Ex-Boks to fight for Holland

2013-05-14 13:30

Cape Town - Two former Springbok rugby players, Bolla Conradie and Conrad Jantjes, will try their hand at boxing later this month when they take part in a charity event in Dubai.

The “Fighting Chance” event will be held at Dubai Sports City on May 24, and will see an amateur black-tie fight night between former sports stars from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

Conradie and Jantjes will get in the ring in an effort to raise awareness and funds for BackOnYourBike, a fund which raises money for injured South African triathlete and Ironman Richard Holland.

Holland remains in a “locked-in” state seven months after being hit by a car in Dubai.

The 30-year-old was training for an Ironman event when he was struck by a car and sustained multiple life threatening injuries, the worst being a severe brain stem injury, which has left him unable to move or communicate.

He is being treated at the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre in Mitchells Plain. His family set up an independent fund,, in an effort to raise funds for his lifetime recovery.

After 14 weeks of intensive training, various sport personalities will enter the boxing ring to determine which hemisphere is best. 

The co-main event includes a battle between former Wales fullback Shane Williams and Conradie, while former England cricketer turned mixed martial artist, Adam Hollioake, will fight ex-All Black flyhalf Carlos Spencer.

Schedule of events:

May 22: Training session open to Public
May 23: Pre Event Long Lunch & Fighters Weigh In
May 24: Fighting Chance main event, Dubai Sports City

International card:

Epi Taione (Tonga) v Lee Radford (Great Britain)
Shane Byrne (Ireland) v Brian Lima (Samoa)
Sean Long (England) v Conrad Jantjes (RSA)
Non Evans (Wales) v Avril Mathie (Australia/Swiss)

Co-main event:

Bolla Conradie (RSA) v Shane Williams (Wales)
Adam Hollioake (England) v Carlos Spencer (NZ)


  • Corné Swart - 2013-05-14 13:50

    Hahahahahhaha - This should be interesting!

  • Brett Rheeder - 2013-05-14 14:33

    What an awesome charity for such a great guy.

  • Sean Otto - 2013-05-14 14:38

    Wonder if it's going to be on telly ?

      Pippa Holland - 2013-05-15 01:11

      Hi Sean it will but not sure about in SAfrica. Check the Fighting Chance facebook for updates on that.

  • Marco Ferreira - 2013-05-14 21:01

    Great idea. Well done all of you

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