A CITY teenager will be hoping to leave his opponents on the ropes when he takes part in a gruelling ten-week challenge.
Zak Field, who studies at Worcester College of Technology, is set to undertake the Zero to Hero programme in a bid to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
The course kick-starts on September 1 and will see about 30 competitors train twice a week with the aim of improving fitness and nutrition, and culminates in a ‘white collar’ boxing bout at Cheltenham racecourse on the weekend of November 7 and 8.
Zak said: “With this programme, it doesn’t just train you how to fight, it teaches you how to look after you own body with the aid of nutritionists and professionally trained instructors.
“I’m actually really looking forward to it because it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years but never really had a good enough opportunity.
“I decided I was going to raise money for Cancer Research because recently a family member was diagnosed with cancer, luckily they battled it and won, but not everyone is as lucky and it’s a very worthwhile charity.”
It is the first time the event has come to Worcester, after huge success in Bristol, and the 19-year-old is being backed all the way by family friend Steven Nettleford, who runs fitness classes in the city.
“I want Zak to do it for him and the benefits he gets from it,” he said. “He can raise some money for a cause and give him that motivation to keep going.
“There’s more of an aspect to the fitness and not just the fight with this, the fighting is the small cherry on the cake, the main thing for Zak is the fitness side of it and something that will give him confidence.”