A Laurencekirk man pulled on a pair of boxing gloves for the first time last month, to fight for Cancer Research UK in a charity bout.
Colin Page, 34, had always been a boxing fan, and had always fancied giving it a go - so when he saw an advert for Ultra White Collar Boxing in Aberdeen, he was intrigued.
“I might have chickened out if it wasn’t raising money for cancer,” said Colin, “but my dad passed away a couple of years ago from it, so I knew it was something I had to do.”
So last month, while most boxing aficionados were watching Tyson Fury’s victory in Dusseldorf, Colin stepped through the ropes, putting 10 weeks of hard training into a close contest in Aberdeen, fighting to a respectable draw.
“I was quite nervous in the build-up,” explained Colin. “I was quite late on in the bill, but once I’d walked into the ring I felt fine.”
There was no shortage of confidence in his opponent, who entered the ring wearing a crown and wielding a scepter.
Colin said: “I was ok in there. I focused on what I’d learned, just throwing straight punches.
“It was my first fight, so I wasn’t going to start throwing wild combinations - though I did put in a few uppercuts because my corner were shouting me to.
“I felt like I had got the better of it, but I was happy with a draw as it was all for charity.”
Colin trained for 10 weeks - three times a week in Aberdeen for boxing tuition, and three times a week at Speedflex in Laurencekirk for conditioning, who let him train for free as it was all for a good cause.
The Laurencekirk man enjoyed the experience and expressed an interest in boxing again.
“The only problem,” he said, “is that there’s not really anywhere local for me to box.
“And my little girl was born two weeks into the training, so I really want to spend more time with my family right now.”
So far, he’s raised £4,413.92 through his just giving page, but if you’d still like to donate, you can do so by going to: https://www.justgiving.com/Colin-Page4.