Boxer ready for 40-hour bid to enter the Guinness Book of Records

Andy Ross getting ready foir his world record attempt of 40 hours on the punchbag at Unity Gym, Sherburn Road, Durham.
Andy Ross getting ready foir his world record attempt of 40 hours on the punchbag at Unity Gym, Sherburn Road, Durham.
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SUPER-FIT Andy Ross is planning to give Rocky a run for his money.

The 26-year-old from Seaburn, Sunderland, is gearing up for the challenge of a lifetime – pummelling a punchbag non-stop for 40 hours.

Should Andy succeed, he will enter the Guinness World Records book.

The record is held by former two-time world kickboxing champion Bernard “Swiftkick” Robinson, who set a time of 37 hours and 30 minutes.

Fighting fit Andy, who is a boxer, has already made the pages of the famous tome after doing 10,000 press-ups in nine hours in aid of charity.

Andy, who trains at Marine House in Fulwell, said: “When I broke the press-ups record I knew I could do it and I’m always looking for records I can break.

“I’ve been training really hard for this.”

As part of his mission, Andy will only be able to take breaks of two minutes every hour and his efforts will be recorded by Spark FM cameras so he can prove his worth to Guinness World Record bosses.

He will also have to have a number of witnesses and instructors on hand when he takes part in the challenge at Unity Gym, Gilesgate, Durham City, on Friday.

He will throw his first punch at 5pm on the Friday, but won’t finish until 9am on Sunday.

Andy is being supported by Borneo Bistro in Hytlon Road, Motion Car Hire in Newcastle and magazines Fighters Only and Made for Fighters.

* Anyone else wishing to sponsor Andy can contact him on 07426 431 541.