Fight night set to pack a punch

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AIR­LIE Beach, are you ready to rum­ble?

The an­nual fight night will re­turn on Satur­day, tak­ing to the Whit­sun­day Sportspark’s net­ball courts for an out­door spec­ta­cle.

It will be the first time in Air­lie Fight Night his­tory the event will take place un­der the stars – but that will only add to the event, ac­cord­ing to or­gan­iser Luke An­der­son.

“It’s go­ing to be big­ger than any one we’ve had be­fore,” he said.

“This year it’s out­side so it will be a lot nicer and cooler.

“Come along and see some­thing amaz­ing that doesn’t come to Air­lie of­ten.”

Air­lie Fight Night IV has an ac­tion-packed 12-fight card, head­lined by Whit­sun­day Mar­tial Arts coach An­ton Zafir, who will take on Jamie Kearines.

A host of other WMA fighters will also step into the ring, while the night sig­nals the end of the Fight Night Ex­pe­ri­ence for five lo­cal com­peti­tors.

Cruise Whit­sun­days chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Nick Hor­tle said the com­pany, one of the main spon­sors of Air­lie Fight Night IV, was ea­ger to take the op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved in the popular event.

“The way this event has been man­aged so that it is fam­ily friendly is very im­pres­sive, and we want to sup­port th­ese kinds of events which ben­e­fit our com­mu­nity,” he said.

“This is also a prime ex­am­ple of the kind of event that at­tracts sig­nif­i­cant num­bers of both com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors from out­side the re­gion, see­ing our lo­cal tourism in- dus­try surge over the week­end of the event.

“We are look­ing for­ward to work­ing closely with the event or­gan­is­ers to en­sure this event is even more suc- cess­ful than the pre­vi­ous fight nights, which will see our re­gion ben­e­fit.”

Tick­ets are avail­able from Moshtix, Scis­sor Sis­ters, Killer Signs and Air­lie Fit­ness.

Photo: Keagan Ryan

IN THE RING: Fa­ther-and-son fighters Matt and Steve Thurtell will both be in ac­tion at Air­lie Fight Night IV on Satur­day.

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