Boxers shape up with a pair of novelty oversized gloves at the Capella Fight Night.
Boxers shape up with a pair of novelty oversized gloves at the Capella Fight Night.

Rookie rivals climb in ring

CAPELLA’S “fast and furious” Fight Night was not your average weekend boxing tournament.

And on hand were not your everyday boxers but a brave bunch of would-be fighters who stuck up their hand with next-to-no boxing experience for three, one-minute rounds.

As one local boxing trainer highlighted, “anything can happen” in events such as this.

For event co-ordinator Mick Pope, he couldn’t be more proud of those who volunteered to challenge themselves in the ring on Saturday night. He said all fighters proved they had the guts and determination to last the distance, singling out the bout of Tommy Pasker and Todd Carne as one of more memorable of the night.

“They just unleashed from start to finish. There were punches going everywhere non-stop. They really got stuck into each other,” Pope said. “Three or four other fights we called a draw, we just couldn’t pick them.”

The contest, which has been adopted from similar fight nights on the coast, pits mate against mate, rookie verus rookie, in what organisers describe as boxing’s version of Twenty20 cricket.

“It’s good fun, they’re all amateur fights and nothing’s taken too seriously, it’s not like they’re fighting for sheep stations,” Pope said.

Cash prizes were given for the best bouts on the night and around $1000 raised for the Capella PCYC, with a number of “fun bouts” also staged using oversized boxing gloves for those who were a little less experienced.


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