Casey Cyclone Hannan, preparing for Friday nights fight at Coolangatta/Tweed Golf Club
Casey Cyclone Hannan, preparing for Friday nights fight at Coolangatta/Tweed Golf Club

Cyclone hits

IT’S not often these days punters shower sportsmen in money to show their appreciation, but that’s exactly what happened to Tweed Heads PCYC newcomer “Cyclone” Casey Hannan when he made his debut last year. In the spirit of the fight tents of old, the 19-year-old electrician from Cabarita and his opponent, Brisbane’s Mathew Harman, were “showered” in $134. “It was one of the best amateur fights I’ve seen on the North Coast,” said Hannan’s trainer Tony Nobbs said. “Showers in the amateurs are very rare these days, and to get that amount was incredible, but they both deserved every cent.” After just missing out on his maiden win, Hannan is back in one of the main amateur bouts on Jamie Myer’s Home Grown pro-am fight card at Tweed-Coolangatta Golf Club this Friday night. He is stepping up in both weight division and experience to face tough Murwillumbah middleweight Kris Mathieson. “Kris is very willing. He’s a bigger bloke, older than Casey and he’s won two fights, and his two losses have been to another of my boxers, Trevor Jacky,” Nobbs said “Trev is a better boxer than %Casey, but Case is really all nuts and guts and goes straight at it from the get-go. “I would have liked to get him an easier fight, but you’ve got to take what is available. “We couldn’t get him a fight at 70 kilos, so we’ve had to go up to 75.” “I thought Casey might have just nicked it, but it was such a great fight you couldn’t complain. It was one of those fights where neither bloke deserved to lose. “I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s another shower because I know Kris will have a real go.” Hannan’s gym mate Jacky will also be on the bill, with organiser Stuart Stone expecting eight amateur bouts preceding the three-fight pro bill, headlined by the international super middleweight (76.20 kg) clash between current Australian champ Les Sherrington and Thai number one Somchai Chimlum. In other pro fights, Will Hadlow meets Matt Shaw at super middleweight and Currumbin’s Lowen Hardy faces Sydney’s Stuart Edds at light welterweight (63.50 kg). “Jamie Myer wants to get boxing back on the Tweed in a big way, and I think this show will go a long way to doing that,” Nobbs said. “We have had some top fighters, like Dick Blair, Aub Phillips, Johnny Slockee, Kevin Johnson in the past. Hopefully we can get a few more coming through.” The fights start at 7pm (DST). Tickets are available from the golf club reception from $30 (standing) to $65 (allocated seating) or at the door. Call (07) 5524 4544.



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