Muay Thai feast promised

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Porirua kick­box­ers will be front and cen­tre at Hon­our 6 on Satur­day.

The Muay Thai kick­box­ing event, which takes place at Te Rau­paraha Arena, will fea­ture 11 fights.

Top billing goes to lo­cal favourite Ra Red­den, who will step into the ring against the ex­pe­ri­enced Pu­mipi Ngaronoa in a five-round fight with full Thai rules.

Pro­moter Kevin Dick said aside from Red­den’s re­cent match-up with Porirua’s Sone Van­nathy in the King in the Ring, this would be his most dif­fi­cult fight.

‘‘Pu­mipi is a sea­soned pro and this is go­ing to be a big test for Ra,’’ Dick said.

‘‘We’ve been want­ing to get these guys to­gether for a while, but it’s never hap­pened. Now we’ve got it.’’

Porirua hope­fuls on the un­der­card are Adam Manisy, who will be fight­ing for the New Zealand wel­ter­weight belt, Joe Kelly and Gene Mur­ray.

Dick said the lineup was the best he had had and in­cluded two women’s ti­tle bouts.

‘‘We’ve got New Zealand’s best out there in some qual­ity matchups.

‘‘It’s taken a lot of work to find time when these guys are avail­able, so what we’ve ended up with is a pro­moter’s dream.’’

Dick said he was hop­ing for 800 spec­ta­tors at the Arena.

Porirua punch­ers: From left, Joe Kelly, Adam Manisy, Ra Red­den, Ger­ard Roach and Gene Mur­ray will be fly­ing the flag for Porirua at Hon­our 6.

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