Boxing clever to raise money

WHILE Mick Daly’s gym is well known for ringside action, it is trackside competition that will have people glued to TV screens in a few weeks.

Mick Daly Gym will transform into a swish dining room come Caulfield Cup Day, October 16, and the boxers will trade gloves for waiter clobber and will serve drinks and lunch to revellers.

Daly is looking forward to a full house, and while he is used to a vocal crowd cheering on his boxers, he is sure the fillies who attend will be in full voice as the day unfolds.

The day begins at noon and festivities last until 6pm. Entertainment includes a band.

There will be sweeps held throughout the day, as well as raffles, horse games, activities and lucky door prizes.

“It’s a great ladies day out and a lot of fun,” Daly said. “This will be the third Caulfield Cup Day event we’ve put on. The past two have been very successful.”

Ladies are encouraged to put on their finest racing wear, as fashions on the field will be judged as well.

The day is a major fundraiser for the gym, as boxers gear up for the Queensland championships in Caboolture from November 19-21.

Trainer Daly is taking a contingent to the championships and is expecting his fighters to hold their own.

Boxers competing include Brandon Austin, who will fight in the 75kg junior division, Liam Nicholson in the 60kg intermediate, and Emma Carru, who will box in the 60kg category.

Billy Ward is making a comeback in the 52kg senior division, after having lost only one fight in his short career.

“He hasn’t fought for the past two years and is a former Australian champion,” Daly said.

Tickets, which cost $80 and include lunch, beer, wine and spirits, can be bought from Daly on 0408 782 820. They can also be purchased at Mick Daly Gym on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

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