South Island’s best amateur boxers set to take to the ring

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Amateur boxers from throughout the South Island are preparing to fight it out in Timaru.
The annual Timaru Boxing Association Matched Boxing Tournament will be held at the Celtic Sports Hall on June 11, and 30 people have already registered their interest for the event.
Timaru Boxing Association coach John Ensor said the tournament had been held for half a century and was a chance for amateur boxers to get in the ring.
‘‘We’re hoping to have about 14 bouts,’’ Ensor said.
On show will be New Zealand title holder Joel Hill
(15) and fellow Timaru association members Alex Hannan, Hosea Watson and Junior Acero, as well as boxers from Nelson and Southland.
‘‘It will be a great spectator night. We always try to put on a good tourney.’’
Also in the ring will be the association’s 32kg, 10-yearold member Anaru ‘‘Stripes’’ Rasmussen, Ensor said.
The tournament was always a popular one, with plenty of action on show for people to see.
‘‘We’ve been running a tournament every year for well in excess of 50 years.
‘‘I’ve been here for 50 years and the tournament was being run before I turned up.’’
The association was originally based at the old Timaru brickworks site on College Rd.
‘‘We came here [to its Craigie Ave rooms] in 1965.’’
Ensor said the group was always looking for new members and anyone wanting more information was invited to attend its club nights on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm or contact John Ensor on 0274-493-768. – The Timaru Boxing Association Matched Boxing Tournament begins at 7pm. with door sales from 6pm. Admission is $15 for adults and children aged 15 and under are free.