Sharon’s fight to put cancer on the ropes

Sharon Johnson picks up some boxing skills ahead of the event in York.
Sharon Johnson picks up some boxing skills ahead of the event in York.

A Pocklington woman is boxing clever to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Sharon Johnson, 45, who has undertaken a major fitness regime, will be competing at the Ultra White Collar Boxing event in York next month.

The bouts, which feature people who have never boxed before, will take place at the Barbican Centre on Saturday 14 July.

She has been training at the Francis Scaife Centre and at a boxing gym in York to get fit ahead of the event.

Sharon will be will be matched with a suitable opponent on the night and will compete over three two minute rounds.

She decided to embark on this campaign after losing her mum to cancer.

Sharon said: “I lost my mum to this awful disease two years ago and she unfortunately never had the chance to be able to fight it.

“Any donations towards Cancer Research would be greatly appreciated. Alternatively local businesses can get their logo on my kit for the bout through sponsorship.

“I am working really hard for this and am currently on an intense eight-week training programme.

“I couldn’t run around the cricket pitch when I first started but now I can go around four times without a problem.

“Each day I work on different parts of my body to get ready for the fight.

“One day its the top half and another the bottom. I am also learning the ring skills in York ahead of the big bout.”

Sharon’s personal trainer Nigel Sharp said: “We have concentrated on getting up to a good level of fitness. Working in the gym one day and the swimming pool the next day.

“Sharon has been undergoing resistance and fitness training, and replicating the boxing skills she is learning in York.

“Her attitude has been excellent and I think she will do well in front of her family and friends at the event.”

Visit Sharon’s JustGiving page at to support her fundraising efforts for Cancer Research UK.