Eruption two is coming New Plymouth's way.
New Plymouth's Lance Searancke is organising a second Eruption Muay Thai kickboxing contest on September 22, which he says will be bigger and better than the first.
"The response to the first contest in April was outstanding. I had expected a crowd of 500 and we got more than 800," said Searancke, from the Thai Boxing Studio in New Plymouth.
"It was a brilliant night, everyone loved it and I'm hoping for a crowd of between 1400 and 1800 for the second.
"We're putting in extra seating at the YMCA. I've already sold 12 corporate tables. They were snapped up fast and I've only got six left to sell."
Searancke said this time he had 12 fights lined up including a North Island 66kg title bout between Wellington fighters Adam Manisy and Henare Redden.
"They've fought before and Adam is the titleholder. It's a grudge match. They've each had 12 fights and they're experienced fighters. It's full elbows and knees to the head . . . full-on fighting."
Searancke said New Plymouth fighters Carlin "Hitman" Hurley and Mike Dromgool were also fighting.
"Carlin is fighting a Whanganui fighter in the 75kg division, with Mike having his second fight in the 85kg division."
Searancke said his aim was to hold two tournaments a year.
"People love them and it's a good night out. April's fight night was the first in New Plymouth for eight or nine years and hopefully this one will be as good, if not better."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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