Fists of fury unleashed against mayor

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Feao Ofa is ready to rip into Shane Van Styn at the Fists of Fury II charity boxing match in March.
Camera IconFeao Ofa is ready to rip into Shane Van Styn at the Fists of Fury II charity boxing match in March. Credit: Peter Sweeney, The Geraldton Guardian

Feao Ofa — or Eric to his mates — will soon be the envy of many.

The Geraldton wharf worker is going to whack Geraldton mayor Shane Van Styn.

Legally, of course.

“I’ve never boxed in my life, but I’m no stranger to the fighting scene, if you know what I mean,” Ofa, 37, said.

The Tongan-New Zealander will come face to face with Van Styn in Fists of Fury II at Activewest Stadium on March 28.

Theirs will be the box-office hit in a fight night where profits go to ATLAS (Access To Leisure and Sport) for people with a disability and to Cystic Fibrosis WA.

A mountain of a man, who hits the scales at 128kg and stands at 190cm, Ofa is a gentle giant — though players from opposing sides in the Perth rugby union competition would not agree.

Shane Van Styn working hard with sparring partner Craig Kolters.
Camera IconShane Van Styn working hard with sparring partner Craig Kolters. Credit: Peter Sweeney, The Geraldton Guardian

He is a star with the Tiger Sharks and is pretty hard to stop, let along bring to the ground.

Next month, he will be in Thailand playing for a representative side in the Bangkok International Rugby 10s championship.

“Looking forward to it,” Ofa, who is married with three children and a foster child, said. But he is looking forward to Fists of Fury II more.

“Shane and I have met, we get on well, maybe not on the night. I was approached about fighting Shane,” Ofa said.

“I’m mainly doing it because it’s for charity — and I’m also wanting to promote the Tiger Sharks.”

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