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BCoT principal completes fighting marathon for charity
A BASINGSTOKE college principal proved that he’s the man for the job when the going gets tough as he fought non-stop for two hours to raise money for charity.
Anthony Bravo took part in the Phoenix School of Martial Arts sponsored fighting tournament in Croydon, during which he completed 121 one-minute kickboxing rounds.
The principal at Basingstoke College of Technology, in Worting Road, raised an impressive £1,000 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity to go towards building a ward for teenagers.
Mr Bravo is a member of Phoenix Martial Arts, which meets at Viables, and he began fighting in the 1990s.
He was champion of the National Association of Kickboxing in 1995, 1996 and 1997, as well as national karate champion in 1996.
The 50-year-old said: “I went and joined in a class and I got addicted. It keeps me fit.”
He admitted to being nervous before the charity challenge, and said: “I thought ‘anything can happen.’ People can go mad and I don’t train as much as I used to. But all the nerves disappeared and it was just like old times – it was absolutely brilliant.”
A total of £30,000 was raised on the day, adding to the £200,000 total generated by the schools.
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