Kick­box­ing ex­trav­a­ganza looms

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Porirua’s Ken­nel Club will host two world cham­pi­ons next month for Hon­our 10.

The Muay Thai kick­box­ing event on March 26 is head­lined by the bout be­tween Zane Hop­man, from Master­ton, an In­ter­na­tional Sport Karate As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pion, and Auck­land’s Zack Fata­maka, who won a World Games gold medal for Muay Thai kick­box­ing in 2014.

Pro­moter Kevin Dick, from the Porirua-based Al­pha club, said the cruis­er­weight con­test was go­ing to be a fierce match-up be­tween two heavy hit­ters who moved well.

‘‘They’re both very ex­plo­sive and it’s the sort of match that you’re more than likely go­ing to see a knock­out,’’ he said. ‘‘A lot of the crowd will be on the edge of their seats.’’

There will be 14 fights on the card and sev­eral of the fight­ers are from Porirua.

Clint Dysart – who plays rugby for North­ern United pre­miers – Ian Ware, Re­hua Small­man, Rosie Bux­field, Kyle Sear­ancke and Ailyah Maoate will en­joy a lot of home sup­port at the Ken­nel Club, in Prosser St, Els­don.

Dick said se­cond billing on the

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has two dou­ble passes to the fight night to give away. To be in to win, email with Hon­our 10 in the sub­ject line, and a day­time con­tact tele­phone num­ber. En­tries close on Fe­bru­ary 29. night would go to a trans-Tas­man fight be­tween New Zealand’s Pearse Shields and Aus­tralia’s Ben Ma­honey.

‘‘I’m ex­cited about all the events we have here in Porirua, but hav­ing world cham­pi­ons on the card is a big ex­tra. This is a great card and there’s a lot of in­ter­na­tional and Porirua tal­ent show­ing off what they can do,’’ Dick said.

An added draw­card will be the pres­ence of kick­box­ing leg­end John Wayne Parr, who will travel from the Gold Coast to sup­port Ma­honey.

Al­pha moved its fight nights to the Ken­nel Club last year, af­ter an ab­sence of 13 years from the venue. Dick has de­scribed it as an ‘‘old school’’ place that is across the road from the Al­pha gym and is a favourite with the fight­ers.

The doors to Hon­our 10 open at 6pm.


Zane Hop­man knocks down an op­po­nent in a re­cent fight.

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