FIGHT NIGHT'S A KNOCK OUT
Decent turnout despite the wet weather
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.
Daniel McCormack lands one flush on Tim Minniecon.