Top city chef Glynn Purnell cooked up a storm in the boxing ring when he took part in a charity fundraising.
Mr Purnell took part in three bruising rounds against Wayne Evans at the Holiday Inn, with former world middle and super-middleweight champ Steve Collins refereeing the clash. The event raised almost £19,000 for bone cancer victim James Freeman, a Birmingham 22-year-old who needs cash for life-prolonging treatment in Germany.
Mr Purnell – who runs acclaimed city eatery Purnell’s – didn’t emerge unscathed from his titanic tussle with Evans, the chef’s trainer at the Jewellery Quarter’s BoxFit gym.
He said: “My nose resembles a plum tomato, but I made sure I reciprocated.
“They raised my hand, but I think it was more of a gesture. It was a good scrap. We have a motto in the gym, ‘train hard, fight easy’ and it paid dividends. Because Wayne’s my trainer, it was master versus student, which was brilliant.
“It was a great fight, especially the third round. We both really went for it.”
Mr Purnell, who weighs 14 stone, is no stranger to the sport. The 39-year-old’s taken part in three “white collar” bouts – winning two – and has a kick-boxing background. He also sponsors a boxing gym in his native Chelmsley Wood, WBC Fight Club run by Paul Webb.
The sell-out Holiday Inn battle was dubbed “Fighting for James” and featured eight contests.
Father-of-one James has had his right leg amputated and endured 12 months of intense chemotherapy. He needs £50,000 for treatment abroad. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/yimby/fightingforjames