off a good win over Omar Basile, however Fury floored Nascimento in the first round, and went on to win by knockout in round 5.
The victory over McDermott had elevated Fury to the position of mandatory challenger to the highly regarded and unbeaten Dereck Chisora (W14-L0) for the British Heavyweight Title. This fight was held on 23 July 2011. By the end of the fifth round Fury had caused Chisora’s mouth to cut, causing heavy bleeding. From then on Chisora began to fade, with Fury winning a clear unanimous decision and the British Title.
Fury went on to fight the tough 6 ft 6inch American fringe contender Nicolai Firtha (W20-L8-D1) (who had previously taken Alexander Povetkin the distance) at the King’s Hall, Belfast, winning by TKO when the referee stopped the contest in the fifth round.
Fury defended his commonwealth title against undefeated Canadian champion Neven Pajkic (W16-L0) on 12 November 2011. The fight took place in Fury’s home City of Manchester on 12 November. He was knocked down for the first time in his career in the second round by Pajkic, but ultimately won the fight by a controversial TKO in the third round, knocking down his opponent twice, one of which appeared to be as a result of a shove from Fury.
Fury vacated the British and Commonwealth titles in February 2012, stating that wished to concentrate on pursuing a world title.
On 14 April 2012, Fury competed against Belfast’s Martin Rogan (W14-L2) (who held victories over Matt Skelton and Audley Harrison) for the vacant Irish heavyweight title. Fury showed versatility by fighting southpaw for the first time in this bout, and halted Rogan in the fifth round with a body punch to win the title.
On 7 July 2012 Fury outclassed Vinny Maddalone (W35-L7), winning the WBO Intercontinental Title by TKO in round 5.
On 1 December 2012, Fury fought American world title contender Kevin Johnson (W28-L2-D1). The fight went the full twelve rounds and Fury won via unanimous decision against Johnson. Many criticised Fury’s performance as there was a mixture of booing and applause around the arena. However in the post-fight interview, Fury explained that his intentions were never to go steaming in as Kevin Johnson is not an opponent who can be easily stopped. Johnson had previously taken World Champion Vitali Klitschko the full 12 rounds in a title challenge.
On 20 April 2013, Fury fought the highly ranked American former world Cruiserweight champion, Steve Cunningham (W25-L5) in his United States debut at Madison Square Garden. The bout was an IBF Title Eliminator to determine the Number 2 World Ranking, with the winner then needing to fight unbeaten Bulgarian heavyweight Kubrat Pulev for the mandatory position for a tilt at the long reigning Ukrainian world champion Wladimir Klitschko. Cunningham came into the fight on the rebound from a controversial split decision loss to Tomasz Adamek of Poland. Fury fought wildly in the first two rounds, and was floored by Cunningham in the 2nd round. However Fury rebounded and knocked Cunningham out for the first time in his career with a right hand in the seventh round.
This win gave the 24 year old Fury a world ranking of 7 according to Boxrec, a number 2 ranking according to the International Boxing Federation, 6th with the World Boxing Council, and 5th with the World Boxing Organization.
Fury was due to fight David Haye. on 28 September 2013. However, Haye pulled out of the fight on 21 September after sustaining a cut, which required six stitches, above the eye during training. The fight was originally postponed to 8 February 2014, however Haye was forced to pull out of the fight with a career-threatening shoulder injury, and hinted at his retirement. After a brief retirement Fury signed with BoxNation and made his return to the ring on 15 February 2014 at the Copper Box in London. Fury defeated Joey Abell by TKO in round 4.
Fury was due to fight rival Dereck Chisora for the second time on 26 July 2014. However, on 21 July, Chisora was forced to pull out after sustaining a fractured hand in training. Belarussian Alexander Ustinov was lined up as Chisora’s replacement in the bout scheduled to take place at the Manchester Arena, Fury pulled out of the fight after his uncle and former trainer Hughie Fury was taken seriously ill.