WIRRAL firefighters will be battling it out with the boys in blue when they take part in a charity boxing tournament to raise money for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.

The Lee Brown Charity Boxing Event will see 19 firefighers from across Merseyside – six from Wirral stations – go up against police officers and staff from the prison service.

Last year, the boxing event raised more than £3,5000 for charity but organisers are hoping this year’s event – which takes place at ENVI in Fleet Street, Liverpool on May 10 – will raise even more.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service boxing captain Steve Smith, who is also taking part in the event and is based at Kensington Community Fire Station, said: “In total 19 firefighters from Merseyside are taking part in the event this year and everyone is training hard.

“At last year’s event the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service team won the night with nine wins, three draws and one lost bout.

“The whole team put a lot of hard work into this event last year having not won the night in two previous encounters. Once again we are training hard and it will undoubtedly be a great event to watch and experience.

“We hope we can sell more tickets than last year and make it an even greater success.”

Organiser Lee Brown said: “This is possibly our final year in Liverpool hosting the inter-services fight night, going out with a bang we hope to see the enthusiastic support from the local community that we have seen for all the years we have been at the Olympia."

In total 36 fighters are taking part including police officers from the West Midlands and Middlesbrough area.

Tickets cost £20 and can be bought by emailing leebrownevents@gmail.com or calling 07850334122.

More information can be found at leebrownevents.com