FIGHT NIGHT FEVER: Last year Dalby's Harry Jones (blue) took to the ring against Rhonin Wilkinson at the PCYC Fight Night.
FIGHT NIGHT FEVER: Last year Dalby's Harry Jones (blue) took to the ring against Rhonin Wilkinson at the PCYC Fight Night. Sam Flanagan

Local boxers gear up to fight for home crowd

A BASKETBALL court will transform into a boxing arena this month as Dalby hosts the PCYC Fight

Night.

About six local fighters will step into the ring to take on boxers from around the region including Roma, Chinchilla, St George, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast.

Dalby PCYC Branch Manager Sergeant Brett Hunter said the event, in its second year, is the PCYC's major fundraising event of the year.

"We were overwhelmed with the level of local support and the support of other clubs that attended last year,” Sgt Hunter said.

"This year we're hoping for a lot of local support to help raise funds and encourage our local fighters.”

For the Dalby boxers, the fight night offers a chance to fight for a home crowd.

Boxer Chase Alderton said it felt great to have the community behind him when he was in the ring.

"It's great, having everyone there supporting you, it kind of gets you in a rush,” he said.

"When you get a good hit, the crowd goes crazy.”

Dalby boxing coach Andrew Alderton believes boxing is one of the loneliest sports in the world, but having crowd cheering you on provides motivation to get the job done.

"When you're in that ring and you're facing off another person... you're the only person in that ring that can do anything about it,” he said.

"(The crowd) is a drive, it makes you feel good, it makes you want to work hard for them and put on a good show.”

Mr Alderton believes boxing gets a bad wrap and is hoping the fight night will help to improve its reputation as people get a chance to see it for themselves.

The Dalby Fight Night will be held on Saturday, September 28. Doors open from 5pm. Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for children and kids under 10 are free.



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