Boxing night a furious success
BIG names and quality contenders shaped Emerald's Fast and Furious Fight Night at the weekend, with more bang for your buck than a 10-1 winner.
By the books, the Men of League Foundation charity event went above and beyond expectations. All up it helped raise more than $14,000 for the Emerald PCYC and a trust fund to support an injured local league player.
In the ring, Clermont rugby league veteran Clayton Humphreys battled Emerald youngster Tristan Martin in one of the best fights of the night according to event co-ordinator Andrew Lawrence.
"That was a really top quality fight. Plenty of action and just really technical," Lawrence said.
Former Brisbane Bronco turned one-time boxer PJ Marsh held his own for a tough draw against fellow Lake Lindsay workmate Wade Campbell.
Another crowd favourite was the all-Clermont clash between halfback Ben Breckon and prop Wade Stanton, with Breckon reportedly notching one up over his Bears counterpart.
"Having a front-rower get pummelled by a halfback, he won't be able to let that down," Lawrence joked.
Emerald's Craig Johnston showed he is still a force to be reckoned with, despite gloving up as one of the oldest competitors of the evening.
"That's the longest three minutes of my life," Johnston said of his three one-minute rounds.
Coincidently, Johnston fought a bloke he used to train as a junior.
Stars were aplenty at the Emerald event, with ringside punters entertained in between bouts by guest hosts Allan Robinson and Colin Scott.
Robinson, a former jockey, is known more recently for his appearances on Channel 9's The Footy Show and Scott is a Queensland fullback who played in the first State of Origin in 1980.