De­cent turnout de­spite the wet weather

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Peter Car­ruthers

NUM­BERS at Air­lie Beach Fight Night 5 were se­ri­ously af­fected by the wet weather this year, with the event mov­ing to the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

Or­gan­iser Luke An­der­son es­ti­mated as many as 500 didn’t brave the rain to be ring­side on Fri­day night.

De­spite this, con­sid­er­ing the weather, it was a good turnout, An­der­son said.

“It was good to see a lot of the lo­cals sup­port­ing us,” he said.

“Hon­estly, we couldn’t have had a bet­ter out­come con­sid­er­ing how bad the rain was.”

The high point of the night for An­der­son was see­ing Ben Kelle­her re­turn­ing to the ring after break­ing his leg at last year’s Air­lie Beach Fight Night, and see­ing him win.

“That was (the) high­light for me and it’s good to see all the lo­cal fight­ers get­ting into it and the lo­cal com­mu­nity sup­port­ing the event,” he said.

Kelle­her said win­ning his bout against ex­pe­ri­enced boxer Alan Grigolon was a form of re­demp­tion.

“I got to jump back in the ring after hav­ing a bad time last time I was in Air­lie Beach,” he said.

“To come back and show peo­ple that you can re­turn from some­thing like that was pretty cool for me.”

Owner and head coach at Whit­sun­day Mar­tial Arts An­ton Zafir said his gym took five wins from eight bouts.

“We are very happy with the re­sult,” he said.

Zafir agreed with An­der­son that the weather did af­fect the turnout but over­all he said it “was an amaz­ing night”.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence was awe­some,” he added.

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