Crowd favourite: Locally-trained Joebert Delos Reyes, left, is hitting Narrabri’s Anytime Fitness this week as he prepares for Saturday’s fight night in town. He is pictured with former Australian and Pan-Asian cruiserweight champion, Daniel Rowsell, trainer Richard Dumaluan and ITC National’s Ben Finnegan.
Momentum is building towards this weekend’s boxing extravaganza, as the Narrabri’s Crossing Theatre prepares to host another huge fight night.
Coined the ‘Battle in the Bri’, this year’s event is expected to be even bigger than the last, with five pro fights arranged, two of which are WBA title belt bouts.
That should draw an international audience, with all the action in the purpose-built ring being beamed live all around the world via the internet come this Saturday night.
Again bringing the event to town is local business ITC National, with boxing enthusiasts Peter Briggs and Ben Finnegan the brains behind the big night.
The pair have been kept busy in making the night another big success for the town but are also mindful of using the featured event as a way of giving back to the community.
All proceeds raised from memorabilia auctions, a charity fight and raffles from the ‘Battle in the Bri’ night will be donated to Narrabri and District Community Aid Service (NDCAS) and The Women’s Refuge Narrabri.
The local Women’s Refuge provides emergency accommodation to women and children who are homeless as a result of domestic violence.
Former Moree Olympic boxer turned-pro, Cameron ‘The Hammer’ Hammond, will be the featured match of the night, putting his WBA Oceania Welterweight belt on the line.