Hawke’s Bay fight­ers go af­ter na­tional ti­tles at Arena Wars

Hawke's Bay Today - - SPORT - Kick­box­ing Shane Hurn­dell

Two Hawke’s Bay kick­box­ers will chase na­tional Siam Cup ti­tles at the Arena Wars 8 event in Napier tonight.

Jack­als Gym’s Ropata Lewis will take on fel­low New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dy­lan Bate­son of Auck­land for the 50kg fly­weight ti­tle. Case Need­ham will meet Auck­lan­der Yassin Yass for the 70kg light mid­dleweight ti­tle.

Need­ham will be seek­ing re­venge for a loss to Yass in March.

Tonight’s third ti­tle fight at the Jack­als Gym in Onekawa will see Waikato’s Waimatao Hira bat­tle Auck­lan­der Capri Lonie for the fe­male ju­nior light wel­ter­weight ti­tle.

Lewis and Need­ham are two of nine Jack­als Gym fight­ers who will fea­ture on the 14-bout card.

The oth­ers are Jareth Fair­lie, Deano Mueli, Ethan Bick­ers, Daniel Paul, Ti­wai To­moana, Dave Faulkner and Tom Davis.

The nine will re­ceive plenty of as­sis­tance from Jack­als’ most high pro­file fighter Pu­mipi Ngaronoa, who re­tained his New Zealand Muay Thai Fed­er­a­tion pro­fes­sional light wel­ter­weight ti­tle last month with a win against Auck­lan­der Chris Wells in Taupo.

This was the third time the pair had fought for the ti­tle. Wells won the first en­counter and Ngaronoa the next two.

Af­ter help­ing his fel­low Jack­als fight­ers tonight Ngaronoa will re­turn to China for a series of fights.

An­other high­light for the Jack­als con­tin­gent in Taupo was Lu­cas McAdam’s se­cond round knock­out vic­tory against Gis­borne’s Te Ariki Po­mana.

This was McAdam’s first vic­tory against Po­mana in three en­coun­ters.

“Tricky [Po­mana’s nick­name] is re­garded as the pre­mier ju­nior fighter in the coun­try so the win was sweet,” Jack­als trainer An­drew Ban­ham said.

For­mer Hawke’s Bay soft­ball rep­re­sen­ta­tive Joe O’Leary and Davis were other Jack­als fight­ers to record wins in Taupo.

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