Corporate fight night entertains

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VICTORY: At the Methven Battle of the Alps, Megan Wilson celebrates a win over Becks Dirks in the blue. PHOTO NICOLE HAWKE
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The glitz and glamour of a Las Vegas boxing fight night came to Methven’s Mt Hutt Memorial Hall on Friday, courtesy of RiRaEvents.

The Catalyst Performance Agronomy – Battle of the Alps Corporate Fight Night was the night many locals had been working towards, training three sessions each week to be ready to go head to head in the ring.

The event was a sellout with more than 300 spectators gathering at the hall to watch the entertainment, which featured a special guest appearance from Shane Cameron.

The former Commonwealth Cruiser Champion was making his fourth visit out of the six fight night events held to date.

Cameron called the Battle of the Alps a next level corporate boxing event in terms of the standard of the production and the standard of boxing on show.

“Congratulations to all the fighters who put in the hard work and R-Ra ´ Events for creating one of the most special boxing events I’ve attended,’’ Cameron said.

KNOCK OUT EVENT: Zane McDonald referees a fight between Roman Prazak, in red, and Seamus Smyth. PHOTO NICOLE HAWKE

Emcees on the night were Dame Lynda and Dame Jools Topp. There was an interval with a charity auction, raising money for Kai for Kids and Methven Football Club.

There were nine fights in total over the course of the evening, each consisting of three rounds a piece to determine the winner.

All the competitors taking part were either local to Ashburton or Methven, except for Ben Dowdal from Burnham Boxing Club and Chase Haley from Otipoki Boxing Club in Dunedin.

Ri-Ra Events spokesperson Gary Manning said it was an absolutely amazing night, certainly the best one yet.

“There seems to be a huge hunger for this type of event, and it was pleasing to see a much younger demographic attend,” Manning said.

With it being such a busy schedule over the past few months the organisers have yet to sit down and discuss another future fight night, although Manning added they have been encouraged with the interest of potential boxers wanting to give it a go if they do.

POWER PLAY: Niall Gallagher fighting in the red corner. PHOTO NICOLE HAWKE