The Island Sands Boxing fight night was successful but Russell Thompson is asking sponsors to come on board to help with costs of travel to tournaments to ease the burden on local fighters.
The Island Sands Boxing fight night was successful but Russell Thompson is asking sponsors to come on board to help with costs of travel to tournaments to ease the burden on local fighters. Brenda Strong

Thompson fights to get sponsors

ISLAND Sands boxing coach Russell Thompson is hoping the local community and sponsors can get in the ring financially to help with costs associated with the club.

“We’ve got three state title holders here, and it’s hard for us to travel due to the cost,” Thompson said.

“The fights last weekend were excellent, the fighters put on a good show and it would be good to see a bit of financial support just to help out a little.”

If the young fighters are to continue to improve, they need to be able to get to tournaments and compete against other boxers, Thompson said.

“So, if there’s anyone out there with ideas on how to help, I’m willing to listen and take them on board,” he said.

Double the number of clubs turned up to the fight night, which is turning into an annual event.

Seven local fighters stepped into the ring at the Tannum Sands High School Performance Centre last Saturday night.

Spectators were treated to brothers Alex and Harry Chapman, the former now with a hat-trick of wins after defeating

Mackay’s Tyson Best.

Harry, the current 44.5kg Queensland champion, was explosive and had his eye firmly on the under 48kg title.

The fight was surely his best in his short career as he dispatched Matt Frid, and made history for the Island Sands Boxing Club.

Anthony Hill was back in the ring after a well-earned break and was a little stiff to come away with a draw, according to Thompson, as Hill landed many head and body blows on Brodie O’Malley.

Anyone wanting to assist financially with the Island Sands Boxing Club can contact Russell Thompson on 0429 437 918.



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