Manchester’s business world will be gripped by fight fever as a new selection of the city’s white collar workers swap their offices for the boxing ring as the fifth and biggest Formal Fight Club event comes to the Palace Hotel on Saturday 3rd May.

In November 2013, Manchester hosted one of the most talked about fights in recent years, when professional boxer Carl Froch controversially retained his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles against George Groves. Now it’s the turn of the city’s business professionals, as they leave their day jobs behind for the evening to become first-time boxers in the biggest event of its kind in the North West.

The black tie evening will be compered by Capital Radio’s Nigel ‘Wingman’ Clucas, and will welcome a number of celebrities and familiar faces from Manchester’s social scene, raising money for Forever Manchester. Maintaining order in the ring is guest referee, Olympic Bronze boxing medallist and ex WBC super-middleweight champion, Robin Reid.

Chosen charity, Forever Manchester, will be hosting a silent auction and raffle on the night with all proceeds going back into local communities.

Launched in 2011, Formal Fight Club is now established as the premier white collar boxing organisation in the North West, and organised by the co-founder of urban fashion label Gio Goi, Chris Donnelly and his sister Tracey.

Last year’s event saw Boohoo boss, Umar Kamani, top the bill and win in style. There were also wins for magazine editor Emma Wilkinson, digital operations director Jonathan Ward, and website director Chris Greenhalgh.

Tracey Donnelly, co-organiser of the event, and ambassador of Forever Manchester says, “Chris and I have been involved in music and fashion for many years, and so we are able to bring something different to the fight nights. Formal Fight Club events have brought glamour and sparkle to the White Collar Boxing world.

“For the contenders this is the nearest to experiencing what professional boxers do for a living and for the guests an amazing evening out. We only ever set out to organise one event, and here we are four more down the line, it’s addictive! The atmosphere on the night is unlike anything else I have been involved in.”