Adam Manisy faces tough job

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Porirua fighter Adam Manisy will fea­ture in Cap­i­tal Pun­ish­ment 24 on Satur­day.

Cap­i­tal Pun­ish­ment 24 is be­ing pro­moted as the big­gest kick­box­ing event in Porirua in years.

Manisy, one of the more tech­ni­cal fighters in his di­vi­sion, will meet Andrew ‘‘ Blood­bath’’ McGrath, a New Zealand cham­pion.

Manisy will have the ben­e­fit of world cham­pion Sone Vanathy in his cor­ner.

Pro­moter Mark Hamp­ton said fight shows gen­er­ally fea­tured one or two main events, but in Satur­day’s event there would be sev­eral.

‘‘ We’ve got re­ally tal­ented women and men com­ing through the ranks, and the tour­na­ment is a great place for them to show­case their abil­ity,’’ Hamp­ton said.

‘‘ There has been a surge in pop­u­lar­ity of kick­box­ing.

‘‘We are one of the top coun­tries and that rep­u­ta­tion is at­tract­ing a sig­nif­i­cant new au­di­ence to our events.’’

An­other fea­ture bout, un­der full Thai rules, will pit Brendan ‘‘Vi­cious’’ Varty, the New Zealand pro­fes­sional cham­pion, against world cham­pion Ben Sisams for the South Pa­cific pro­fes­sional ti­tle.

The ag­gres­sive Sisams will have his work cut out against Varty, who has a record of 17 wins and 3 losses, with 12 knock­outs.

New Zealand cham­pion Whit­ney Tobin meets South Pa­cific cham­pion Bay Bee Nansen in a fea­ture women’s match.

Tobin is on a win­ning roll, but will have her work cut out against Nansen, who comes from a fam­ily of fight­ing cham­pi­ons.

Her sis­ter is a leading fighter, her brother is world cham­pion Antz Nansen and her cousin, Ja­son Sut­tie, has been one of the finest New Zealand fighters.

In all there will be eight cham­pi­ons on the card.

Top form: Adam Manisy, left, from Arch An­gel Gym Porirua, takes on Leon Tan­garoa in a wel­ter­weight match dur­ing the na­tional kick­box­ing cham­pi­onships in Nel­son in De­cem­ber. The sport is of­ten re­ferred to as Muay Thai.

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