When it comes to taking on an extreme challenge, Raheese Tempest-Mitchell is pulling no punches.

Raheese, 19, and quality co-ordinator at Progress to Excellence, is entering the boxing ring shortly – the first time in his life – to raise money for charity.

He’s taking part in a major fundraising event for Cancer Research UK as part of the Liverpool White Collar Boxing match at Liverpool Olympia on June 10. The contest is aimed at people who have no boxing background but want to experience the sport in a safe and regulated environment and, at the same time, help their favourite charity.

Raheese said: “I just wanted to try something new. I play football but, until I decided on this challenge, had never set foot in a boxing ring before.

“The training is going great though. Cardio is improving and so is my jab and my footwork is getting there.

“Everything raised from Liverpool White Collar Boxing will go to Cancer Research UK. Some of my family members are suffering from cancer and I want to raise as much money as I can to help people I care about.

Damian Burdin, chief executive at Progress to Excellence Ltd, added: “Raheese is a perfect example of our staff facing challenges outside the workplace to help others.

“Taking on something like this without any previous experience is a brave thing to do but we’re all backing him here and supporting him in this great cause.”

To support Raheese, go to https://www.justgiving.com/uwcb-raheesetempest-mitchell605992467.