Fight Night II set to go

Iain Jacques shwoing determination two night's out from his bout at the Whitsunday PCYC.
Iain Jacques shwoing determination two night's out from his bout at the Whitsunday PCYC.


LET'S get ready to rumble.

The “storm” known to locals as Whitsunday Fight Night II Tropic Thunder, is just two sleeps away from brewing inside Whitsunday PCYC.

On Saturday night eight men of the Whitsundays will be out for glory in front of their home crowd.

Trainer Paul Barrett said that this team is the fittest he has ever put together.

“I've never seen an entire team that's this fit,” he said.

“These eight guys are hitting there physical and mental peak about now, it's an amazing thing to see a dedicated athlete at the peak of his ability.”

The athletes had their last sparring sessions during the week.

“Their bodies need time to recover from all the physical training they have done up until now,” Barrett said.

All up the team have been training for about six months for this one shot on Saturday night.

Among the boxing ranks is Whitsunday born and bred resident Brendan Ruge, fighting in his boxing debut in the super heavy weight division.

What started out as a means of getting into shape, has turned into much much more for this 28-year-old sugarcane industry employee.

He's taking it one punch at a time to control the nerves.

“It's the unexpected,” he said.

“I don't know what to expect in my first fight.”

“Plus the nerves of the home crowd as well.”

In adding to the spectacle of fight night, a couple of significant guests will be attending according to Barrett.

The trainer said it has been confirmed that Lincoln Lewis [Home and Away] will be attending the night, along with talent scout John V Pedro - President of King of the Cage (similar to UFC here in Australia).

This is the talent scout/trainer that gave Jamie TeHuna his leg up to UFC and Barrett has heard that he is here to approach Danny Zealand and Volcano Spain depending on their performance and crowd reaction.

Meanwhile Whitsunday PCYC will benefit from a $12,000 fighting ring suitable for ring sports such as boxing, wrestling and kickboxing.

Barrett said the ring has been constructed by local trades and business people volunteering their skills, with materials purchased as a result of businesses and the Whitsunday Boxing Club kicking the tin.

“There is no coincidence it will be ready three days before Fight Night II - Tropic Thunder,” Barrett said.

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