Corporate, women’s bouts in tournament

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The Gore Boxing Club’s annual tournament is being ramped up this year.

Club coach Russell Newton said the tournament would include several corporate fights this year.

“We have three women’s fights also,” Newton said.

“Normally, corporate fights are held for charity. This year we are testing the waters, but we hope to have charity fights if this is successful. The people fighting in the corporate bouts don’t box – they are just boxing for the event,” he said.

“So if the demand is there, we will eventually hold a charity night.”

Two truck drivers from different companies would be boxing against one another, as the club had wanted to make the night a “tradie v tradie” or “professional v professional” event but it did not gain enough support, Newton said.

As well as the corporate fights, audience members would be able to watch “the cream of the crop” of boxers in action, as Gore man Aaron Lay (19) would be stepping into the ring.

“He is a three-time national title holder and he will be fighting Sunny Teki-Clarke, the current elite light heavyweight champion.

“The boxers meeting with Gore boxers are coming from as far as Christchurch.

“You will see elite boxing at its best plus supporting bouts, which include a few local boys getting in the ring for their first fights.

“There is something for everyone.”

The tournament will be held at the Gore Town and Country Club on October 28.

Tickets would be sold at the door and tables were available for groups, Newton said.