Tate And Art Of Boxing

Tate Modern is to be transformed into a boxing ring for a one-off spectacular involving more than 100 amateur fighters. Humberto Vélez, the Panamanian artist behind the project, admits he is not sure it counts as art. But The Fight is set to bring hundreds of new visitors into the gallery when it culminates in an evening of displays, dance and music on Saturday 21 July. Vélez, 42, has been working with three amateur boxing clubs - Fitzroy Lodge, Fisher Downside and Lynn Athletic - from Southwark. They will present six non-competitive displays of fighting skills to a rap specially composed by MC Mic Assassin with choreography from dance company Flawless. Vélez specialises in working with local communities and their traditions. Boxing has a long history in Southwark where it is a thriving sport. The artist said the response from local fighters had been "absolutely wonderful". A Tate Modern spokeswoman said: "The event is supported by the the Amateur Boxing Association, which sets strict guidelines for the health and safety. Tate has fully complied with these. "The participants will all be wearing protective headgear." (For full source and article click the Headline). Irish Art