Fighters get set for Rum­ble at the Reef

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

BOX­ERS and Mixed Mar­tial Arts (MMA) fighters are get­ting ready to rum­ble at the Reef this month with mo­men­tum build­ing lo­cally and in­ter­state.

The ul­ti­mate Air­lie Beach fight night will take place on Satur­day, No­vem­ber 24, fea­tur­ing 11 lo­cal fighters as well as com­peti­tors from Townsville, Bris­bane and in­ter­state.

Co–or­di­nated by Whit­sun­day Mar­tial Arts coaches and co-own­ers, Dan Zealand and An­ton Zafir, the event will be held in the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel court­yard, al­low­ing spec­ta­tors to get up close and per­sonal.

“It gives a lot of lo­cals the chance to get out there and have a go and not have to travel. A lot of our fighters have to travel to par­tic­i­pate in com­pe­ti­tions,” Mr Zealand said.

“This year will be more in­ti­mate. The crowd will be up close with the ac­tion.”

The fight night will be com­prised of thir­teen bouts, eleven of those fea­tur­ing lo­cal fighters.

Fighters in both box­ing and MMA bouts will go for three rounds, how­ever box­ing rounds will be three min­utes each as op­posed to MMA rounds of five min­utes each.

Some of the lo­cal fighters will be step­ping into the ring for the first time fol­low­ing a 10-week fight pro­gram.

Mr Zealand said he would love to see the com­mu­nity rally around the lo­cal fighters.

“It would be great to have a big crowed cheer­ing on the eleven guys and girls who are try­ing to put ev­ery­thing they’ve worked for the last three months into nine min­utes or less of com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

Tick­ets for the event are on sale now.

To book, call Whit­sun­day Mar­tial Arts on 1300 766 082 or email ad­min@wrgh. com.au.

PHOTO: CLAU­DIA ALP

FIGHT NIGHT: Coach (back from left) An­ton Zafir, Trev Ritchie, Chris Smith, Jeremy Gra­ham, and coach Dan Zealand with (front) Keiran Austin, Blair Frew and Guy Cho­j­nacki.

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