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by Claire Allison

A sellout crowd will be watching Timaruvians don boxing gloves and celebrity personas for the Aspect Sports Trust’s charity fight night on Saturday.

Tickets to the event, held every second year to raise funds for the trust, sold out within two hours this year, and organisers had no problem filling the programme of 18 boxers sizing up for two two-minute bouts in the ring, trustee Nigel Davenport said.

“We have a list as long as your arm from people each year after each event who are willing to put their hands up.”

The trust financially supports young athletes from the region who have either full New Zealand representative status or New Zealand development status.

The fight night, to be held at the Southern Trust Events Centre, raises funds through the sale of 40 corporate tables of 10, 10 bar leaners of six and 650 general admission tickets. Boxers are also asked to raise at least $600 each.

“We’ve got well over 1000 people coming, and the boxers themselves have raised nearly $24,000 between them.”

Entertainment was the main aim of the night, boxers choosing their fighting names, costumes and entrance music and the scene being set with a light show, lasers and smoke machines.

District councillor Steve Wills, who had a background in boxing, would referee, a doctor would be on site and all boxers taking part received formal training before the event, Mr Davenport said.