Charity boxers comeback kings

Last updated 05:00 05/04/2014

FLATTENED: Justin Dove, in blue, knocks down Wi Harrison at the Rumble in the Rubble charity boxing event in Cathedral Square.

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With the crumbling Christ Church Cathedral providing the backdrop, rebuild workers have traded tool belts for boxing gloves for charity.

Twelve amateurs last night hit the open-air ring in the Square for the inaugural Rumble in the Rubble.

The sold-out event - an SPCA Canterbury fundraiser - was the brainchild of Maven Events' Kelly Barry, who said her aim was to show a bit of love to the people piecing broken Christchurch back together.

It was the first time in the ring for Justin "The Heartbreaker" Dove, of Mico, and Wi "Twinkle-Toes" Harrison, of Nikau Contractors, who opened the event.

Both have battled challenges far more dangerous than a good right hook.

A year ago, Dove was lucky to survive a heart attack.

"You can't keep a good bugger down," he said.

Fifteen years ago, Harrison fought for his life after being crushed up against a block wall by a truck.

Harrison is no stranger to adversity, having been born with two club feet and needing an operation when only weeks old.

Last night, with their mates ringside, the pair jabbed and danced their way around the canvas.

After three rounds, Dove was judged the victor in a unanimous points decision.

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