United Boxing Club invites you and your business to participate in the 2017 UBC Corporate Challenge. This year, the UBC Corporate Challenge is a fundraising initiative in support of Variety, The Children’s Charity. Participants will engage in a twelve 12-week training program under the tutelage of UBC Head Coaches Brandt Butt and Ryan Savage, both former Canadian national boxing champions. Participants will be pre-matched based on weight, abilities and commitment to the training program. Those selected and matched will compete against each other as representatives of their respective organizations on the Melee V Gala event. All funds generated from the 2017 UBC Corporate Challenge will be donated to Variety, The Children’s Charity.

The Melee Gala is one of Winnipeg’s most entertaining annual charitable events. Melee V will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the upscale Metropolitan Entertainment Centre and will feature the Corporate Challenge bouts, followed by international Olympic style boxing between Team Canada and Team USA. As in previous years, we’re going all out to make this a premium event for patrons: there will be a four course meal, professional lighting, music and video, and of course some exciting boxing competition. The Melee Gala is the closest thing to a premier Las Vegas boxing card you will find in Manitoba. Participants who wish to submit their names for the 2017 UBC Corporate Challenge must be sponsored by an active business. To the extent possible, Corporate Challenge bouts will be made with businesses in the same industry. The registration cost is $120, which includes all training costs and equipment needs for competition. This amount can be paid as a donation to the charity, with the sponsoring charity receiving a charitable tax receipt. The UBC Corporate Challenge is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will never forget. Beyond the tremendous health benefits that come with boxing training – like weight loss and better overall fitness – you will test yourself like never before and raise much needed support for Variety, the Children’s Charity.

Training Start Date

A mandatory session will be held Wednesday, June 14, and will include an overview of the 12 week training plan and fundamental boxing techniques.

Time Commitments & Training Expectations

Participants in the Corporate Challenge should anticipate training 3-4 times a week at United Boxing Club, with additional road work and training exercises on personal time. Currently, it is anticipated that training times will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.) and Sunday evenings, but this is subject to further discussion and amendment. UBC will provide participants with a detailed training plan in advance, and if necessary, participants can discuss individual modifications or adjustments to the program with United Boxing coaching staff.

Costs to Participants

Other than the registration cost noted above $120, there is no cost to participants for training or equipment, regardless of whether they are matched for, or compete on, the Melee Gala event. All participants will be required to obtain a medical (costs vary per physician) to be submitted with their Boxing Canada registration.

Charity Drive

Participants will be expected to raise funds for charity through pledge forms and other means. The funds generated by participants will be considered in determining who competes on the Melee Gala event.

“The Melee at the Met was one of the best nights of my life. The UBC Corporate Challenge was such a rewarding experience from start to finish, and on top of that the coaches at United are the best. A truly life changing experience!”

Grant White, National Bank of Canada

“I loved the experience from beginning to end! The coaches were very helpful, and the energy they brought forward was contagious. I would definitely recommend the UBC Corporate Challenge to anyone!”

Ellison Wilkinson
BF Masonry

What To Expect

Participants will work with the UBC coaching staff under the direction of former national boxing champions Ryan Savage and Brandt Butt. Weeks 1-4: the focus will be on general fitness and conditioning. During this time, participants will be taught fundamental boxing techniques and defensive strategies. By week 4, all participants must be registered with Boxing Canada to allow for technical and situational sparring*. During weeks 1-4, UBC will assess potential match ups for the show, based on commitment, weight and abilities. Weeks 5-8: the focus will be on a variety of cardio exercises, boxing drills, techniques and strategies. Focus will be placed on anaerobic conditioning, defence and explosive punching. Weeks 9-11: focus will be on competition strategies and preparation, including open sparring. Week 12 will be a “tapering down” week.

An Exceptional Marketing Opportunity for YOUR Business or Organization

Businesses who support participants in the 2017 Corporate Challenge will receive significant marketing opportunities and publicity both leading up to and at the Melee Gala event. From regular updates in social media, branded apparel, a media press conference and weigh-in (on September 6th), exposure the night of the show, and professional video and photos of your corporate challenge participants competing on the Melee Gala event, Melee V provides great opportunities to promote your business. It is also a fantastic way to generate much needed funding for Variety, the Children’s Charity!

Contact us to find out more about how your organization can be a part of Melee V!