Professional fight for charity event

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BOXER Tipene Maniapoto, of Napier, is set to face-off against ‘‘Bluff Brawler’’ Tom Heads in the main bout of Southland’s Fight for Kidz charity boxing tournament next week.
Organisers Dave Bartley and Steve Boutcher said it was a good matchup and spectators could expect to see a good professional fight.
The pair could fight four three-minute rounds.
Boutcher said it was the first time a professional fight had been included in the Fight for Kidz line-up and would be a good way to finish off the night.
Maniapoto (27), ranked 12th in New Zealand, has had three bouts — all wins with one by knockout.
Boutcher said the local amateur fighters’ training was on track with only two injured so far.
Ryan Harvey, set to fight for the blue team in bout one, pulled out as a result of injury to be replaced by Shane Marshall, who also pulled out as a result of injury. Jared Henwood had stepped up as the replacement fighter for the blue team.
‘‘It is a big ask for [Harvey] to fight someone who has had 13 weeks of training, but he is up to the fight,’’ Boutcher said.
There were still tickets available for the event, he said.
‘‘Get in quick to secure your seats.’’
Live entertainment will be provided by New Zealand singing heavyweights Annie Crummer, Tina Cross and Taisha Tari.
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