Boxing coaches Tracey Ann Orlowski, Randall Dixon and Dion Hall with a handful of local fighters gearing up for the South Island Golden Gloves. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Amateur boxers ready to rumble

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After a decade between bouts, amateur boxing will return to Nelson this month.

The South Island Golden Gloves will be held at Dixon’s Boxing Gym in Richmond with almost sixty fights on the card.

Randall Dixon says he hopes the event will be the first of many as he looks to bring amateur boxing back to the region.

“Without the amateurs rolling we don’t have a corporate or pro event, we are wanting to run a tournament twice a year, shared between Whakatu and Dixon’s.”

Randall says there is a plethora of young talent just needing the opportunity to compete.

“Our gyms are packed with youth wanting to get out there, so we want to give these kids an opportunity in front of a home crowd.”

The Golden Gloves will run from October 24-26.

Tracey Ann Orlowski says it’s been a lot of hard work getting to this point but with the date getting close things are getting exciting.

“All the fighters are pumped.”

Tracey says among the spectators will be talent scouts looking for fighters to compete in the national edition of the Golden Gloves.

Whakatu coach Dion Hall says nothing beats fighting in front of your home crowd.

Both gyms will boast plenty of firepower with novice Golden Glove champions among the fighters.

A number will also be stepping inside the ropes for the first-time including Tracey’s ten-year-old daughter Sailor Orlowski.

“She’s been training hard and deserves a shot, I think she will scare a lot of girls,” says Dion.

The weekend will feature fighters form Marlborough, Kaikoura, Waikawa, Dixon’s, Whakatu and Victory Boxing.