Upcoming Event: Aprons for Gloves Presents Restaurant Rumble
Blood, sweat and tears will reign down on a small pocket of the city of Vancouver on Wednesday, July 25, when a group of menacing men and women trade in their sullied aprons for boxing gloves. From bartenders, servers, and baristas to butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers (ok, not really), 24 contenders (whittled down from 63 entrants) will spar at Restaurant Rumble, an Aprons for Gloves fundraiser.
The Aprons for Gloves Boxing Association was founded in early 2012 when doors closed at a local boxing gym in the poverty stricken downtown eastside area. Dozens of underprivileged and troubled youth suddenly found themselves without mentors, both in life and in the ring. Restaurant Rumble will raise funds to open a new gym and purchase equipment for a non-profit boxing program, providing kids with the opportunity to get off the streets and become the next Muhammad Ali.
The past few months have seen hopeful participants from such acclaimed establishments as Boneta, The Keefer Bar and L’Abattoir undergo a grueling training process to harden them for the punishment they will endure under harsh lights and in front of their cheering patrons. The ring girls surely will not be the only knockouts in the ring on fight night when heads eat fists and teeth bounce on the mat.
Who will make it out alive? Who will prove themselves as so mean they make medicine sick? Follow the contenders’ progress at apronsforgloves.com and watch them on July 25 at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in Vancouver.