'˜Rocky' inspired Leeds teacher is boxing clever to fight cancer

A TEACHER at a west Leeds school will be getting in the ring next month in a bid to raise cash and help fight cancer.

Robert Potts, 40, (pictured) who works at Fulneck School, Pudsey, is fulfilling a life-long ambition by learning to box and taking part in a charity boxing match being staged in a sports stadium cheered on by a capacity crowd.

The head of student development is one of a number of contenders taking part in a charity fight night event at Bradford City’s Valley Parade ground on Saturday, June 4, with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.

Mr Potts has already raised more than £1,000 in sponsorship and hopes to reach £2,000.

He said: “Teachers are notorious for urging their students to get out of their comfort zone and try new things, so I thought I should practice what I preach.

“Ever since I saw the film ‘Rocky’ at the age of seven, I have carried the unfulfilled dream of wanting to learn to box. This charity boxing match is helping me fulfil a lifelong ambition whilst raising money for a fantastic cause.

“Over the last few months I have been training very hard for what will probably be my first and last time in a boxing ring.” Go to www.justgiving.com/uwcb-robertpotts52413591