Exclusive: Actor Jake Wood talks celebrity boxing venture, Danny Dyer offer and Rio Ferdinand

Joe Hewlett 23/09/2017

The sport of boxing meets the celebrity circle as ex-athletes, musicians and reality personalities merge together for an unforgettable night.

MC Harvey and Wayne Bridge lead the line-up for ‘Boxing with the Stars,’ an event created by ex-pro Spencer Oliver and EastEnders favourite Jake Wood.

The event takes place on October 13 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

Wood, who portrays the character of Max Branning in the Walford soap, has promised a fun-filled night alongside some well-known faces attending on the night.

“People love a tear up, when you see famous people punching each other, it’s even better,” Wood exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Tickets are three quarters of the way sold, the atmosphere is going to be about 600 people, we’ve got a DJ on until 3AM, we have a three-course meal and sponsorships are still available if anyone wants to support Isobel Hospice.

“It’s not just the entertainment, it’s the whole atmosphere on the night, it’s unique and anyone that is going is guaranteed a great night.

“Adam Smith and Johnny Nelson always commentate, obviously Spencer is well loved within the sport with what he does. People can see what we’re doing it, I’m surprised no one has done it before, we’re enjoying it,” he added.

Tickets are already on sale for the event. Please email boxingwiththestars@outlook.com to purchase.

Isobel Hospice is close to both Wood’s and Oliver’s hearts and all proceedings will be donated to the charity.

Wood, himself, experienced what life was all about in the ring as he traded ‘The Queen Vic’ for the ring, tasting the canvas before climbing back up to gain a draw.

One man who the Londoner very much doubts he can persuade for series two of Boxing with the Stars is fellow colleague and friend Danny Dyer.

He said: “When you’re signed to a contract you’re not allowed to do any contact sports, skiing or paragliding that puts you in danger and boxings on that list. When I had my year off, it was on my wish list.

“I know he’s (Dyer) a huge boxing fan, I’ve been to a lot of the boxing matches with him but I’m not sure whether Danny would step into it. I’ve talked to Danny before and I think he said he’d definitely not do it.

“I remember talking to Kevin Mitchell and he was saying to me every time he stepped in the ring he was terrified so it sorts of puts it into prospective. It’s a bit of a leveller.”

Eyebrows were raised during the week as ex-footballer Rio Ferdinand announced his intentions to become a professional boxer.

If the former Manchester United legend is looking for some first-hand experience then he has an open invitation from Wood.

“If Rio wants to come and fight for us then he knows where we are, give us a shout and we’ll put you on top of the bill,” Wood laughed.

“If he wants to come and have a tear up he’s more than welcome. You gotta give respect to anyone who steps in the ring because it takes a brave person to go from watching it to doing.

“It’s a completely different thing,” he concluded.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95