Top Kiwi boxer fight possible in Invercargill
High-profile boxers Shane Cameron or David Tua fighting in Invercargill is a real possibility, Duco Events boss David Higgins revealed yesterday.
Higgins told The Southland Times that Duco was toying with bringing a high-profile professional fight card - which could include Cameron or Tua as the headline act - to Invercargill after the city exceeded expectations in Duco Events' first venture into the deep south.
Duco took a punt scheduling one of its four Sir Graham Henry Tribute nights in Invercargill on Tuesday, August 28. Invercargill headed off Hamilton and Dunedin for one of the shows, with the others scheduled for Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Higgins said the night had already sold out, with more than 400 tickets, at $195 apiece, snapped up for the Ascot Park Hotel function. The positive result meant he was now keen to bring more events to Invercargill.
"Whenever we go to a new place anywhere outside Auckland - just because that's the big market with all the big companies - it is always a bit of dip your toes into the water. But what I can confirm is that Invercargill has produced a better result for us than Wellington, and in fact we would choose Invercargill over Wellington every time now."
After the sellout in Invercargill, he and fellow promoter Dean Lonergan were looking at bringing a professional fight night to the city.
"We are actively lining up some boxing promotions now and we're toying with the idea of looking at Invercargill," Higgins said.
"The reason is we don't want to hammer the Auckland market with five big shows a year, so it makes sense to take one or two out of Auckland. Because, if they are on pay-per-view TV, people no matter where they are in the country can watch it on TV.
"So then the question becomes where else would we go? And we are currently thinking about Invercargill."
Higgins is best known for getting Tua and Cameron in the ring together in 2009 when he put up $1 million to make the fight happen.
Duco Events has continued to run boxing promotions with Tua and Cameron since and has also recently signed up to promote young gun Joseph Parker.
Cameron's camp is in talks on his next step after his knockout win over American Monte Barrett. Tua lost to Barrett before that, which looked to have ended his career, but the former world heavyweight contender has since said he wants to fight again and has been in talks with Duco Events.
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