In 2002, Ricky Gervais took part in a charity boxing match against entrepeneur Grant Bovey (known largely by the public due to his relationship with TV personality Anthea Turner). For the 3-round contest Gervais was trained by famous boxing trainer brothers Frank and Eugene Maloney, at their Fight Factory gymnasium. It was the second televised charity boxing match for Comic Relief, the first being Bob Mortimer against Les Dennis. The fight was televised by the BBC, and Gervais managed to come out on top by a split decision verdict.
After the fight, Turner claimed the only reason Gervais was awarded victory was because of his relationship with the BBC. Gervais later said that the experience was the 'most difficult thing' he had ever done. He donated his £5,000 prize money to the training of a MacMillan nurse.