Talking the hardest: Ardley boxing clever for charity

Property is not short of people who have proven themselves tough negotiators. But the founder of developer BlackOnyx, David Ardley, is taking things to another level by getting into the boxing ring to prove his status as ‘The Hard Man of Property’.

Ardley has already laid down a marker by naming his company after a pretty tough mineral and his JV with Martin’s Properties takes its name from jet black volcanic rock Obsidian.

He will now be looking to test his mettle as well as his rock-hard credentials when he gloves up to take on a mystery semi-pro boxer at the Lord Mayor of Westminster’s charity boxing night on 27 April in aid of the Lord Mayor’s charity, Greenhouse Sports, which provides coaching for disadvantaged youngsters in London.

With his reputation on the line, Ardley has been training hard for his first bout in front of an audience that will no doubt include plenty of his property sector peers.

He told Property Week: “My friends and colleagues seem to be strangely keen on seeing me box. I like to think it is for the right reasons!”

We’ll find out on 27 April whether he’s as hard as Rocky - or ends up on the ropes.

You can show your support for Greenhouse Sports ahead of the event at

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