Big Top plan a knockout
By BOB ANTHONY
THE boxing tent is back ? and in a big way!
On Friday, May 12, Tweed-based boxing promoter Jamie Myer is bringing back the traditions and atmosphere of the old boxing tent by staging a pro-am fight night at the Aquatic Bar and Grill at Tweed Heads South.
While the tent is actually a giant state-of-the-art marquee seating 1000 people, Myer said the atmosphere at Boxing Under The Big Top would be unique.
The card features four professional bouts and will now also highlight up to eight amateurs in State Of Origin match-ups.
Boxers from the Tweed and Northern Rivers will line up against their counterparts from the Gold Coast and South East Queensland, with Myer making an effort to involve as many local fighters as possible.
Among those on the amateur card will be Gold Coast-based light heavyweight Ben Quarmby.
Quarmby, originally from Orange and a former under-14 world champion in karate, will be fighting only his third bout after switching to boxing about five months ago.
Training at the Fighting Fitness Gym at Tweed South, Quarmby is no stranger to fighting in unique locations, having had his first boxing match in an open-air ring on a football field in Orange.
He lost on a close points decision, but in his second match, in
Casino last Saturday won after forcing a stoppage about halfway through the second round.
Now trying to establish a profile and build a path towards professional boxing, Quarmby, under the guidance of gym owner John Robinson, can't wait for May 12.
Robinson has nominated four fighters from his gym for the amateur card. And while many of his charges may never have seen or even known of the famous travelling boxing tents of Jimmy Sharman or Fred Brophy, Robinson can actually lay claim to having fought in Sharman's tent.
"When we were kids in Orange and needed some show money, we would go into his tent, put on the gloves and have a go at each other and people would throw money," he said.
"A night like this will be great for the town and for the boxers, especially in terms of exposure."
The four professional fights will see Gavin Topp take on Nonoy Gonzales for the Asian Pacific Middleweight Title, Australian Super Middleweight Champion Jamie Pittman defending his title against NZ champion Damien McKinnon, Jamie Guy meeting Les Sherington in a light heavyweight clash and Sonni Michael Angelo taking on Damien Smith.
Promoter Myers said corporate tables were available,as well as a limited number of ringside seats.
For further information on ticketing, call (07) 5570 3288.