Fighters give all in life-changing journey to ring

THE journey was long and tough for the 20 locals who faced off in the ring last night at the annual Fight for Life Ed Gisborne, and all left nothing in the tank.

Seven fights and three exhibition matches, governed by judges, referees and timekeepers from East Coast Boxing Association, entertained a packed-out Showgrounds Event Centre.

The evening was, literally, a hit. The atmosphere was electric with a sea of Red and Blue team supporters cheering on from each corner.

For weeks these boxing novices trained almost every day for the Life Education Trust fundraiser. For many the journey was life-changing.

The Patu Tahi Boxing Club Blue Team won the first two fights. Jamie Lee “The Grimm” Reader was victorious over Tori “Tornado” Walker from the Gisborne City Hit Pit Red Team. Callum “The Muppet” Innes defeated Clive “Iron Fist” Ireland.

Both were unanimous decisions.

The third fight was an exhibition bout between Wairoa’s Sheldyn Campbell for Red and Blue team’s Michelle “The Smiling Swiss Assassin” Gerber.

Bout four saw two from the Blue team go head to head — Matt “Golden gloves” Andrews beating Arish “Jawbreaker” Naresh.

Intensity increased when crowd favourites Kelly “Swann-derwoman” Ferris (Blue) and Charlotte “The Pitbull” Powdrell (Red) took the ring

In the first split decision of the night, Powdrell was judged the winner.

Bouts six and seven were exhibition fights but nonetheless intense.

Miha “The Lethal Weapon” Crawford (Blue) took on Hamish “The Hit Man” White (Red), followed by Kelly “Killa-Bee” Brock(Blue) against Wairoa’s Hinemoa Hubbard (Red).

Red team won the final three fights.

Jody “Bone” Tuhaka beat Jamie “Sugar Ray” Grace, Wanita “The Tuhoe-minator” Tuwairua-Brown defeated Latoya “The Destroyer” Moran and in a thrilling showdown, Paul “The Boss” Graham overcame Leon “Lights Out” Peri.

THE journey was long and tough for the 20 locals who faced off in the ring last night at the annual Fight for Life Ed Gisborne, and all left nothing in the tank.

Seven fights and three exhibition matches, governed by judges, referees and timekeepers from East Coast Boxing Association, entertained a packed-out Showgrounds Event Centre.

The evening was, literally, a hit. The atmosphere was electric with a sea of Red and Blue team supporters cheering on from each corner.

For weeks these boxing novices trained almost every day for the Life Education Trust fundraiser. For many the journey was life-changing.

The Patu Tahi Boxing Club Blue Team won the first two fights. Jamie Lee “The Grimm” Reader was victorious over Tori “Tornado” Walker from the Gisborne City Hit Pit Red Team. Callum “The Muppet” Innes defeated Clive “Iron Fist” Ireland.

Both were unanimous decisions.

The third fight was an exhibition bout between Wairoa’s Sheldyn Campbell for Red and Blue team’s Michelle “The Smiling Swiss Assassin” Gerber.

Bout four saw two from the Blue team go head to head — Matt “Golden gloves” Andrews beating Arish “Jawbreaker” Naresh.

Intensity increased when crowd favourites Kelly “Swann-derwoman” Ferris (Blue) and Charlotte “The Pitbull” Powdrell (Red) took the ring

In the first split decision of the night, Powdrell was judged the winner.

Bouts six and seven were exhibition fights but nonetheless intense.

Miha “The Lethal Weapon” Crawford (Blue) took on Hamish “The Hit Man” White (Red), followed by Kelly “Killa-Bee” Brock(Blue) against Wairoa’s Hinemoa Hubbard (Red).

Red team won the final three fights.

Jody “Bone” Tuhaka beat Jamie “Sugar Ray” Grace, Wanita “The Tuhoe-minator” Tuwairua-Brown defeated Latoya “The Destroyer” Moran and in a thrilling showdown, Paul “The Boss” Graham overcame Leon “Lights Out” Peri.

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