THE professional boxing night planned for the Whitsundays next weekend will go ahead as planned and will now be dedicated to the late Ria Plug.
Ria, the wife of event organiser Henk Plug, died suddenly yesterday morning.
She was a staunch supporter of all of her husband's boxing endeavours and everything else he ever chose to do in his life.
An emotional Mr Plug was adamant yesterday that the event planned for Saturday, October 30 would go ahead as a tribute to his “best mate of 48 years”.
His phone had been ringing constantly as the word continued to spread about the loss of Ria.
However, he said he needed to remain positive and that she would want the boxing night to be a great success.
World champion boxer Danny Green will be a special guest on the night and is a personal friend of the Plug family.
After several fighters pulled out of the fight night with injuries over the past two weeks, one fighter is determined to put on a show for all boxing enthusiasts in the Whitsundays.
Tim Kanoski is set to go head-to-head with Kashif Mumtaz in a much-anticipated super middleweight bout.
Kanoski said he was ready to make amends of his most recent loss in his first ever 12 round fight.
“I'm pumped now,” the 22-year-old said.
“I'm looking forward to going to Airlie and fighting.”
Kanoski also spoke very highly of his opponent who he believed was a very talented fighter.
“I give him all the credit in the world,” he said.
“He goes in for anyone and only fights the best.”
IBO Asia/Pacific vice president Phil Austin has also thrown his support behind the fight night in the region.
He said it was a credit to the organisers of the event to have secured the quality boxers for the night.
“I think it's fantastic that Henk has got some fighters of this calibre in the Whitsundays,” he said.
“It's because of Henk's standing in the boxing community that has gotten them the help he needed for it to all come together.
“Everyone has rallied around it.”
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