Kettering doctor takes up boxing to help fight against cancer

Dr Adrian Perkins will fight against an as-yet-unknown competitor on his 51st birthday on November 12 to raise funds for Cancer Research

Dr Adrian Perkins will fight against an as-yet-unknown competitor on his 51st birthday on November 12 to raise funds for Cancer Research

A Kettering doctor is helping a cancer charity join the fight against the disease – by taking part in a boxing bout.

Dr Adrian Perkins will fight against an as-yet-unknown competitor on his 51st birthday on November 12 to raise funds for Cancer Research.

Dr Perkins, who is a GP at Dryland Medical Centre, says he has been inspired by a number of cancer patients who have had to take on a fight they don’t want to.

He said: “I was starting to get a bit unfit and I don’t really like going to the gym so I thought about trying boxercise.

“I then found a website about charity boxing and thought, “yeah, I’d be up for that”.

“Unfortunately as part of my work I do come across a large amount of contact with cancer sufferers, and whenever a patient receives such a diagnosis they are plunged into a fight they very much wouldn’t want to be taking on.

“I’ve been doing two sessions a week and the first few times I woke up the next morning as stiff as an ironing board, but it’s getting easier.

“I’ve taken a few whacks in the mouth so far to no effect, which is quite reassuring, so if I come out of it unscathed it will be a success.”

Dr Perkins, who has been a doctor for 21 years, weighs in as a cruiserweight but will not know his opponent until the Monday before his clash.

He added: “They pair you up based on your boxing ability and fitness, which is the big key.

“Unfortunately, they don’t take into account your age!

“You wouldn’t think three two-minute rounds is that much but it’s absolutely knackering.

“All of the patients have been really positive about it.

“Cancer Research is such a worthwhile cause and I’d love to raise as much money as I can.”

The bout is one of a number taking place from 4pm on Saturday, November 12, at Kettering Conference Centre.

It is a black-tie event, and tickets can be purchased here.

Dr Perkins has already raised £950. To donate, click here or visit Dryland Medical Centre in Field Street.

To donate via text send the message TLJC60 followed by either £5 or £10 to 70070.