Adam Manisy faces tough job
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.