Boxers glove up for a good cause

Mel Webb v Kristie Ah Kuoi. face off at the Fight for Kidz charity boxing tournament on Saturday. Photo:

FIGHTING for a cause, this year’s Fight for Kidz event saw 22 boxers slugging it out to raise money for Southland children on Saturday.

While he could not yet say how much had been raised, event co-organiser Dave Bartley said the night had gone well.

More than 1300 people attended a dinner, increasing to more than 2000 for the 11 bouts at ILT Stadium Southland.

Since the biennial event was launched in 2003, more than $700,000 had been raised – another $100,000 was hoped to be raised from this year’s event for Koru Care Southland, an organisation which gave children who were sick, or had a disability, the opportunity to visit theme parks overseas.

Mr Bartley said the fights were “well matched”, with four contestants women.

“The girls’ fights were well contested… a few split decisions which showed it could have gone either way.”

“The Notorious N.I.C” Ah Kuoi was picked best boxer fighter of the night, he said, and seven fights were won by the red team while four were won by the blue team.

Tonga v Fletcher
McLeery v Kini
Smith v Black
Henry v Henry

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