Ten titles to go on the line
Another Night of Wrecking is set to shake Trafalgar Centre on Saturday, and the intersnational Muay Thai kickboxing event will see three New Zealand and four South Island titles go on the line.
Night of Wrecking 10 brings top fighters from around the country to test the talent at Fight Club, Nelson. The international component will also see fighters from Australia and the USA have their chance to enter the battle at Trafalgar.
A feast of 17 fights will be put on to the sate the appetites of pugilistically minded Nelson fans. A wide selection of fighting styles will be seen, including boxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), with the main course being Muay Thai.
The feature events see the international bouts listed last. The top undercard fight will see Lake State fighter Whitney Tobin of Minnesota Martial Arts take on Wairarapa's finest in Ramona Seargant of Featherston Muay Thai.
The main event will see a traditional trans-Tasman tussle as Nelson's own Leon Tangaroa of Fight Club, Nelson (FCN) take on the Ben Tan of Sunshine Coast Kickboxing.
The Australian may be used to laying out to work on his Sunshine Coast suntan. But, come Saturday night, Tan could be laid out on the canvas at Trafalgar centre, if Night of Wrecking 9 is anything to go by.
Tangaroa was on track to clean up Adam King of Corporate Box Gym, Brisbane in the July event. Tangaroa took all three rounds before a cut on the head from saw the referee stop the fight. Organiser Isaac Takarangi said Tangaroa was pumped to get back in the ring in front of the home fans.
"He is amping for this one," said Takarangi.
"Leon likes running in and going full on, so we have slowed him up a bit. But the guy he is fighting has had 40 pro fights and is Australian champion as well so he is going to better than the last opponent."
Takarangi said this event was going to build on the success of NoW 9.
"We are carrying on from the last show except it is bigger draw card and better fights. The inclusion of the MMA is a bigger draw for the crowd as well, they get to see the UFC style fights."
The doors open at 5m on Saturday with the first fight at 6pm. General admission is $25 in advance or $30 on the door, while children 12 and under are $10. Tickets from Cheapskates, Trafalgar St, Nelson and Queen St, Richmond and Liquor King, on the corner of Hardy & Collingwood Street.
Fight card for 'Night of Wrecking 10' New Zealand vs. USA and Australia:
1 Daniel Wilkes Academy of Combat, Christchurch vs. Chase Duncan, FCN;
2 Rhys Richards of Fortitude Gym, Masterton vs. Kahu Tumai, FCN; 3 Barry Pickett of Featherston Muay Thai vs. Timo Kuske, FCN; 4 Philip Warmouth Blenheim Kickboxing vs. Dane Reid, FCN; 5 Ethan Oakes of Strikeforce Lee Gar, Christchurch vs. Sam Talbot, FCN.
Mixed Martial Arts: 6 Grant Toa Toa of Octagon Combat, Wellington vs. Byron Hull, FCN.
South Island Super Middleweight Title: 7 Cody Tomuri of Featherston Muay Thai vs. Ollie Ollievre of Academy Combat, Christchurch.
Mod Thai (Boxing): 8 Tony Snape of Nelson Boxing vs. Phil Hayes, FCN.
New Zealand vs. Australia: 9 Liam Krywyn of Sunshine Coast Kickboxing Gym vs. Sam Speight, FCN.
South Island Heavyweight Title Defence: 10 John Mikaere of Muay Thai Institute, Wellington vs. Kelly Pia Queenstown Muay Thai (champion).
Mod Thai (Boxing): 11 Ginge Moore, Nelson Boxing vs. Ritchie Harris FCN. South Island Middleweight Title Defence: 12 Luke Graham of Proactive Martial Arts, Christchurch (Champion) vs. Fionabarra Long of Queenstown Muay Thai.
Mixed Martial Arts: 13 Sean Tamariki-Todd of Invercargill Martial Arts vs. Juice Visaalli of FCN.
South Island Light Middleweight Title Defence: 14 Mike Bevington, Strikeforce Lee Garr, Christchurch vs. Jahda Wharepapa, FCN (Champion)
New Zealand Title Defence TBC: 15 Andrew McGragh of Muay Thai Institute, Wellington vs. Hamish Dempsey of Strikeforce Lee Gar, Christchurch (champion).
New Zealand vs. USA: 16 Whitney Tobin of Minnesota Martial Arts vs. Ramona Seargant of Featherston Muay Thai.
New Zealand vs. Australia: 17 Ben Tan of Sunshine Coast Kickboxing Gym vs. Leon Tangaroa, FCN.