IT will be a big couple of days for Tweed boxers when they participate in bouts on both sides of the border starting tonight.
At the Southport RSL tonight, the Tweed Coast's 'Cabarita Cyclone' Casey Hannan makes his professional debut as a welterweight (67 kg) against Queensland number five, Mhelvin Hernandez.
Hannan, 20 - based out of the Tweed PCYC - is one of the area's real 'crowd pleasers' and is the current Queensland Golden Gloves and NSW North Coast amateur champion.
He has notched up an 11 win - 4 loss record in the unpaid ranks.
His opponent tonight, 'Sugarfoot' Hernandez, based in Cairns, was born in Manila and has faced some of the best fighters in the country including Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Justin Kane and PABA title challenger, Brad Hemming in his eight-bout professional career.
“Everyone Mhelvin has fought have been champions or fought for titles,” Tweed PCYC boxing trainer Tony Nobbs said.
“In the pro game it's a different story and Casey's having his first fight, while Mhelvin's been in with some good fighters.
“Being a Filipino he can punch and is tough so we certainly haven't underestimated him.”
Hannan has sparred with Les Sherrington, the WBA number 15 super middleweight (76 kg) in the world over the past month.
“It's been great experience getting in there with Les,” Hannan said.
“He's bashed me a few times, so I'm looking forward to getting in there with someone my own size.”
Sherrington will also be fighting on the same card tonight at Southport which is being promoted by Tweed Heads boxing promoter Jamie Myer.
This will be Hannan's first fight for the year, having gone to battle 14 times in 2008.
“It's been a while since I fought. I'm a bit nervous but they tell me that's good. I've trained hard so I hope it's a good fight” the apprentice electrician said.
The Hannan-Hernandez four rounder will be the first of Myer's six bout card headlined by Alex Leapai - Col Wilson for the WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title, scheduled for 12 rounds.
Also making their professional debuts on the night are 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jarrod Fletcher, who fights Vai Aki from New Zealand at super middleweight and the Paul Briggs trained Tommy Sremezi, who faces Ariel Barratillo, the brother of former world title challenger Arnel, at welterweight.
Tomorrow night, the focus will shift to the Condong Bowls Club where the Murwillumbah Boxing Club will be staging a 12 bout evening which include boxers form the club as well as two of Nobbs' charges from the Tweed PCYC.
Lightweight (60 kg) Tom Strain, 17, fights the main event against Casino's Luke Allan over three by three minute rounds and novice light heavyweight (81 kg) Travis Chambers, 25, is rematched with the experienced Jake Suter .
Chambers, in just his third bout, upset Suter (21 wins from 32 bouts) at the last Condong fight night on May 9 and Suter, who plans to turn professional soon, wants revenge.
They will not be the only boxers making their debut on the night with Murwillumbah fighters Darcy Lejuge, 18, in the ring for his first fight against Aaron Saper in the 65kg division and Joshua Lock fighting in the 60kg divisions.
Doors to the Condong Bowls Club open at 6pm tomorrow night with the first bout set down for 7pm.