The General Manager of the Winchester Royal Hotel has raised more than £700 for charity following a hugely successful charity boxing match on Saturday evening.

Louis Rigney stepped out of his comfort zone and into the ring at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth for a WBC Cares Charity Fight Night with money raised being donated to Julia’s House Children’s Hospice – an award-winning children’s hospice charity dedicated to bringing comfort and care to families across Dorset and Wiltshire.

After weeks of training at Steve Bendall’s Gym in Poole as part of WBC Cares White Collar Boxing Academy Poole, Louis was understandably delighted with how he performed on the night.

He said: “I’m pleased everything came together on the night. The walk to the ring the most nervous part of the whole thing – so much so that I even initially went the wrong way! But the atmosphere from the crowd – even at this level of boxing – was amazing and gave me such a buzz, so I felt pretty confident once I was in the ring.

“I won by technical knockout with a referee stoppage mid-way through the second of three rounds, so it was nice for all the hard work and dedication to pay off.”

Louis’ aim was to raise £500 for Julia’s House Children’s Hospice, but that target was exceeded way before the event, something he is very proud and humbled by: “While it was great to win the match, the most important thing was raising money for such a great charity.

“Julia’s House do fantastic work in the Dorset and Wiltshire areas for children and families who are in positions we all pray we are never in. It’s very humbling to have had such great support and I would like to thank everyone who donated and supported me from the bottom of my heart.”

This might not be the end of the road for Louis’ boxing career though, who was surprised by how much he enjoyed donning the boxing gloves.

He added: “If someone had said to me a year ago that I’d be doing this, I just wouldn’t have believed them. It really has been life changing for me. The adrenaline is like nothing I’ve experienced before – it’s very addictive. While the training was tough, it was genuinely enjoyable so a big shout out to Matty Legg and Steve Bendall, who have really helped all of us so much.

“There’s another event in November, which I’ve been asked to take part in and I don’t see how I could not accept the challenge. This whole event has given me something to really focus on. I’m much fitter and I’ve met some great people along the way. It’s sound like a cliché, but it’s been an incredible journey.”

Donations can still be made, so if you’d like to contribute to a great cause, you can do so via Louis’ JustGiving page.