Crusoe Bower.
Crusoe Bower. John Gass

Robbie v Bower: the rematch

THE Ding-Dong in Condong tonight between Tweed Stingrays boxer Josh Robbie and Murwillumbah powerhouse Cruiso Bower promises to be a memorable rematch.

When the pair stood toe to toe at Condong Bowls Club last year, “Rubberman” Robbie survived a rough opening round before bouncing back to win a comfortable decision.

Since then, both men have gone undefeated to produce identical records of four wins and one loss coming into the anticipated rematch.

However, Stingrays trainer and Tweed Daily News columnist Tony Nobbs said the two warriors' styles couldn't be more different.

“At 188cm, Robbie is lankier and your more long-range, orthodox boxer,” Nobbs said.

“Bower is the brawnier and he's your come-forward, southpaw banger.”

Robbie and Bower battle over four two-minute rounds, with an agreed weight limit of 73kg, two kilograms below the middleweight limit.

Robbie, who usually fights as a 69kg welterweight, has his sights on this year's Queensland Novice Championships in May.

But such is Bower's improvement, he also knows he will have to fight even better than in their first encounter, where the rivalry began.

Robbie-Bower 2 headlines what trainer and promoter Stuart Stone believes will be an entertaining fight night.

“Fans can expect a top night of fights,” Stone said.

“There are several very talented local performers set to showcase their skills against some handy guys.”

The main support match features two “out of towners” in Lismore's Justin Small and Guyra's Michael Hamilton, who is the New England 64kg light welterweight champion.

The undercard, too, is filled with Tweed talent.

Murwillumbah's 57kg Jake Simpkins will be out to put on another winning display after being victorious in his debut last year and Tumbulgum pair Brendan Strong and Tom Cloherty are also raring to go.

Boxers from as far afield as Cessnock and Toowoomba are weighing in, with the Brisbane City Boxing Club bringing a team of five, including world junior championship bronze medallist Timacoy Williams.

Doors open 6pm and the first fight is at 7pm, with admission costing just $10.



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