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Lily Fight Night packs a punch to raise over £18,000

Events Fundraising

4 May 2023

There’s always a sense of anticipation leading up to Lily Fight Night, and this year was no different. Over 350 spectators packed into The Clapham Grand, eager to watch our fundraising fighters, with many more tuning in to enjoy the action via our YouTube live stream. And the evening certainly lived up to expectations!

The boxing ring at the Clapham Grand for the Lily fight night Lily CEO Liz addresses the crowd in the ring Two boxers in Lily vests throwing punches at one another Two boxers fighting in the ring with the referee behind Two boxers square up at Lily fight night while the referee watches Two Lily boxers squaring up with a large Lily banner in the background A lady in a Lily vest with her arms up doing her ring walk Crowds of spectators on the balcony cheering on the boxers at fight night A woman throws a punch at another boxer The referee stands between two boxers and holds up the winner's arm Two Lily boxers throwing punches at each other in the ring Two Lily boxers at the Clapham Grand fighting in the ring Commentators sit on the sidelines with microphones at the Lily Fight Night The referee speaks to two women boxers in the ring Two boxers, one with blood around his mouth, hug in the ring One Lily boxer throwing a punch at the other at the Clapham Grand A Lily boxer throws a punch while his opponent ducks away

Journalist and TV presenter Adam Leventhal hosted the evening with his usual boundless energy and enthusiasm, introducing a total of 11 fights – that’s an incredible 22 boxers fighting the good fight against each other and mitochondrial disease. Between them, they’d already raised over £10,000 before even stepping into the ring, an amazing effort all round.

But before a punch was thrown, The Lily Foundation’s CEO Liz reminded everyone why they were there – to find a cure for mitochondrial disease, to raise awareness of the disease, and to improve the lives of those affected. After thanking everyone involved in making the event happen, she shared some staggering statistics about what the charity has achieved in the last 15 years, before showing a short film featuring the story of brave mito warrior Bal and her experience of banking her voice.

Sky Sports commentator Andy Clarke and former super middleweight world champion George Groves were ringside to talk us through the action, while legendary referee Kenny Curtis was in charge inside the ring, starting the night with some sound advice for the fighters: “As long as they give it their all they’ll enjoy it, win or lose.” Wise words indeed.

There was an exceptional standard of fighting throughout the evening, and a huge thank you goes out to all our brave boxers for putting their bodies and beautiful faces on the line in the fight against mitochondrial disease.

Special thanks

A lot of people work incredibly hard and donate their time and expertise to make Lily Fight Night happen. We’d like to say a special thanks to: 

  • Barry O'Connell and team at State of Mind Fitness for coaching and ringside support
  • The team at The Clapham Grand
  • James Templeman for setting up our live stream
  • Jason Warner at Fyrefly Studios for the photography
  • Dr Matt Cherko and the paramedics at Ambulance Transfer Ltd
  • Kenny Curtis for his expert refereeing (in spite of that draw!)
  • Host Adam Leventhal
  • Commentators Andy Clarke and George Groves

We know our fighters were calling out friends and family to get involved next year (you know who you are!), so if you were watching and found yourself wanting to get in the ring, now’s your chance! We’re already asking people to register their interest to take part next year, so if you fancy getting fit, having fun and taking a swing at mitochondrial disease, sign up now.

See our work in action

Being diagnosed with mitochondrial disease can be not only a frightening and upsetting time, but it can also be very lonely. Because mito is so rare, sometimes friends and family just don’t understand, so it’s hard to find people who are in the same situation to talk to, to share hopes and fears with, and find support.

That’s why The Lily Foundation exists.

Watch PhD student Bal’s story about her mitochondrial disease diagnosis, and how The Lily Foundation helped to give her a voice.