Honour 11 to be held at Arena
A move back to Te Rauparaha Arena is on the cards for the next version of the Honour kickboxing event.
Previously held at Porirua Kennel Club, promoter Kevin Dick, from the Alpha club, said a midwinter fight night was too chilly for the punters.
‘‘It’s a great venue at the Kennel Club, and we’ve enjoyed hosting events there, but a move to the arena was needed for July,’’ he said.
The 13-fight card on July 30 features six New Zealand champions.
Ten Porirua fighters will take the walk into the ring on the night, making for a lot of interest from keen kickboxing fans.
Dick said five of the match-ups would be the lead at any other show.
One keenly anticipated bout will be Porirua’s Adam Manisy vs Tyler Harrison in a full Thai rules contest. The 66kg fighters had beaten each other once, so this was a decider of sorts, Dick said.
Another popular Porirua kickboxer, Clint Dysart, will have his hands full in a mixed martial arts battle with Joel Gibson in the 81kg class.
‘‘Clint always puts on a show,’’ Dick said. ‘‘Both these guys are heavy hitters, so you know this will be something to watch.’’
Dick said the different weight classes, styles and the fact there was three women’s bouts would make for a varied evening of kickboxing viewing.
One of the women’s match-ups will feature two of the most active fighters in New Zealand when Daria Smith takes on Whitney Tobin.
Dick said each Honour event took about three months to plan and depended on fighters’ availability. He hoped the next would take place in November. Tickets to Honour 11 can be bought at ticketdirect.co.nz for $30, or $35 on the door.
Adam Manisy, seen here in action on the left, will be a big drawcard for Honour 11 on July 30.