Kickboxing extravaganza looms
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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‘‘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.