Going Out: OSN Sports to broadcast boxing reality show

Denzil Pinto 15:21 18/07/2015
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Line up: Only 50 enthusiasts will be selected for the trials.

If you ever wanted to experience what life is as a boxer, you can now step into the ring for a new reality TV show.

OSN Sports will broadcast White Collar DXB in September and creators Nomad Productions are inviting Dubai residents, aged 18 and over, to take part in the series and show how white collar workers can become boxing champions.

Participants will get to test their boundaries with gruelling challenges.

They are looking for applicants from all walks of life, with the only essential being that you must have no previous boxing experience. Registrations close this Thursday.

Nomad Productions have received hundreds of applications and only 50 will be selected for the trials on July 31 and August 1 at Dubai’s Round 10 Gym and KO Gym. 

The final 50 will go through a series of tests to see who has the potential to become one of the 12 White Collar DXB contestants. 

The show will pit two of Dubai’s top boxing gyms (Round 10 Gym and KO Gym) against each other. Each training a team of six white collar workers, the competition is set to be as fierce as it will be ent-ertaining; through weekly team challenges, boxing showdowns as well as the inaugural fight night.

Series director, and co-founder of Nomad Productions, Phil Griffiths, said: “We want White Collar DXB to help people find a healthy work life balance. 

“Contestants could be aiming to lose a significant amount of weight or to find a way to deal with the stress of their day-to-day life; to inspire their children to stay healthy or to prove to their colleagues that they are made of stronger stuff than they suspect.” 

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The show’s producer, Gemma Wale, added: “From hairdressers to bankers, stewardesses to CEOs, male or female, if you’re keen to see what you’re really made of, then you’re type of person we want to hear from.”

Chris Miller, who will be the conditioning mentor said: “We’re not looking for the strongest, the fastest or the best boxers. We are looking for individuals with a genuine motivation to use the show to improve their health, and indeed themselves.

"Those chosen will see a complete transformation, not just in their physique but in their mental outlook too.”

Ahmed Abdumagied Seddiqi, manager of Round 10 Gym representing the Red team, said: “It’s great that a show like this is increasing the appeal of boxing at an amateur level. It’s important that people know it’s not just about getting in the ring, it’s about discipline, technique and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

And Zack Taumafai, KO Gym manager and Blue team’s head coach, added: “One thing is for sure. The show is not going to be for the faint-hearted. 

“There’s going to be sweat, tears and every emotion under the sun. I know that these contestants are going to be shocked at what they can push their own bodies to achieve.” If you want to enter, email [email protected] for an application form.

What: White Collar DXB application and trials.
Where: Trials take place at Round 10 Gym, Al Quoz, Dubai on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug-ust 1 at KO Gym, Dubai Marina. Participants must fill the application form before Thursday, July 23 as show producers will shortlist the 50 for trials.
When: Trials on July 31 and Saturday August 1, from 09:00
Contact: To enter email [email protected].

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