Can you help with a boxing world record bid?

January 29, 2021 | by Matt Halfpenny


A Cheshire-based England Boxing club coach hopes to set a new world record later this year in a bid to raise money for the Cardiac Risk in the Young charity (C-R-Y).

Mark Bebbington, of Northwich-based New Era Boxing, will be bidding to break the mark for the number of times pads are continuously held for boxers over the course of three-minute rounds, with the traditional one minute’s rest.

The current record stands at 360 and was set by Bradley Welsh of Holyrood Boxing, Edinburgh in 2014.

Bebbington has applied and been accepted by Guinness World Records for the right to make his attempt and has set an ambitious target of 500 rounds – which will take just over 33 hours!

It’s a good job he is well used to lengthy work-outs to raise money for charity, having run 97-mile route around the Cheshire Golden Ring canal route in less than 24 hours in September.

“It’s going to be a tough challenge, with eating, drinking, toilet breaks – the lot – having to take place during those one-minute breaks between rounds,” said Bebbington.

“I’ve had the idea of continuous pads for some time and, when I did the research, I then realised that it was an existing record of 360 rounds that I could try to beat.

“I’m working with the Weaver Valley Rotary Club, of which I am a member, as well as Maverick Stars Trust, and I hope to raise a decent amount for C-R-Y.

“They have been able to find heart screening for young people across the country and have, in many cases, been able to identify young people that require follow-up consultation. In some cases, life-saving operations have been performed.”

In order to help him complete his challenge, Mark is seeking boxers of all ages to come to the club’s gym and take part.

Boxers from of all ages and abilities are welcome and should make contact through details on the club’s website, which can be found by clicking here.

The precise date for the record attempt will be confirmed once there is a clearer picture of when the current COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted.