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Feast of fights in store for fans as competitors flock to centre

JONATHAN MCKEOWN
Last updated 13:00 22/11/2012
Sports STD
COLIN SMITH/Fairfax NZ
PRIMED: Night Of Wrecking looks set to provide plenty of action.

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Another Night of Wrecking is set to shake the Trafalgar Centre on Saturday, and the international 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 United States 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) takes on Ben Tan, of Sunshine Coast Kickboxing.

The Australian may be used to working 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 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 5pm on Saturday, with the first fight at 6pm.

General admission is $25 in advance or $30 on the door.

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 St.

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