Taupo’s King of the Ring is down for the count

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The tragic death of Neville Knight at a char­ity boxing match in Hamil­ton this year has been cited as one rea­son for end­ing Taupo’s Zero Risk King of the Ring event.

Knight, 49, col­lapsed against the ropes and died in the ring at the event, which was run to am­a­teur Boxing New Zealand and IBA (In­ter­na­tional Boxing As­so­ci­a­tion) reg­u­la­tions.

Event Direc­tor Brent Mar­shall has con­firmed Taupo’s King of the Ring event will no longer go ahead.

He cited or­gan­i­sa­tional chal­lenges, and the tragedy in Hamil­ton, as fac­tors for halt­ing the event. ‘‘There was al­ways some doubt if we were go­ing to hold an­other one.’’

‘‘We have been lucky noth­ing like that oc­curred at our events.

‘‘Al­though it wasn’t a re­sult of the boxing that caused the heart prob­lems I would have felt ter­ri­ble had it been our event.’’

‘‘I know [what] Nick Trott [the man Knight was fight­ing] will be go­ing through as well as his friends and fam­ily.’’

Held ev­ery two years the boxing match was the largest black-tie af­fair in Taupo, rais­ing money for the 100% Lake Taupo Char­i­ta­ble Trust. It raised about $1 mil­lion last year.

Taupo’s Zero Risk King of the Ring char­ity boxing event will no longer be held.

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