Penarth dentist hoping for charity KO in first boxing bout
2:02pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A PENARTH dentist is hoping to take part in a charity KO - when he swaps dentures for ducking and diving in a fundraising boxing bout!
Sandeep Rupra will take part in his first official fight in mid November, but the dentist, who works at Hickman House, isn’t putting his teeth on the line for nothing.
He is raising money for one of his young patients – Sully cancer sufferer Ffion Jackon.
Ffion, 12, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in March, but she has since started fundraising for the charity, LATCH, which has been caring for her through her illness.
Sandy, as he is better known, said Ffion’s bravery was a major source of inspiration.
“She is fighting her disease with everything she has,” he said. “I wanted to help in any way I can. This is my fighting for her too.”
The Pontypridd resident has been training at the thriving amateur gym run by former Welsh and Commonwealth super-bantamweight champ Jamie Arthur, with Paul Evans from Penarth.
Sandy’s fight will be held at the Rhydyfelin facility later this year.
He is also recording a documentary called ‘My Story: Warrior’ for the community channel which is free on both Sky and Virgin Media.
“It is all about how people overcome adversity, myself and Ffion included,” he added.
To sponsor Sandy, drop into the practice on Hickman Road. Forms and a collection bucket are located on the desk in reception.