Fight night is coming
FIGHT nights had a long absence in the Whitsunday events calendar prior to October last year but returned with a boom when the PCYC was packed to the rafters with eager boxing fans.
Although organisers got most things right on that night, there were some teething problems and some mistakes to be learned from.
One of those was the confusion that surrounded the purchase of tickets for kids under 18.
Many tickets were bought in the lead up to fight night by under age kids and to their surprise, they were then locked out by security guards on the night due to licensing laws.
Organisers of fight night acknowledged their mistake and ensured that everyone who was locked out was issued with a full refund.
Brian Edwards' 17-year-old daughter was one of the devastated fans to miss out and Mr Edwards wrote a letter to the editor at the Whitsunday Times to raise his disappointment for the way the ticketing system had unfolded.
To his credit, one of the driving forces behind the success of the event, Paul Barrett, responded in the following edition of the Times, promising to give Mr Edwards and his family free tickets to the next fight night.
On Tuesday, he showed he was a man of his word, personally giving Mr Edwards a family pass to May 22's Fight Night 2, Tropical Thunder.
He has also ensured that there will be no repeat of the ticketing confusion with limited seats available in a ‘no alcohol' section.
Tropical Thunder is shaping to be even bigger and better than October's fight night with 10 quality fights on the card featuring boxers from the Whitsundays and one of Sydney's most productive gyms, in Penrith.
The Penrith gym is bringing along a healthy crowd to ensure Whitsunday pugilists don't have a mortgage on home crowd support.
Also coming along for the ride is one of the Penrith gym's favourite sons, UFC star Jamie Te Huna, who will introduce the MMA bout.
And returning for next month's event is Fox Sports boxing announcer James White who enjoyed October's event so much he decided to return.
Tickets are now on sale from the PCYC and are $50 for adults and $30 for children.
Kids' tickets are limited to 100 and there are also 50 family passes on sale for $130 each, which gets you two adult and two children tickets.