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