Ringside date despite drug attack

Boxing manager John Glozier says he will be ringside at Saturday's Fight for Life despite gunmen bursting into his home last week, only days after he had been released from hospital after being knee-capped.

In what has been described as a drugs-related incident, Glozier said two men shot open the glass door to his house in the Auckland suburb of Three Kings, prompting neighbours to call police. The men held guns to his head.

Police came, and later arrested Glozier on charges of methamphetamine supply, before bailing him.

Glozier, who comes from a prominent boxing family, is a well-known matchmaker and the World Boxing Organisation's New Zealand supervisor, says he will be at Waitakere's Trusts Stadium to work the corner of his fighter, Richard Tutaki, who takes on rising star Joseph Parker in the headline bout of Saturday's bill.

He said he didn't fear for his life. "They wanted to rob me, but I didn't have anything to rob. They were just desperate young guys. I will be all right."

Glozier, formerly known as David John Blaikie, has a history of drugs convictions. He is also due to appear next year on other charges of unlawful possession of a pistol, receiving stolen goods and possession of methamphetamine.

Asked if he owed money to someone, he said: "It has just been blown up out of proportion. It started small and has got bigger and bigger."

Fight promoter David Higgins said security would be tight and whether Glozier attends or not was "not really relevant". Fighters include rugby's Carlos Spencer and Troy Flavell and league's Manu Vatuvei and Willie Mason.

Sunday Star Times