SBC Charity Boxing To Raise Funds For Oliver’s Wish Foundation

In partnership with the Oliver’s Wish Foundation, the first SBC Charity Boxing Championship will see some of the biggest names in the gaming industry go toe-toe in the ring to raise thousands of pounds for good causes.

This unique black tie event, supported by the generous headline sponsors NetEnt and Red Tiger, will take place at the Hilton Park Lane, London’s Grand Ballroom on 3 April 2020. Tables and individual tickets are available now, but are quick to sell.

Over 500 guests will be treated to a champagne reception, gala dinner, celebrity hosts and entertainment, but the night’s most eagerly anticipated event is the boxing ring action.

As they lace up the gloves and exchange blows to collect some much-needed funds for three charities funded by Oliver’s Wish Foundation, twelve familiar faces will turn from gaming industry executives into ring kings.

The card features six three-round bouts, evenly matched:

  • Leon Thomas (Managing Director, Microgaming) v Nick Wright (Head of Group Business Development, Gamesys)
  • Mark Woollard (Director, Pragmatic Solutions) v Bryan Blake (CEO & Founder, Hexopay)
  • Sergey Portnov (CEO, Parimatch) v Luke Cousins (iGaming Advisor, Koneksi)
  • Michael Brady (Founder, Bede Gaming) v Tony Plaskow (Commercial Director, Black Cow Technology)
  • Brandon Walker (Development Manager, Amelco) v Jan Urbanec (CEO, Endorphina)
  • Daniel Beard (Partner, Partis Solutions) v Vasilije Lekovic (Director of Gaming, Trustly)

The Oliver’s Wish Foundation was founded in memory of Oliver Dowling who died tragically in his autumn 2015 sleep. It raises funds for a variety of charities which focus on supporting children and youth.

SBC Charity Boxing Championship money raised by the gaming industry will be distributed to SUDC UK, The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Sparks.

One boxer and driving force behind the Championship, Daniel Beard said: “Oliver’s Wish Foundation is a cause close to my heart and I wanted to do something special and innovative to help it raise funds.

“I thought about training for a white collar boxing fight and getting sponsored to take part, but once I’d mentioned it to a few friends in the gaming industry, it was clear that lots of people wanted to get involved and the idea for the Championship was born.

“The generosity of the industry has been staggering, with people and companies contributing through their time to help organise the event, by getting into the ring to fight, by sponsoring the Championship or by buying tickets. Between them, they will raise a fantastic sum for three very important charities.”

Rasmus Sojmark, chief executive of SBC, said: “We are delighted to support such a great cause by helping to organise the Championship, which promises to be one of the most memorable events of 2020.

“It’s no surprise to me to see that the gaming industry community has been quick to back Oliver’s Wish Foundation with both their time and money, and I want to thank everyone involved for their generosity.”

In addition to headline sponsors NetEnt and Red Tiger, SBC Charity Boxing Championship-supporting companies include: Blueprint Gaming, Push Gaming, iSoftbet, Roxor Gaming, White Hat Gaming, Ezugi, Microgaming, Hexopay, SBTech, Gamesys, Trustly, Akur Partners, RISQ, Swintt, Onload Media, Receptional, Rokker, Calvin Ayre, Square in the Air, Bede Gaming, Black Cow Technology, Argyll Entertainment and Arubex.