Townsville Bulletin

Ring queens fighting on despite Covid scare


HAWKS Boxing promoter Dennis Clancy will push on with his Queen of the Ring fight night at Jack Manski Oval on Saturday but admitted the Covid case in Townsville had caused changes for the event.

Spectators at the event must adhere to social distancing guidelines and will need to wear a mask while moving around, and will have to enter the venue from the back gate rather than through the Brothers Leagues Club.

Clancy said the 75 per cent capacity cap would not cause problems for the event with room for more than 3000 spectators at the field.

Several fighters have been forced out of the fight night with some unsure about travelling to Townsville to compete, but the boxing stalwart was adamant the local contingent would put on a strong showing for the fans.

“A lot of the fighters are waiting on more informatio­n,” he said.

“We are basically all local now, the local chapters like Ingham, Charters Towers and Burdekin will put in the work.

“The out-of-town ones are probably not going to risk it. But we can understand that and we are happy with what we have on the card. The main thing is just getting them some fights.”

The fight night is focused on developing women’s boxing at the grassroots level, with Hawks represente­d by a strong group of rising fighters.

Clancy said he had seen the benefit that boxing had for the females at his gym and hoped the night could encourage more to come out and don the gloves.

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