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Mayweather/Hopkins publicist will step into the ring in real fight for charity on Nov 16

By Kelly Swanson

After 20 years publicizing some of the top names in boxing and experiencing every aspect of those fighters’ lives outside of the ring, I have decided it is time for me to see what it is like for them inside the ring too. On Saturday, November 16, for one night and one fight only, I am going to enter the squared circle and fight my butt off for a great cause. I have signed up to be a part the Fighters 4 Life Showcase, a special night of charity fights at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, New York. The event will raise money for Gleason’s Give a Kid a Dream. The program, started in 1991, gives disadvantaged and at-risk youth the opportunity to work with a professional trainer, learn boxing and help themselves see their way to a better life.

Most importantly I am asking for your kindness and generosity by supporting Give a Kid a Dream by making a donation in my name. Use this link (http://www.crowdrise.com/KellySwanson) and click on the “Donate To This Fundraiser Button.” You are just a few steps away from lending your support to a program that has benefited New York City children for over 20 years.

Despite my longevity in the sport, I have never practiced the sweet science for exercise until recently. However for the past several months, I have been training at Gleason’s with Heather “The Heat” Hardy (an undefeated professional fighter herself) and Devon Cormack (both in photo). With brilliant instruction and a lot of patience, they have taught me basic boxing skills. Also, through the many fighters I work with and know, I have learned about hard work, dedication and perseverance. All of this I will bring into the ring with me on November 16.

Thank you so much and now I am off to get my ring outfit, boxing shoes, mouthguard, walkout music and post-fight outfit. Of course I expect to see you ringside if you are anywhere near the NYC area. And if you can’t be there, a donation would be great and your prayers too. I need all the support I can get for this one!




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