Fight night to help get gym look­ing good

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

From novices to world cham­pi­ons, the Rex Red­den Fight Club will be the place to be next week for kick­box­ing ac­tion.

The Al­pha Muay Thai Club will host a fight night on March 17, ex­pected to fea­ture 12 con­tests.

Sev­eral Porirua fight­ers will be in ac­tion, in­clud­ing Ra Red­den, who will be up against Am­brose Mataio from Auck­land in what prom­ises to be one of the bouts of the night.

Spe­cial guest will be John Wayne Parr, a nine-time Muay Thai world cham­pion, who will be show­ing his sup­port for Al­pha and their fundrais­ing ef­forts.

The club’s Kevin Dick says punching bags and the ring’s can­vas are start­ing to show wear, hav­ing not been re­placed ‘‘for a very long time’’. Money raised will be spent pri­mar­ily on up­grad­ing equip­ment. He ex­pects the venue to be packed out.

‘‘It’s a great chance to see lo­cal guys in ac­tion and we have a real at­mos­phere on fight nights, you’re so close to what’s hap­pen­ing in the ring and the crowd are re­ally into it. We’ve [Al­pha] been quiet for a while, so we’re want­ing to hold more events like this ev­ery few months to put our­selves, and some of these promis­ing, young guys on the map.’’

Red­den’s fight with Mataio will fea­ture full Thai rules, with el­bows and knees al­lowed.

‘‘These two guys are the best wel­ter­weights in New Zealand . . .,’’ Dick says.

The Rex Red­den Fight Club is at 4 Hall Rd in the old Porirua Hospi­tal grounds. Door sales cost $25, there is a cash bar and doors open at 6pm with the first fight sched­uled for 6.30pm.

Squar­ing up: Henare Red­den, New Zealand champ Ra Red­den and Michael Rad­ford will be among the Porirua kick­box­ing tal­ent on show on March 17.

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