Fight night set to pack a punch
MICK Daly was disappointed to miss out on having a fight night for the Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club last year, but it has made the local coach twice as keen to put together a top line-up this time around.
Scheduled for Saturday, February 14, Daly expects the night to host over 20 fights - and in excess of 800 keen boxing fans walk through the door.
"Everything is looking pretty good - 15 Gladstone blokes will be fighting here at home," Daly said.
"I think we will probably get 800 (fans). I am hoping the heat doesn't affect us. It does get hot with that many people.
"But there is not a bad spot and people can have a beer and watch on a screen we set up just outside the door."
The fight night will be a chance for serious Australian title contenders to have a decent bout before the Queensland qualifiers on March 27-29, so it is therefore attracting some big names.
"A lot of clubs have said they are coming, like Blackwater, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Ayr," Daly said.
"I think we are going to get a lot of fights."
The other big impact it will have is helping to raise funds for the club's boxers when they travel to Brisbane.
Constantly heading south for the best match-ups, the Gladstone club missed the assistance the fight night offers last year when it was not held.
"It is important financially, especially after not having one last year," Daly said.
"It helps us for the whole year with things like accommodation."
The crowd can expect fights which are equal or better to what the finals of the Australian qualification weekend will offer.
Already Daly has locked in some great clashes.
"Rhys Evans will be fighting Luke Toope in the main fight," Daly said.
"Liam Nicolson looks like he will fight Clay Waterman, who was under-17 world champion.
"Clarence Mitchell is in the main junior fight against Sam Cameron-Hand and Dan Beahan we are looking to get a fight for him too, even if we have to fly someone from Sydney."