The Kirikiriroa Boxing Association will tomorrow host its first tournament, which will act as a solid lead-in to next month's national championships.
The association, which is made up of Te Awamutu, Walton, Elite, Fighting Fit, Mana Tangata, Nawton and Wakatoo clubs, is holding an amateur tournament at Te Rapa Racecourse. Boxers, some of them national champions, from throughout the North Island are set to attend.
The event will feature about 30 fights across a range of divisions, with the boxers' ages ranging from 10 to 34.
Karen Miles, from Kirikiriroa association, was excited about tomorrow's prospects, with the seven clubs doing something new in combining to hold an event.
"Some of our clubs have had individual ones, but it's actually the first association tournament, we're all pooling in together.
"We all go off most weekends to other places for tournaments, so it's just nice to actually give something back so they can come to our tournaments."
Most fighters will be preparing for Boxing New Zealand's national championships, in Auckland from October 8 to 13.
Kirikiriroa will send their biggest team yet - 23 males and two females - to the nationals.
They are: Luke Cambell, Callum Farrelly, Sean Farrelly, Luke Jeffries, Caleb Magee, Floyd Mason, Andy Robinson, Aryk Whalley, Sheldon Whalley, Tyson Whalley, Raychene Whalley (Te Awamutu); Hokio Adams, Jahsaiah Hirini, Malakai Hirini, Xavier Hirini, Newha Jones, Remana Kara, Hirini Wikaira (Nawton); Caroline Daniels, Jess Noorland, Isaac Prasad (Elite); Ivan Pavich, Katie Thompson (Fighting Fit); Niko Nicholson, Phillip Jenions (Wakatoo).
What: Kirikiriroa Boxing Association amateur tournament Where: Te Rapa Racecourse When: Tomorrow, from 2pm Cost: $10 adult, $5 child, $20 family (two adults, three children)
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