Geraldton to host first boxing tournament in 18 years

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Amateur fighters Glen Mackin, Sam Clancy, Derek Goforth, Tristan Evans and Blake Giltrow are preparing to compete for next year’s boxing tournament in Geraldton.
Camera IconAmateur fighters Glen Mackin, Sam Clancy, Derek Goforth, Tristan Evans and Blake Giltrow are preparing to compete for next year’s boxing tournament in Geraldton. Credit: Geoff Vivian

Amateur pugilists all over Geraldton are training hard for the city’s first boxing tournament in 18 years.

Organiser Paul Barrett said Fight Night: Fists of Fury was aimed at entry-level competitors who had never competed in a tournament but had trained for up to three years.

Mr Barrett said the idea for the competition arose because he and fellow trainer Damien Molloy had had to travel to Perth and pay for two or three nights accommodation to participate in other tournaments.

“While an entry fee to compete in Perth is only $80 to $150, it’s costing us a thousand,” he said.

“So we thought ‘let’s try and get Geraldton on the map, get our own competition going, get some interest in the clubs’.

“It turns out there are six boxing clubs that are here in Geraldton and most of them were unknown to each other.”

The six clubs are Mr Barrett’s Geraldton Boxing Centre, Mr Molloy’s Cobra Martial Arts, Geraldton PCYC, SkyBox Studio, B-Sting Boxing and Fitness for U.

Mr Barrett said they would donate any profits to ATLAS Geraldton, an organisation that aims to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in mainstream sport, leisure and recreational activities.

Fight Night: Fists of Fury is scheduled for March 30 at Activewest Stadium in Wonthella.

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