Bethnal Green boxer’s fight to win competition cash

Ryan Pickard in the competition

Ryan Pickard in the competition - Credit: Gallagan

Representing his country is something Bethnal Green boxer Ryan Pickard is used to, but battling it out in the Moroccan desert for a 50,000 euro prize is a new challenge.

Ryan, left, with his fellow competitors

Ryan, left, with his fellow competitors - Credit: Gallagan

As the English representative in the Paco Rabanne Invictus competition, he has battled against six athletes from other nations and sporting backgrounds in a bid to be crowned champion.

“I’ve boxed for England, so I’m used to representing my country,” said Ryan, 28.

“Some countries show it on television, but over here the episodes are online.

“We’ve been filmed taking part in a variety of different sports, and the public have to vote for their favourite.”


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The 20-part series saw the seven competitors push themselves to the limits while learning new skills, and featured guest appearances from famous faces.

Ryan added: “We had to do things like a keepy-uppy challenge with Robert Pires and learn jujitsu.”

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Ryan has been involved with boxing since childhood, and plans to use his prize money to produce videos that would help to raise money for Repton Boxing Club.

“I’ve been boxing for 21 years,” he said. “My parents took me when I was seven. I’ve got three brothers and we all boxed, but I’m the only one who still does it.”

The award, in its second year, supports young sportsmen by providing them with the chance to use their talent to help a charity.

To vote for Ryan, visit pacorabanne.com/invictus by Tuesday.

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