Baff's Games dream
By STEVE ARCHBOLD
COMMONWEALTH Games aspirant Daniel Baff will headline what promises to be Coffs Harbour's biggest ever night of boxing on Friday, April 22.
Coffs Ex-Services Club will host up to 10 fights, including four professional bouts supported by a strong amateur card.
Terry Baff, in association with Roy Alexander from Round One Promotions, is hoping to entice New Zealand Olympic Games 81kg representative Sol Ponsenberry to Coffs Harbour for an exciting match-up with Daniel Baff.
Terry said Daniel, who is aiming to be included in the Australian Commonwealth Games squad for Melbourne 2006 to be announced later this year, would be out to impress local boxing fans with a strong display.
It was Daniel's win over Ponsenberry, where he damaged his right hand which had a major bearing in his failed bid to make the Australian Olympic Games team to Athens.
Baff, whose next major bout will be in the Darwin Arafura Games, was forced to miss the Australian Institute of Sport's tour to Europe as they could not match any opponents in his weight division.
Among the other professional bouts on the April 22 program will be Justin Clements, of Coffs Harbour, taking on Queensland's Glen Fitzpatrick for the Australian light heavyweight title over 10 rounds.
South African 2000 Olympic Games representative Addis Tebebu will take on Frank Dimilo of Queensland over six rounds in the lightweight division, while Jo Lopez from Sydney goes into the ring against Alan Johnson from Queensland.
Another bout already confirmed will see heavyweight Kurt Lawton from Newcastle going into the ring against Mitch Mulligan from Sydney, while Ben Wateniac from Sydney is matched with the punishing Brett Trindall from Walgett in the 75kg division.
In the strong amateur support program, Coffs Harbour boxers Kyle Nicol in the 60kg division and Daniel Parkin in the light heavyweight will feature, although their opponents are still to be confirmed.
Tickets for this top night of boxing are available from the Coffs Ex-Services Club at a cost of $25.
Card girls from Queensland are sure to provide added spice to the night, while Mark Warren will be the ring announcer.
For details on how to secure corporate tables for the night, contact Terry Baff on 6653 1863 or 0428 575 220.
Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.