Boxers boost Manawatu’s team
Bam's Boxing did Tararua proud at the Hawke's Bay Battle For Life on Saturday September 8 in the Hastings Sports Centre.
Five Dannevirke fighters made up almost half of the Manawatu¯ team fighting against Hawke's Bay and with three wins and two losses, the latter both on split decisions, gym owner Adam Jones was delighted with their performance.
Each year local Hawke's Bay civilians enter the boxing ring to help combat the ever-growing rate of suicide by giving hope and raising awareness that it's ok to ask for help as well as raise much needed funds for local community Suicide Prevention projects. With the Manawatu¯ contingent participating the combined total raised was $22,000.
Adam said the whole event was a wonderful night. A large crowd in excess of 500 people enjoyed a great night of hospitality and boxing.
There were 24 tables, each paying $1000 towards the cause. Dannevirke alone had six tables to provide vociferous support for the Bam's boxers.
A three-course meal and nonalcoholic drinks added to the evening.
“Without alcohol it meant the crowd was there to enjoy the boxing and support the charity,” said Adam.
“For all of the boxers the 12-week training programme has been a great bonding experience as well as of terrific fitness benefit.” Adam says he is confident the boxers will continue training and he hopes they will be back next year.
Bam's Boxing's Conner Anderson will be in the ring during the school holidays competing in the National Weight Grade Championships. He has been training hard and Adam believes Conner could well return with a title.
The Bam’s team and coaches from left: Tony Mansill(Coach), Dan Billing, Blair Taylor Adam Jones, Tama Petera, , Michael Scrimshaw (Coach). In Front: Namen Rautu.
Namen Rautu on attack for Manawatu¯ .
Adam Jones gives it all in his win.