Boxing success

By Nicholas McBride
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About 1000 people were knocked out by the high quality action at the Seaside Showdown at Paroa on Saturday night.
After months of training and anticipation, the big night came around on Saturday, resulting in one of the biggest sporting events in Greymouth in recent years.
The Paroa School field was taken over by a marquee which was packed out with 750 people dressed to the nines. The Paroa Hotel was also filled with 200 people watching the fights streamed live.
About 100 staff helped to cater the event too.
The crowd was well entertained with the action, although some of the fighters came off worse than others. Classic Hits announcer Phil Lemon was left with a shoulder injury after his bout with Wayne Sweetman.
Organiser Alan Monk was pleased with how the night went.
“The feedback I have had has just been outstanding. Everyone had a great time. All the fights went three rounds, the boxers really enjoyed themselves. It ran really smoothly.”
Mr Monk wanted to thank the sponsors who helped put the night together and said the event could become a biennial if the support was there.
The last fight of the night between Gavin Forsyth and Tere Wycliffe was called off when Wycliffe was hit by illness.
“There’s no way he could have gone in the ring, he would have put himself at risk.”
Mr Monk was not yet sure how much money the showdown, a fundraiser for West Coast @Heart, helped put towards the charity, with money still to come in and other bills to be paid.