Sport

Huge 14-fight boxing card

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October 18, 2017

Last year was big with 10 bouts and about 500 spectators. But this year's Murray River Rumble this Saturday night with a ClubMulwala Auditorium Festival Hall transformation consists of 14 fights.

Last year there was one local boxer, Jack Moore. Six locals, including 16-year-old Jack who will fight Tom Mercuri of Sydney - son of famous boxer and trainer Tom Mercuri - for the four by three-minute rounds NSW Title, will feature on the program.

Other locals fighting are 45-year-old Richard Ferguson (light heavyweight), Ethan Gough, 18, 75kg, Zac Connell 18, 75kg, Mick Abikhiar 48, 70kg, Corey Phillips 18, 65kg and 14-year-old Flynn Fletcher who will contest the 52kg category. Jack Moore's fight is in the 63.5kg category.

A rematch of the fight-of-the-night last year between the only two females, Enya Priest from Dubbo and Wodonga's Nicole Chapman will take place.

ClubMulwaIa's Auditorium will become the old Festival Hall Melbourne boxing type event, with tremendous atmosphere.

Boxers from Sydney, Bathurst, Parkes, Mansfield, Albury/Wodonga and Wahgunyah, trainers and fight fans will converge on the auditorium.

Plenty of locals will be there and are encouraged to see first-hand the local talent on display.

"We have six fighters who will give their all," head coach Matt (Camel) Kennedy told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.

"Their training's been phenomenal the hours they've put in. It's all going to show out on the night. Hopefully all family members and friends - fight fans in general - will come along and cheer them, really support them.

"Obviously Dick's (Richard Ferguson) is stepping into the ring for the Toms family following the passing away of Lilly Toms. Proceeds from the night will go the Toms family."

Two Albury Thunder Rugby players will make their boxing debut. "They are good, tough boys looking to have their first bout which will surely impress the crowd," Kennedy said.

"This will be our third Murray River Rumble and it will be a huge night. The atmosphere will be electric. There'll be a big buzz soon after the doors open at 6.30pm in the build up to the first fight."

It will also be the third year running for ringside girl Tegan Renau of Yarrawonga. "It's a great fun night, awesome atmosphere and a great reason for charity (the Toms family)," the superbly fit 33-year-old wife to husband Luke and mother of two said.

Tegan works out every day in the Murray River Boxing Club in Mulwala and loves the stage work. "Being ringside gives you self esteem being up there on stage. Obviously I train with the boys. It's a family environment and you feel like part of the team."

Tegan's sister, Shas Stevenson of Yarrawonga and Cobram's Brooke Tate are the other two ringside girls.

The highly respected local head boxing coach Camel, his supporting coaches Kyle Archibald and Nick Davis, and local police sergeant Grant Churchin who does a lot of behind-the-scenes work, expressed their appreciation to ClubMulwala, Judds Mensland Yarrawonga and the Yarrawonga Chronicle for their support of the Murray River Rumble.

Camel emphasised to fight fans: "Go along to ClubMulwala this Saturday for a big night of boxing - the best you'll see from the southern Riverina and north-east Victorian - and support our local boys." Doors open 6.30pm.

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