Horan wants opponent for charity boxing bout

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 12/06/2014

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Controversial politician Brendan Horan has agreed to line up in Southland's Fight for Kidz charity boxing event and is in search of an opponent.

Horan is an independent MP in Parliament. He was chucked out of the NZ First party after allegations he took money from his dying mother's bank account and spent it on gambling, which he has denied.

Horan, 52, a former TV weather presenter, had originally hoped he could take on one of his former NZ First colleagues in the charity boxing event but nothing eventuated.

He also challenged broadcaster Duncan Garner, but Garner did not take up the offer.

Fight for Kidz organiser David Bartley hoped they could find an opponent "sooner rather than later" for Horan for the main event in the August 16 charity event. Bartley said they would prefer an opponent who also had a profile.

Horan's bout will be the last of the 12 fights on the night, which will include two female contests.

The 2014 Fight for Kidz at the ILT Stadium will be the sixth charity boxing event Bartley and Steve Boutcher have put together.

They have raised more than $300,000 for charity, which included $117,000 for the Southland Hospital children's ward in 2010.

This year, Invercargill's Ruru School will be handed the money raised from the night. Bartley said they were on target for yet another sellout.

At this stage they had just eight corporate tables to sell. The tables of 10 are $1700 and include food and beverages.

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