Crowds for fights
Rebel Boxing’s Fight Night this Saturday could be standing room only, with up to 13 fights on the card, as boxers have one eye on the Wellington championships next month.
Rebel coach Phil Findlay says there will be plenty for everyone to see, with young talent Richard Wichman and James Bostock among the promising contenders to take to the ring. There might also be a women’s bout.
‘‘It’s going to be a great night, we’ve had 500-plus people in before, standing room only, and when everyone starts yelling and screaming it’s unbelievable. There will be great fighters from other clubs, like Contenders, and it’s part of the build-up to regionals.
‘‘There’s a lot of potential being shown by these young guys from the Porirua community, and it’s always good to get that support in.’’
The nationals will be held in Lower Hutt in October and Findlay is confident a number of boxers from the Porirua basin will make it through to that stage.
Rebel Boxing Club has 15 fighters in various weight categories and its membership is growing, at more than 50 now. Findlay says the sport teaches young people discipline and focus, and boxers are seeing the rewards.
The event starts at 7.30pm and costs $15 on the door. Rebel Boxing Club is at 4 Hall Rd, in the old Porirua Hospital grounds.