State title at stake for Hoskins
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
FIGHT night is returning to the Sawtell RSL on Friday and there's a title belt at stake.
The main event for the evening will see local veteran Daniel Hoskins fight for the vacant state junior lightweight title over eight rounds.
The 32 year-old will go toe to toe with Gavin Locock who has only recently turned pro.
Locock is undefeated in his three pro fights that he's had so far after a decorated amateur career yet Hoskins believes that the years of experience that he has under his belt will make the difference on the night.
"As a pro I've fought three times for the Australian featherweight title, I lost on points on each occasion,
"All of those fights were 10 or 12 rounders so the best thing that I've learnt is how to train for those fights."
Part of that training has been some intense sparring sessions which are about to be taken up another notch when Kempsey's Russell Lardner comes to town next week to help sharpen up Hoskins' skills as the big fight nears.
Justin Clements will be the main fight on the undercard as he makes his first appearance since losing the Australian light heavyweight title in September last year.
He'll be taking on Sydney's Clint Johnson in a cruiserweight fight.
As the promoter of the night, Mick Magnay is hoping that a large crowd shows up for the Group 2 celebrity bout between Orara Valley's Bert Gray and Nambucca Heads' Dion Marr.
The two put their hand up straight away to put on the bout as a means of helping raise money for their good friend injured Macksville star Rod Jarrett.
There is six amateur bouts before the evening's four pro fights and general admission tickets are available from the Sawtell RSL.
Corporate tables can be purchased by contacting Mick Magnay on 0401 650 685.