1st August 2011

THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL CUP Sponsored by Holt’s Military Banking

BOXING is set to make a long awaited return to the world-famous Royal Albert Hall with a grudge contest between the UK Armed Forces and the US Armed Forces in association with the charity, Tickets For Troops, it was announced today.

Britain’s top boxing promoter Frank Warren, who is celebrating his 35th year in the sport, is masterminding the event, billed as ‘The Royal Albert Hall Cup Sponsored by Holt’s Military Banking’ which will take place on Friday, October 7th.

Hall of Fame promoter Warren, who is a Patron of Tickets For Troops said: “This is a great way of recognising the strength of the alliance between our two great countries and supporting a cause which is very close to the hearts and minds of most Americans and Brits

“The services have a great and proud tradition of producing first class boxers and this should be a fantastic evening of top class boxing as well establishing who is the best.”

The Transatlantic showdown will include teams of amateur boxers from both countries and over TWO THOUSAND free tickets will be made available free of charge for members of the UK Armed Forces and their families through Tickets for Troops www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk

Warren was the last to promote at the Royal Albert Hall over a decade ago that has hosted some of the greatest names in British boxing including Sir Henry Cooper, Frank Bruno, Lennox Lewis and Prince Naseem Hamed.

Nathan Pearce – the British Army Sports Control Board representative, said: “We have some excellent boxing talent across all the services and this is their big chance to show how they measure up against some tough opposition from across the water.”

Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Albert Hall, said: “The Royal Albert Hall has a long history of hosting amateur boxing competitions and is delighted to be able to support the valuable work of Tickets for Troops by doing so again for this occasion.

As part of our wide public benefit remit and aid to other charities, we have supported Tickets for Troops in the past by donating tickets to a range of events for members of our armed forces and their families to enjoy and we are proud to show our continued commitment by hosting this event.”

Former two-time heavyweight champion of the World, Tim Witherspoon, said: “This is the ultimate showdown, a test for the toughest and no-one wants to be a loser on this night. Our reputation is at stake.”

The US boxers will be made up from the US Military Boxing Associations.

Mrs Samantha Cameron, a Patron of Tickets For Troops, said: “This is a great way to celebrate the hard work of the Armed Forces on both sides of the Atlantic. Although I will be rooting for our boys, I hope that it is a great night out for everyone involved – they deserve it.”

The Cup’s sponsors, Holt’s is a specialist military bank – and part of RBS Group – which dedicated military banking experts providing bespoke services from its base in RBS Farnborough branch.

Rod Reading, Area Manager, Holt’s Military Banking, said: “As a provider of banking services to British troops and their families for nearly 200 years, we were delighted to play a part in bringing this event to the Royal Albert Hall.”

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