Fight night hailed by Gore coach

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Gore Boxing Club coach Russell Newton said there had been nothing but positive response to the fight night at the Gore Town and Country Club on Saturday night.

“The members of the Gore Boxing Club all gave their all – they should feel proud and happy about how they performed,” Newton said.

Although all boxers stepped up to the plate, Newton said Reece Holz (15) really impressed him in his bout.

“He got the decision and won, which was awesome but he was outstanding, really,” he said.

“Rhent Brunton (11) went great, too. He has a huge future ahead of him. He has a lot of determination.

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Another standout for Newton was Russell McKay, who stepped into the ring with experienced Invercargill fighter Dallas Trainer.

“He boxed very well. He played it smart against a seasoned boxer, boxed very intelligently.”

Newton said the concept of the corporate fights went well.

The corporate boxers did a great job, he said.

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“Everyone had a good night. I want to evolve the corporate fights from here and have a charity night – we may have the support now we have put our toes in the water.

“Bigger and better from here.

“I think we saw a few faces there who you just wouldn’t expect to see normally at boxing.”