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30.05.02

SPORT RELIEF


Les Dennis and Bob Mortimer Weigh-in For Sport Relief

Les "The Blond Bomber" Dennis weighed in at 12st 10 lb, whilst his opponent Bob "The Woodpecker" Mortimer tipped the scales at 10st 11lb when the pair took part in a pre-boxing match weigh-in for Sport Relief - the new fundraising extravaganza from Comic Relief and the BBC.

The two sparring partners will be taking part in a three round comedy charity boxing bout, being encouraged from their corners by Amanda Holden and Vic Reeves. This will be transmitted on BBC ONE on 13 July as one of the highlights of Sport Relief.

Clad in boxing gear and sporting the new Sport Relief medal, the two comedians stepped up today on the scales under the supervision of Alan Lacey, from the International White Collar Boxing Association.

Les and Bob have used the opportunity as a great incentive to get fit. Bob Mortimer has been training under Barry McGuigan, who is also his mentor, at a gym in Faversham and Les Dennis has attended the legendary Kronk Gym under the eagle eye of Jim Macdonnell. Les' mentor is Frank Bruno.

Although the fight is very light-hearted all safety steps have been taken - both competitors will box with maximum protection - gloves, headgear and protectors. Dr Sandra Scott, the bout's official medical advisor, has been making sure the pair shape up.

Film crews have followed both competitors through their training and both Les and Bob will be making video diaries of their efforts which will be shown as part of Sport Relief.

For ideas on how to raise money for Sport Relief call 09068 101010 (calls will cost no more than £1.50 which covers printing, postage and packing) for a copy of the Sport Relief fundraising pack.

Notes to Editors

The ultimate accessory for any Sport Relief fundraising event this summer is the spectacular Sport Relief Gold Medal. With five times Olympian Steve Redgrave on one side and the Sport Relief logo on the other, the Gold Medal is designed to make everyone a winner. Available, from Monday 10 June at Foot locker, Oxfam, Pizza Hut, The Body Shop, www.sportrelief.com and BBC Stores for a mere £1.50 with at least 75p going to Sport Relief. To pre-order the medal, visit the website.

Sport Relief is a fundraising campaign from Comic Relief and BBC Sport. It aims to unite the world of sport to raise money for vulnerable children and young people here at home and across the world by inspiring the whole of the UK to get active during this year’s great summer of sport. The campaign will run up to Saturday 13 July and culminate in a block busting night on BBC ONE of sport, celebrities, entertainment and fundraising.

For more information about Sport Relief visit www.bbc.co.uk/sportrelief



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