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.

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