Fighters prepare to throw down

LOCAL fighters are busily preparing for Saturday's card after recording strong results at recent fight nights across the region.

Under the tutelage of trainer Graham Wallace, Richard Harvey has kicked off his career with two impressive wins in the 69kg weight class.

Harvey scored a win on the Joe Williams fight night at Cowra before heading to Nyngan a couple of weeks ago and beating Parkes fighter Tom Batson on points in a 3x2 minute round contest.

Heavyweight Mark Prince, who has been working out with Lenny Bateup at Insane Boxing Gym, made his debut against Adi Spicer from Parkes on the same Nyngan card.

In a classic stand-up bout between two big boys, Spicer stopped Prince in the third round.

According to Wallace, both men have a future in the sport.

"Big Mark Prince, even though he was stopped, showed a bit and Lenny will continue to work with him," Wallace said.

"Richard has two wins from two fights now so he has started well but he has a long way to go.

"If he keeps working hard and having a good attitude, then he will continue to improve."

Promoters Robert Toomey and John Halford and Dubbo RSL Memorial Club will host a fight night this Saturday night from 6.30pm, with Wallace and Bateup continuing to prepare their charges ahead of the home-town event. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children.

Boxing is making a resurgence in the central west, with Wallace claiming the recent Nyngan event was one of the best cards he has been to in years.

"There were 16 fights in total, with 12 Nyngan fighters involved, and they had two female fights as well," he said.

"It was a close night and they even had to turn people away from the venue, such was the popularity of the event."

Wallace and Bateup are currently conducting training sessions at Insane Boxing Gym on Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm for anybody interested.

"It's not just for fighters, it might be that someone wants to do a bit of fitness or learn some self defence," he said.

"Anybody that wants to come along is more than welcome."


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