Richie’s double glove auction for charity
Richie Woodhall is hoping to deliver a double whammy to cancer with his latest auction, which will raise money for not one but two cancer charities.
The Telford boxing hero will be auctioning off two matching gloves for his next auction; one signed by world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, the other by former England captain Rio Ferdinand, who recently began boxing training at the age of 39.
Former super-middleweight boxing champion Richie, who lives in Telford, will be auctioning the gloves as two separate lots at Halls auctioneers in Shrewsbury next month.
All proceeds from the Joshua glove will go to the Shropshire Prostate Cancer Support Group, while the money from Ferdinand glove will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Richie has raised thousands of pounds for cancer charities through a series of fundraising auctions in memory of his father Len, who died from prostate cancer in 2015.
He said he was delighted to be able to help two charities at once this time, and said both sportsmen were right behind them.
“Prostate cancer is particularly close to my heart, because that is what my dad died from, and it means a lot to be able to help other people with the condition,” he said.
“Both Rio and Anthony are very supportive of what we are doing, they’re right behind it.”
He said the auction, at Halls headquarters in Bowmen Way, Battlefield, on April 4, was perfectly timed as it would come just after Joshua’s unifying fight with Joseph Parker.
The fight, on March 31, will see Joshua laying his IBF, WBA (Super) and IBO world heavyweight titles on the line, while victory will see him add Parker’s WBO title to his collection.
Richie added that Ferdinand was expected to find out whether he had been granted his professional boxing licence within the next few weeks.
The auction will start at 10am, but the items can be viewed the day before.
If you can’t make the auction in person it is possible to either bid online, or lodge a maximum bid with the auctioneer. To bid online, you will need to register on the-saleroom.com/halls before the start of the auction. To place a maximum bid with the auctioneer, call 01743 450700.