A 24-year-old man “lucky to be alive” after surviving cancer is now training for the fight of his life.
In November 2017 doctors gave Callam Allanson the shocking cancer diagnosis, which saw him have to have surgery to remove the tumour the next month.
In February 2018, the Alldborough man was given the all-clear without having to have radiotherapy or chemotherapy – and now he wants to help others living with the disease – by taking to a boxing ring in front of his friends and family.
The fabricator plans to take part in a charity boxing match at Hull’s Bonus Arena on March 23 to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
“I’ve always wanted to give boxing a go, I’ve never done it before but I have always wanted to,” he said. “Since the cancer I haven’t done much exercise at all – I recently started running to try and get my fitness levels up before the training.
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“I have seen videos of people passing out after one round of boxing or after their first training session, I don’t want that to be me.
“It has given me something to work on – it’s a goal.”
He said he wanted to do something to help those who are living with cancer. He said: “It all happened so quickly.
“I was diagnosed with cancer in November 2017, and had an operation to have it removed a month later on December 18.
“I was cleared in February 2018, so I luckily missed out on the radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
“Having been through it, it’s a lot to deal with, and I’m very lucky.”
Callam will begin his training through the programme Ultra White Collar Boxing, which trains people with no experience and raises money for Cancer Research UK with bouts at fundraiser events.
He will undergo eight weeks of free training starting at the end of January at Modern Day Martial Arts & Fitness Centre in Scarborough Street, Hull.
Callam is challenging other people from the area to sign up with him and take part in the event together. He said: “It’s a chance to try something you might not have ever done before.
“I’m going to try my best and hopefully have fun doing it, and it’s even better being able to raise money for a good cause.
“I haven’t started raising any money yet, I’m going to start raising money once I’ve started the training – anything I can raise will be brilliant.
“My parents, Chris and Jackie, and my younger brother, Ben, will be watching the fight along with everyone else’s friends and family, so it’s going to be a great night.
“As I have had cancer and come out the other side I want to work even harder to do well – I’m really excited to do it.
“Come and have a go and see what happens, you might surprise yourself.”
Event co-ordinator Andy Mitchell said the event at Bonus Arena will be their biggest yet, with around 100 fighters taking part in bouts. He said: “The venue is a new one for us and we have two rooms next to each other, so we can have two fights going on at the same time.
“This will be one of our biggest events. We have a meeting on January 22 for people to find out what to expect throughout the training and then when it comes to the fight.
“I reckon we will have around 80 to 100 people taking part this time, who will all train at Modern Day Martial Arts in Hull. The last day to sign up for the event is January 27, because training starts the next day.
“The training is intense, but it is a great way to improve your fitness and it is an amazing experience.
Tickets for the event are available online, with standard tickets costing £25 or VIP tickets for a table of 10 costing £419.50.
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