Boxing reality show seeks contestants in Dubai

New reality show named White Collar DXB is looking to make boxers out of amateurs
By Leah Simpson
Tue 07 Jul 2015 02:22 PM

Ever fancied yourself as the next Rocky Balbao? Well, now it seems the dream may not be as far-fetched as you thought.

Dubai residents have been asked to participate in a brand new reality TV show.

White Collar Dubai will air on OSN Sports HD in September and will show how white collar workers in the emirate can become boxing champions.

The documentary-style programme will be delivered in six parts and two gyms in the city will be fighting against each other in teams.

Additionally there will be challenges and showdowns to keep audiences entertained.

This programme isn’t only for fans of UFC though, apparently it’s a good lesson in staying healthy both physically and mentally, as well as inspiring others.

"We want White Collar DXB to help people find a healthy work life balance, amid the chaos of Dubai living," Series Director, and co-founder of Nomad Productions, Phil Griffiths, commented.

"Contestants could be aiming to lose a significant amount of weight, or to find a way to deal with the stress of their job; to inspire their children to stay healthy or to prove to their colleagues that they are made of stronger stuff than they suspect."

And it’s not just men who mirror the physique of Mike Tyson that the producers want – you can be from any background and it’s not bound to a specific gender. In fact they specifically ask that the contestants have no boxing experience.

The show’s producer, Gemma Wale explained how they "want the full variety of Dubai’s eclectic mix of people and cultures. From hairdressers to bankers, stewardesses to CEOs".

Tryouts take places July 31 and August 1 and you can email the programme on WhiteCollarDXB@nomadmediatv.com if you’re seriously interested.

Representing the Read Team, Ahmed Abdumagied Seddiqi, Manager of Round10 Gym, said: "It’s great that a show like this is increasing the appeal of boxing at an amateur level. It’s important that people know it’s not just about getting in the ring, it’s about discipline, technique, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle."

KO Gym manager, and the Blue Team’s head coach, Zack Taumafai, predicted that it’s going to be an emotional ride.

He said: "One thing is for sure. The show is not going to be for the faint-hearted. There’s going to be sweat, tears and every emotion under the sun. I know that these contestants are going to be shocked at what they can push their own bodies to achieve."

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