Bartender Boxing at Sydney Bar Week
Sunday, 4th September
8pm – 11pm
Home Nightclub, Sydney
CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS! *$5 dollars of each ticket sold will be donated directly to the Black Dog Institute. With purchasing a ticket not only will you receive entry to one of the hottest Sydney Bar Week events, but you will automatically receive a raffle ticket on the night where there are some amazing prizes to be won.
If you’ve been following the BBO instagram page over the last couple of months, you will have seen some familiar bar industry faces sweating it out in the gym, learning the art of the uppercut, bouncing around on their toes, and figuring out how to score maximum points with each punch.
Bartender Boxing focusses on taking everyday industry men and women – who have no boxing experience – and placing them on a seriously tough mental and physical trajectory over 12-weeks, to a Combat Sports Authority of NSW sanctioned bout, where you get to experience their hard work on stage.
So who are the faces that have been sweating it out in the gym. The 2022 line-up features:
- Charlotte Belvisotti, The Wedge
- Brittany Rowe, Restaurant Hubert
- Lyndsay Shearer, Hickson House Distilling Co.
- Martin Hudak, Maybe Sammy
- Jared Merlino, Merlino & Co.
- Kelham Waterfield, Hickson House Distilling Co.
- James Irvine, Eileen’s Bar
- Lee Potter Cavanagh, Rosenbaum & Fuller
- Thomas Joseph, Brix
- Braden Becada, The Baxter Inn
- Dante Davies, Jolene’s
- Matthew Harland, About Time
- Connor Barkley, The Lobo
- Dula Lorensuhewa, Employees Only
Mark Tarrant, Director of Operations is excited to bring BBO back saying: “After an incredible first showing in Australia at Sydney Bar Week in 2019, we’ve stayed committed, and in our third attempt since, are so stoked to be halfway through training with our 2021/22 BBO Sydney team – as we edge closer to another headline event on Sunday September 4th.”
Founded by industry icon Raj Nagra, US based non-profit Bartender Boxing Org. is now in its 6th year. We’ve helped hundreds of industry people reshape their lives and discover a better, more balanced existence through boxing.
Bartender Boxing focusses on taking everyday industry men and women – who have no boxing experience – and placing them on a seriously tough mental and physical trajectory over 12-weeks, to a Combat Sports Authority of NSW sanctioned bout, where you get to experience their hard work on stage. Needless to say; there is no other advocacy health initiative as life-changing, effective in promoting personal change, or entertaining.
The programs don’t work without the will and commitment of our amateur athletes. What you get to experience on Sunday September 4th, it the output of our bartender boxers showing up at the boxing gym 3-days a week (every week) to learn the fundamentals of pugilism, performing countless repetition in conditioning exercises, sparring sessions, road work, shadowboxing, sit-ups, burpees etc.
Strict diet plans, weekly weigh-ins, teamwork, camaraderie, commitment, and mental fortitude are fundamental to performing in Bartender Boxing. For it is no small feat in getting on stage under the bright lights and putting it all on the line in front of friends and family. The excitement is palpable, the entertainment prescribed. Are you excited yet?
Follow the team @bartenderboxing and support their journey to fight night. We are a platform that is about accountability, commitment, and cause. In Australia we partner with the Blackdog Institute, an initiative close to our hearts. Proceeds from ticket sales and programming will be donated to excellent work of this incredible charity.
In the immortal words of one of the greatest boxing coaches of all time, Cus D’Amato, and words to live by: ‘To see a person beaten not by a better opponent but by themselves, is a tragedy’.
Aside from the athletes, we couldn’t do what we do without our brand partners, who align with our work in benefitting our great industry.
Ned Whisky and Grainshaker Vodka stepped up in 2021 as our primary brand partners in bringing Bartender Boxing back to Sydney and have shown an incredible commitment during COVID to better industry health through virtual training, and bringing BBO back in 2022. We are grateful for their continued support of our organization.
As always, we are proud to have Bartender Magazine as our official media partner.
And it is with great thanks to our tasty secondary brand partners in 2022: Hickson Rd gin, Crawley’s Bartender Syrups, and Fever-Tree, who will further support a great event at Sydney Bar Week.
This event is part of the 5-day Sydney Bar Week line-up (3-7 September). Make sure you sign up to the newsletter at sydneybarweek.com.au and stay up-to-date with all Sydney Bar Week & Bar Awards news.
It’s on track to be a great year. To discuss sponsorship for Sydney Bar Week visit www.sydneybarweek.com.au