Kickboxer contestants promise thrills

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 05:00 21/09/2012

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A North Island 66-kilogram title fight is the feature contest at the Eruption Muay Thai kickboxing fight night in New Plymouth tomorrow night.

"It's a grudge match," said contest organiser Lance Searancke, of the fight between Wellington's Adam Manisy and Henare Redden.

"They've fought before and Adam is the titleholder. They've each had 12 fights and they're experienced fighters."

Searancke said the fight, at the YMCA, was a World Muay Thai Council contest. "It's full elbows and knees to the head . . . full-on fighting. Both want the title and the crowd will be entertained."

Searancke said there were 11 fights on the night's card.

"We've got five from New Plymouth fighting. They will have plenty of support from the home crowd," he said. "We had a great response to our first fight night in April with a crowd of 800.

"I'm hoping for a crowd of between 1400 and 1800 on Saturday."

Searancke said he had sold all 18 corporate tables, each one providing for 10 people.

The Taranaki fighters are: Trish Hutchinson in her first fight, Robert Schlender, Mike Dromgool, Dwayne Flowers and 14-year-old Oscar Renihana having his first full fight.

"The doors open at 6pm, with the first fight starting at 6.30pm," Searancke said. "The main fight will be between 10pm and 11pm."

Pre-sale door tickets are $20, with door sales $25.

Searancke said there would be a weigh-in between Manisy and Redden at 7 tonight at the Thai Boxing Gym on Devon St West.

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