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Engineer from Townhill to box against former Welsh champion to help British Heart Foundation

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

Paul Owen, left, with Chris Ware, centre, and Paul's brother David. Paul is taking part in a white collar boxing event in Oceana nightclub in Swansea to raise money for British Heart Foundation Cymru.

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IT takes guts for anyone to step into a boxing ring.

And when Paul Owen goes through the ropes, he will have plenty of motivation.

The 36-year-old from Townhill is pulling on the gloves to help charity British Heart Foundation, following the support they gave to his brother, David, who has undergone three open-heart operations.

And crunch day comes tomorrow when Paul, who works with adults with learning difficulties, will be taking part in the White Collar Boxing event at Oceana nightclub, when he takes on former Welsh amateur champion Dai Jenkins, aged 48, who also hails from Townhill.

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Paul said: "Seeing what my brother has been through over the last few months has really spurred me on to raise money for BHF Cymru.

"They have been a huge part in ensuring I still have David to share the good times with.

"It's a small price to pay for everything that the charity has done."

Event organiser Chris Ware from Funky Pump Fitness, said a percentage from each ticket sale will go to the BHF

He added: "It's going to be a great night, the boxers have worked hard for months and it all comes down to just six minutes in the ring.

"The previous shows have been really successful and hopefully we'll raise a good amount for the charity."

David Owen, who works as an engineer, is also planning his own fundraising event for BHF Cymru in September, when he will be walking from Cardiff City Stadium to the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.

He said "I would like to thank my brother Paul and event organiser Chris Ware from Funkypump fitness for their help and support."

A BHF spokesman said the funds would go towards their Mending Broken Hearts appeal.


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