The Golden Gloves brought fighters from all over the South Island to Dixon’s Boxing in Richmond. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Amateur boxing returns to region

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Some of the most promising young boxers in the South Island descended on Richmond at the weekend to fight for the coveted Golden Gloves crown.

Organiser Randall Dixon says Nelson’s first amateur boxing event in nearly a decade was a resounding success.

“We got some great feedback, everyone loved the venue., we had a full house in the afternoon and the crowd were right into it.”

He says every fight was a battle and a crowd-pleaser.

Reichen Scott and Christine Gillespie each won open titles unopposed while Christine took part in an exhibition bout with an opponent 12kg heavier.

“She was itching to get out and compete in front of a home crowd and she was outstanding giving away so much weight, I am very proud of the way she went.”

Randall says his team did an outstanding job.