Box­ers train hard to fight for hospice

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

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.

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