Boodles Ball back with smashing set of boxers

ANY high rollers who have lost a pound or several to the bookies recently, will be interested to hear of the bashing that Balthazar Fabricius, founder of bespoke bookmaker Fitzdares, is lining himself up for at this year’s Boodles Boxing Ball. The biennial ball, held in aid of Starlight children’s foundation, has just announced the line-up for its 2013 black tie clash.

Fabricius will be squaring off against the rather beefier Arthur Landon, son of the late Tim Landon, who has lined up Barry McGuigan’s son Shane as his trainer.

Not to be out-done, The Capitalist hears Fabricius is being coached by Clay O’Shea, the man who helped Tom Hardy shape-up to play Bane in the recent Batman film.

Our betting man sportingly told The Capitalist: “Arthur is the opposite of me – younger, better-looking and he’s done it before. I know everyone thinks I’m going to get hammered, but we bookies know a thing or two about a favourite being beaten.”

Also signed up to step into the ring is Sir Richard Branson’s son-in-law, shipbroker Fred Andrewes, who will be fighting Adam Bidwell from Investec.

It is lucky that Maggie’s nightclub owner Charlie Gilkes is on the organising committee – at least there will be somewhere for the defeated boxers to have a well-earned drink afterwards.

The ball is being held at Grosvenor House Hotel on 21 September. For more information please contact: luciaroberts@boodles.com

■ The City rugby league season kicked off over the weekend at the Honourable Artillery Company’s grounds. The capital’s two professional teams went head-to-head in the annual Capital Challenge, sponsored by Nasdaq OMX, Capita and Boost. The ninth clash between the Skolars and Broncos ended in a rather one-sided 74–6 win for the Broncos. However it was the pre-match luncheon at the HAC’s banqueting hall that was the real draw of the day, with ex-England rugby player Jason Robinson (pictured) on the bill as guest speaker. The Capitalist hears that Robinson made the day for a younger generation too – presenting medals to children from a local school who were playing on the pitch beforehand.