GLOVING UP: The Queensland Masters Boxing Tiles gets underway at Kirra Sports club on Friday
GLOVING UP: The Queensland Masters Boxing Tiles gets underway at Kirra Sports club on Friday Contributed

Boxing titles bring masters to Tweed

MORE than 130 masters boxers won’t be pulling any punches when the ADIDAS Queensland Masters Boxing Titles get under way at Kirra Sports Club on Friday.

Featuring men and women boxers aged between 34 and 80 from throughout Australia and New Zealand, competition will be fierce during the titles, which run through until Sunday.

Australian Masters boxing champion and Tweed Heads Boxing Club owner Jack Boote said the titles would be “massive”, with a number of quality boxers taking part.

“Competition ranges from flyweight right up to unlimited, which is 101kilos and above,” Boote said.

“There’ll be a couple of ex-professionals, a former captain of the 2006 Commonwealth Games boxing team, and it’ll just be an unreal event.”

Originally from New Zealand, Boote has boxed at amateur and professional level, won an Australian Masters Boxing Championship in October, and runs the Tweed Heads Boxing Club out of Border Boxing and Fitness Centre in Tweed Heads.

He will compete in the heavyweight 91kg open class and said he was “pretty confident” going into his match.

“The opponent I’ve got has had plenty of fights and will be tough, but I’ve got a plan,” Boote said.

Another competitor strapping on the gloves is 46-year-old Victorian novice and cancer survivor Julie Hoffman, who will step into the ring for her first fight just two weeks after her latest surgery.

Boote said Hoffman – who has dropped 20kg in six months – was ready to fight on Saturday night, serving as a reminder of the inspiration sport can provide.

General admission tickets are available at the door and cost $20 daily or $50 for a three-day pass.

Tables for Friday and Saturday night sessions include dinner and drinks, but ringside tables for Saturday night are fully booked.

Event details are available by visiting Masters Boxing Australia or by phoning Jack Boote on 0404134530.



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