For 20 local novice boxers, this week will be the longest they’ve felt for some time.
The second edition of the Fight 4 Victory corporate boxing fundraiser is this Saturday night at Saxton Stadium and the fighters say they can’t wait.
After three months of hard training, they will go face-to-face for the official weigh-in on Thursday night at McCashin’s Brewery, before finally going toe-to-toe on Saturday night.
A bout between an army sergeant and a police sergeant is the main event, but organiser Paul Hampton says there will be ten great fights throughout the night.
“We’re really happy with the match-ups, everyone’s been training really hard and working really hard so it will be quite a show.”
Tickets for the event are still available but the corporate tables sold out months ago. Paul says he’s hoping for a big crowd.
“We’re really lucky that the event is already a money maker with the number of corporate tables we sold, but it would be great to fill the stands as well and get a great atmosphere going. It really adds to it when there’s a vocal crowd.”
Paul says the focus for the boxers has definitely changed over the past week or so.
“They’re excited now. I think they’ve all been through the nerves but now they’re just looking forward to getting out there and actually doing it.”
The fight night will start with Nelson City councillor Tim Skinner taking on Wakefield’s Richard Malcolm.
Tim says he’s ready. “Feeling stronger than I’ve ever been really, even in my 20s. I’m now just really excited and now it’s just a case of putting it into practice.”
He says the hardest part was absorbing all the new information at the start. “Being a male, I’m not much of a multi-tasker, so to get my hands doing two different things at the same time and then you’ve got your feet and head to worry about as well. That’s probably been the hardest thing.”
Fight 4 Victory raises money for the Victory Boxing Charitable Trust.
General admission tickets are $35 and are available from the Theatre Royal, Richmond Mall, Nelson i-Site and at www.ticket direct.co.nz.