MORE than a thousand people ventured to the Whitsunday Sports Park for the Trouble in Paradise fight night on Saturday night.
Organiser Henk Plug had originally hoped for at least two thousand people to fill the stands on the night to ensure the Whitsunday PCYC and local sporting clubs received as much money as possible for their future endeavours.
With just over a thousand people turning out for the event, Plug was sure funds would be raised from the event.
Despite the numbers not meeting Plug's high expectations, he said he thought the night was a great success.
“I reckon we had an enormous success,” he said.
“Numbers were down due to unforseen circumstances in the past 10 days so with more publicity we would've gotten a lot more people there.
“There were some magnificent fights on the night and it just proves that if you put on events like this with quality athletes, the community will get behind it.”
In what was the first ever professional fight night to be held in the Whitsundays, boxing enthusiasts travelled from near and far to witness boxing at its best, with a great mixture of amateur and professional bouts.
The appearance of special guest and boxing world champion Danny Green also added to the atmosphere.
The night featured two amateur bouts and five professional bouts with all bar one going the distance and decided by a point's decision.
Boxing match-maker Patrick Kennedy said he was pleased with the fights on the night and believed there was potential for more professional fight nights in the future.
“It was very positive and I think there's enough support for at least two fight nights up there every year,” he said.
Tourism Whitsundays Chief Executive Officer Peter O'Reilly also applauded the event organisers for their professionalism and enthusiasm in running the event.
“Hosting this standard of event in the region is a huge benefit to our local economy and in time could be a major drawcard from visitors within driving distance and boxing fans around the world,” he said.
- Lachlan Hinchcliff (Rockhampton) def. Chris Stedman (Cairns) on a point's decision
- Craig Korn (Whitsunday PCYC) def. James Eyles (Whitsunday PCYC) who retired injured
- Lightweight bout – 4 rounds
Brendan Batty def. Beau Callaghan on a unanimous point's decision
- Light Heavyweight bout – 4 rounds
Barry Dunnet def. Jason Steward on a split point's decision
- Light Heavyweight bout – 6 rounds
Marco Bargero def. Adam Wilcox on a unanimous point's decision
- Queensland Middleweight Title fight – 8 rounds
Tim Kanofski def. Will Hadlow on a unanimous point's decision
- WBO Asia Pacific Junior Welterweight Title – 12 rounds
Steve Wills def. Denkamol Kiatchanachai with a KO in round 2
WHAT THEY SAID ? ? ?
- Organiser Henk Plug – I reckon we had a huge success and it just shows that Airlie Beach can do this. It was a showcase of top boxing in the region.
- Boxing match-maker Patrick Kennedy – I was happy with the fights. It was very positive and I think there’s enough support for at least two fight nights up there every year.
- IBO Cruiserweight world champion Danny Green – All in all it was a great success and it’s got the potential to be something big. It took me back to the days when I first started.
- Boxing trainer Angelo Hyder – I think it went unbelievably well, it’s pretty much as good as it gets. There was a good mixture of amateur’s and pro’s and I’d give it [another fight night] as much support as I can.
- WBO Asia Pacific Junior Welterweight champion Steve Wills – It’s the best venue ever, I want to fight here again. I’d fight for free up here anytime.
- Professional boxer Mike Wilson – It’s a beautiful turnout, a beautiful venue and there are great fans.
- Whitsunday PCYC branch manager sergeant John Dickinson – It was a pretty good night for those that attended. From what I heard everyone was happy with what went on.
- Tourism Whitsundays Chief Executive Officer Peter O’Reilly – The grandstand and boxing ring set up was fantastic for both the corporate tables and general public viewing and the whole event was run so well and for such a good cause.
- Boxing enthusiast/trainer Chris Doblo – As a boxing fan I was over the moon. For people that aren’t aware, as far as amateur fights, that’s as good as it gets.
- Amateur boxer Craig Korn – It was a great night and I’d like to do again. A few more locals in the lead up would be good but it was good having the quality of fights here too.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.