Crowds for fights

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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