An Erith gym held a night of white collar boxing to raise money for the four-year-old daughter of a young father who died suddenly last month.
Nemesis Gym raised £400 for the Tommy’s Little Princess fund in aid of Aimee Main.
Tommy was a member at Nemesis at Erith Riverside Shopping Centre but didn’t box, while father Mick and elder brothers John and Roy have fought there.
All three were there to watch 16 white collar fights on July 19, in which relative boxing novices with only a few weeks training took to the ring in bouts of three two minute rounds.
Receptionist Andrea Narty, 42, told News Shopper: "It was our owner Michael Tekyi’s suggestion to raise funds for his little girl because she’s just a baby really.
"It's a difficult time for everybody.
"One gentleman, Terry Hodges, was training to fight and when the terrible tragedy happened he quit and said he didn’t have the heart for it.
"The he decided he was going to fight and with only a week’s worth of training he had everybody cheering and united.
The balloon release was poignant for friends and family of Tommy Main.
"He didn’t win but he tried."
The 43-year-old was one of more than 200 people who turned out across two days, which included a barbecue and fun day on July 20 featuring a children’s balloon release at Riverside Gardens in Erith High Street.
Andrea said: "I think it was very successful. The balloon launch was very poignant.
"The children themselves were just happy to release balloons but for the adults it was more symbolic.
"I competed in the boxing as well and though I lost I had so much fun and it was an unbelievable experience."
Tommy suffered a cardiac arrest after reportedly taking part in a ‘Punch4Punch’ game, but this has been denied by the Main family.
A 20-year-old man is on bail until late September after being arrested on suspicion of murder.
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