Ben Kelleher with Anton Zafir on his right, following his victory.
Ben Kelleher with Anton Zafir on his right, following his victory. Peter Carruthers

Fight Night 5 rain-affected but an 'amazing experence'

NUMBERS at Airlie Beach Fight Night 5 at the Whitsunday Sailing Club were seriously affected by the wet weather.

Luke Anderson estimated as many as 500 people stayed at home rather than be ring side on Friday night.

Despite this, Anderson said considering the weather it was a good turnout.

"It was good to see a lot of the locals supporting us. Honesty we couldn't have had a better outcome considering how bad the rain was," he said.

The high point of the night for Anderson was seeing Ben Kelleher returning to the ring after breaking his leg at last year's Airlie Beach Fight Night, and seeing him win.

"That was highlight for me and it's good to see all the local fighters getting into it and the local community supporting the event."

Kelleher said winning his bout against experienced boxer Alan Grigolon was a form of redemption.

"I got to jump back in the ring after having a bad time last time I was in Airlie Beach," he said.

 "To come back and show people that you can return from something like that was pretty cool for me."

 Owner and head coach at Whitsunday Martial Arts Anton Zafir said his gym took five wins from eight bouts.

"We are very happy with the result," he said.

Zafir agreed with Anderson that the weather did affect the turn out but overall he said it "was an amazing night".

"The experience was awesome."


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