Stephen and I were lucky enough to attend the Downtown Showdown Boxing last night.
What a night – felt like I was in Las Vegas at a boxing tournament. The atmosphere was electric.
We had a ringside table so birds eye view of all the entertainment.
Fabulous support by the local community to help raise money for the Life Education Charity Trust – teaching all about health and nutrition and how to make the right decisions to kids up and down the West Coast.
There were ten fights in all leading up to the main event between a former West Coast boxer Bowyn Morgan against a Christchurch boxer Shaun Colmore.
We were at the table with the parents of Brett who was in fight number one. To say there was a little tension at the table would be an understatement.
Great effort for first time boxing competition – all in the name of good fun and charity but proud parents at the end despite the anguish during the fight.
The night wasn’t all about the men and there were three women’s fights too. These girls really showcased some great skills and strength.
The last ladies fight between Megyn and Bree – just one word really fits the bill and that is Wow. Talk about amazing athletes – skill, technique (and I’m obviously not a boxer!), fitness, strength, determination and most definitely bravery. This was no holds barred – they both wanted to win and it showed. Very very impressive display.
While the main entertainment was obviously in the ring there was plenty of entertainment in the crowd too with the supporters – both the anticipation and the jubilation, sometimes I didn’t know where to look.
Nine fights later, interludes for dinner and auctions to help raise further monies and it was finally time for the main event.
Morgan is the four-time NZ elite men’s amateur national boxing champion and his opponent Colmore is predominately a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter. Both fighters reside in Christchurch but Bowyn Morgan is orginally a West Coast boy so there was a lot of local support.
Have to say these two are very very impressive specimens………
You could honestly see their strength and athleticism practically oozing out of them. There were times I had to look away due to the force of the hits but they weren’t fazed. I know they are conditioned for this – this is what they do for a living but shit (sorry!).
What an amazing night
all the glitz and glamor and adrenalin from both the competitors and the spectators.
A huge thanks has to go to all the volunteers – the waiting staff, the security, the medical staff, the bouncers, and most importantly the organisers – Alan Monk you and your team did an amazing job.
Las Vegas eat your heart out!
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the region and supporting local events.