Phillippa Watkins steps into ring for charity boxing

20 February 2019

Associate Director Phillippa Watkins is stepping into the ring to join the fight against cancer.

Phillippa is preparing for a charity boxing match which will raise money for cancer research, after losing two relatives to the disease over the last few years.

Phillippa, who is completing her RIBA Part 3 qualifications, is currently in the midst of an eight-week training programme to prepare her for the Ultra White Collar Boxing match, and she is hoping to raise over £200 ahead of the main event in March.

Ultra White Collar Boxing hosts charity boxing matches for professionals in over 100 cities across the country, and has raised just under £15 million for Cancer Research UK in the last 10 years, with participation growing each year.

All fundraisers receive free training to prepare them for the match, with sessions taking place twice a week at local gyms throughout the UK.

Her fight will take place at Ryton Connexions on Friday, March 22, where she will face an opponent of a similar age, ability and weight class.

Phillippa will compete in three two-minute rounds on the day in front of competitors, friends and family members, and could be up against one of five other female participants on the Coventry programme.

She said: “I wanted to challenge myself, and do something completely out of my comfort zone, whilst raising money for an excellent cause.

“My colleagues thought I’d gone mad when I said I would be taking part, but the support I have received has been fantastic.

“We’ve started off with fitness training, but I’ll hopefully be getting into the ring in the next few weeks.

“My family has been affected by cancer over the last few years so I wanted to do something to help raise money for an important charity.

“I’ve set a target of £200 but I’m looking to raise as much as possible, so please visit my Just Giving page.”

Roger Coy, managing director at the Roger Coy Partnership, said: “It’s a daunting task that Phillippa is taking on but she’s doing it for a worthy cause and has the backing of everyone here at the Roger Coy Partnership.

“It’s inspiring to see her and so many others taking action against something that affects so many people at some point in their lives.

“I’m sure this will be an amazing experience for Phillippa, and she should feel extremely proud about the challenge she has undertaken.

“It would be great if people in the area could show their support and help Phillippa raise as much as possible for Cancer Research.”

To donate, visit Phillippa’s Just Giving Page at

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