AOA’s White Collar Boxing returns for fourth year
Thursday, Mar 08, 2018 06:00 am
With just two weeks remaining before White Collar Boxing IV, tickets are selling out fast for the Airdrie Oilmen’s Association (AOA)’s flagship event.
Now in its fourth year, White Collar Boxing has gone through some minor changes since its inaugural event in 2015, but promises to bring the same hard-hitting action boxing fans love.
“The buzz that has been generated over the previous three years (makes) it one of the most talked about events in downtown Calgary and all through Airdrie,” said AOA president Adrian Pruden.
In previous years, the event had been billed as ‘Oil vs. the Law,’ but this time around, working professionals are training and learning the sport of boxing before stepping into the ring to battle it out in front of friends, families and fans.
Pruden said the reason for the change in theme was to create more of an inclusion for other work professionals, instead of shoehorning in oil and gas industry workers and members of local law enforcement.
The change has resulted in a major boost in competitors signing up to compete.
“We’ve got more participants than we have ever had,” Pruden said. “We had 42 people that started the training in January, which is a rather large amount for us.”
The increase in competitors means the event will likely have 14 or 15 matches on the card, according to Pruden.
In addition to more fighters entering the fray, sponsor support has helped boost the event’s prominence in Calgary. Approximately 70 per cent of the tickets have already been sold, and just four tables remain to be purchased.
Pruden said the event was only about half-sold at this point in 2017.
“Our sponsorship and table sales are at an all-time high for the event,” Pruden said. “We ended up selling out the event last year, but the problem was the sales typically happened in the last three days before the event.
“We should have a sellout on our hands again this year.”
As in previous years, the event will serve as a major fundraiser for three local charities in Airdrie – the Airdrie Food Bank, North Rocky View Community Links and Airdrie and District Victim Assistance Society – as well as KidSport Calgary and Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society.
The AOA announced it will also raise money this year for the CJAY 92 Kids Fund.
Individual tickets can be purchased for $100 at aoaalberta.com and table inquiries can be directed to Pruden at email@example.com
White Collar Boxing IV happens March 22 at the Palace Theatre in Calgary. Doors open for the event at 5 p.m., with matches beginning at 7 p.m.