Raging Buttons: Panto star shows tougher side during amateur boxing bout

Panto fans will know him as the lovable, cuddly Buttons, but Andy Collins showed crowds a rather meaner side as he floored a local delivery driver during a heated boxing fight.

The comedian, who sported sparkly black and red shorts and boots sprinkled with glitter, was supported by star-studded friends, including Family Fortunes presenter Vernon Kay, comedian Joe Pasquale and cricket legend Phil Tufnell.

Train Like  A Pro White Collar Boxing - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - Mark Baldwin v Andy Collins PNL-140911-162024009

Train Like A Pro White Collar Boxing - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - Mark Baldwin v Andy Collins PNL-140911-162024009

He was among 32 people taking part in Train Like A Pro, a white collar boxing event at the Guttmann Stadium which is aimed at those who are complete amateurs and have never stepped into a boxing ring before.

Pegasus gym owner Steve Cook organised the event, which saw competitors train for 10 weeks before stepping into the ring.

Mr Cook said: “It was an amazing evening, it was perfect.

“Andy sold 90 of the seats in the VIP area, so he had a lot of support, as well as loads more community support because everyone knows him from the pantomimes.”

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Train Like A Pro White Collar Boxing - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - Mark Baldwin v Andy Collins PNL-140911-161121009

Collins fought and won three rounds of one and a half minutes against Mark Baldwin, a delivery driver for a fencing company in Thame.

Other competitors taking part included Paul Saw, manager of the Pandora store in Aylesbury, Sirtaj Rahmen, a security guard for Friars Square and 32-year-old mum of two Hannah Martinig.

They were all trained by professional coaches at Pegasus gym in Rabans Lane, Aylesbury and through seeking sponsorship they all helped to raise £4,000 for the Stoke Mandeville Hospital special care baby unit.

If amateur boxing appeals to you and you would like to take part in the next Train Like A Pro, training will start on January 18 next year with the fight scheduled for April 4.

Showcase for this years panto Sleeping Beauty at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre - pictured is star Andy Collins ENGPNL00120130722104949

Showcase for this years panto Sleeping Beauty at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre - pictured is star Andy Collins ENGPNL00120130722104949

You can register at Pegasus gym any evening Monday to Friday from 5-10pm.

The cost is £240 to cover the 10 weeks of training, a medical and a licence.

Competitors receive two training sessions a week at the gym and a training plan.

You can watch Andy’s thrilling fight above. To view highlights from the other exciting fights and interviews with star guests Vernon Kay, Joe Pasquale and Phil Tufnell click here.

Train Like  A Pro White Collar Boxing - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - Mark Baldwin v Andy Collins PNL-140911-161859009

Train Like A Pro White Collar Boxing - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - Mark Baldwin v Andy Collins PNL-140911-161859009

Train Like  A Pro White Collar Boxing - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - Andy Collins is congraulated on his win PNL-140911-160732009

Train Like A Pro White Collar Boxing - held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - Andy Collins is congraulated on his win PNL-140911-160732009