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‘The Perminator’ boxes clever for Marie Curie

This summer, Perminder Devgun, Senior Associate in the Solihull Defendant team, took part in the Ralph Lewis QC Memorial Cup boxing event at Aston Villa Football Club.

White collar boxing

Dubbed ‘white collar boxing’, the contest was organised by No5 Chambers, in memory of their former head Ralph Lewis – an avid boxing fan – who sadly died of cancer in 2010. The annual event raises vital cash for Marie Curie’s Big Build Appeal for a new hospice in the West Midlands. Perminder’s equipment and training were sponsored by LD Defendant Partner Ian Davies; the charity is close to both men’s hearts, as both have lost a parent to the disease.

For Perminder (who had never boxed before in his life) the training year began back in January at Fighting Fit City Gym in Birmingham, under the tutelage of Neil Perkins, a former welterweight champion. The journey to becoming fighting fit was intense: during the first four months, Perminder trained four to five times a week in the evening and in the two months leading up to the fight, he trained every morning at 4am, on top of the evening workouts.

'The Perminator' boxes clever for Marie Curie

As well as buying tickets for the event and the traditional sponsorship route, LD staff were invited to raise funds in more unusual ways, including suggesting a name for Perminder to fight under: the winner was Peter Orton with ‘The Perminator’ – although Paul Gregory came a close second with ‘Perminder ‘The Fist’ Devgun’.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

On the night of the Memorial Cup itself in July, Perminder fought No5’s own Anthony Burgess, drawing 12-12, recovering a five point deficit and raising £350 in the process. Overall, the event raised a staggering £28,500 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Photographs from the event can be viewed on Lyons Davidson’s Facebook page.

No5 Chambers will be repeating the event next year. Any aspiring boxers looking to represent LD should contact Perminder in the first instance, at pdevgun@lyonsdavidson.co.uk.

Posted on Oct 5th, 2012 by Lyons Davidson