Boxers ready to rumble for Ruru School

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 23/05/2014
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VICTORY: Barry "The Barbarian" Cook wins his Fight for Kidz bout against Des "Mr Ouchy" Jonker at Stadium Southland in 2010. The referee is Denny Enwright.

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Ruru School has been selected as the charity to be aligned to the 2014 Fight for Kidz in August.

The Invercargill boxing event sees people with next to no boxing experience have a crack at the sport to help raise money for charity.

The 2014 Fight for Kidz at the ILT Stadium on August 16 will be the sixth charity boxing event Dave 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.

Ruru School is a specialist school catering for students with special needs.

Bartley said they had a few charities who had put their hands up but they decided Ruru School was the best fit for this year's event.

"They've got a bit of a wish where they want to put a new playground together and what not so we are going to raise some money to do all that for them," Bartley said.

The novice boxers began their training this week with Bartley and Boutcher, who double as the organisers and boxing trainers for the event.

Eleven fights have been confirmed but Bartley said they were still on the lookout for a headline fight featuring someone with a high profile.

Bartley said they were confident they would still be able to sell out the night without a fighter who had a high profile but said it would add to the night.

Bartley said they had all but locked in the sponsors but they still required a sponsor for the red corner and were on the lookout for anyone who might be able to help.

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- The Southland Times

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