Boxers train hard to fight for hospice
Twenty-four boxers are soon to put their bodies on the line to help raise funds for Tokoroa Hospice.
Tok Town Smack Down on July 16 is organised by Tokoroa Host Lions Club to benefit the hospice.
Mark O’Leary, one of the organisers, said Lions had put thousands of dollars back into the community. Last year they organised a squash competition which raised $5000.
The boxers have been training for nine weeks and by the time the fights roll around they will have been training for 12 weeks. The amateur boxers are being trained by O’Leary, Fraser Boyd and Chrispin Hopkinson.
The fighting line-up is: Ryan Fellingham, Regina Sheck, Sonny Goodnight, Darryl Fellingham, Sean Evans, Mark Tysen, Greg Fitzpatrick, Lionel Hemmings, Ted Morris, Mark Jones, Neville Adams, Leon Bartie, Lee Fitzpatrick, Doug Winikeri, Janita Poko, Steve Wilson, Dean Tereu, Jeff Gash, Steve Holdem, Brett McMullan, Scott Murray, Larry Sullivan, Phil Gausel, Craig Hopson and Raymond Lincoln.
O’Leary said the fighters realised how tough it was inside the ring when the first sparring session was held.
‘‘Plenty of these guys are training in their own time. It was interesting during the first spar sessions. When the first punch was made there were a few stunned looks on people’s faces. There were a few bruised eyes and broken noses,’’ he said.
Each fight will go for three one and a-half minute rounds.
O’Leary said the first seconds of the fights would be interesting.
‘‘We will expect to see windmill swinging in the first minute, like they’ve forgotten everything they have been taught. But the next two rounds will be good.’’
Tok Town Smack Down will be held at Pockets 8 Ball Club.