AFTER months of preparation, the highly anticipated ‘Trouble in Paradise' fight night is only two days away.
On Saturday night, 10 professional boxers, four amateur boxers, a doctor, an umpire, three judges and a crowd of thousands are set to fill a packed Whitsunday Sports Park for one of the region's biggest sporting events of the year. Months of tireless negotiations with boxers and their trainers sums up the life of boxing match-maker Patrick Kennedy who said he can not wait for the ringside bell to ring on Saturday night.
Kennedy has had the responsibility over the past three months to secure the best 10 fighters available to fight on the ‘Trouble in Paradise' fight card.
Kennedy said despite having to change several of the boxing match-ups originally scheduled for the night, he was confident the boxers would not disappoint.
“Despite some problems and people pulling out it's a great fight card,” Kennedy said.
“We've got a good mixture of experienced fighters and young fighters which makes for some intriguing fights.
“I now just hope the people of Airlie Beach and the region get behind it and I hope it can be as successful as we've envisaged.”
WBO Asia Pacific Junior Welterweight Title – 12 rounds
Record: 13-0-2 (7 KOs)
Trainer: Angelo Hyder
Record: 11-1 (5 KOs)
Match-makers view – This is an intriguing fight where number 11 WBO world ranked Steve Wills makes his third defence of this title. Wills is yet to fight this year due to a serious knee injury. Will he be fit enough if the fight goes into the later rounds? And, how will his troublesome knee react to the rigours of a boxing match?
Queensland Super Middleweight Title – 8 rounds
Trainer: Geoff Kanofski
Trainer: Les Wilson
Match-makers view – This is the fight of the night. Two battle-hardened warriors fighting it out for the pride and the Queensland Title. Kanofski is young and fresh, yet he has been boxing all of his life. On the other hand, Hadlow is the ultimate tough-guy taking on all-comers at the drop of a hat.
Light Heavyweight Bout - 6 rounds
Record: 41-15-4 (10 KOs)
Trainer: Angelo Hyder
Record: 12-14-1 (7 KOs)
Trainer: Jamie Saunders
Match-makers view – This fight sees veteran boxer Marc Bargero take on the UK's MMA and kickboxing legend Adam Wilcox. Bargero, 41, is enjoying his return to the sport after a three year break and said he is better than ever. Wilcox though is out to make a name for himself after basing himself in Australia earlier this year.
Light Heavyweight Bout - 4 rounds
Trainer: Bob Mirovic
Record: 1-3 (1 KO)
Trainer: Steve Smith
Match-makers view – Trained by the legendary Bob Mirovic, Jason Steward will make his professional debut against Brisbane's John Boyd. Boyd on the other hand has had a few fights cancelled lately and will be looking to take his frustrations out on the newcomer.
Lightweight Bout – 4 rounds
Record: 15-21 (10 KOs)
Record: 6-1 (3 KOs)
Trainer: Brad Callaghan
Match-makers view – The old bull versus the young bull. Batty, 32, has had a lot of experience and needs to win this fight to have a chance at the Australian Lightweight Title. While at just 22, Callaghan is looking to knock Batty off his perch and take his place.
Trouble in Paradise
- What: Boxing fight night in the Whitsundays
- When: Saturday, October 30 – doors open at 5pm, fights start at 7pm (spectators are urged to arrive as early as possible)
- Where: The Whitsunday Sports Park (netball courts)
- Cost: Adults $60, children $30, families $150
- Tickets sold at: Whitsunday PCYC, Jubilee Tavern, Seabreeze, Reef Gateway Hotel, Airlie Paradise Printing, LEW.More information: contact the Whitsunday PCYC on 4948 1144
- Transport: Whitsunday transit will be running ‘free' express buses for all fight night goers (show your ticket when boarding)
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