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Boxers await the bell

Thursday, 9th April, 2009

Novice boxer Ben Grossi admits to a bout of nerves ahead of his very first tournament fight on Saturday night. Grossi, 25, is one of four locals competing in the PCYC's amateur boxing tournament at the Entertainment Centre. For all but one of them the experience will be their first. "I'm looking forward to it," said Grossi, who at 80.7kg just scrapes into the light-heavyweight division.

Grossi, who knows only one thing about his opponent - his first name - has been training up to five days a week to prepare for the bout. The other locals stepping into the ring are Luke McCarron, Corey Roberts and 16-year-old Nick Keher, the only experienced fighter among the group. Last year Keher, who has had seven fights for a five-two record, really hit his straps, winning a NSW and Queensland title. Trainer David Dowden said that young Keher's bout would likely be the pick of the fights on Saturday, followed by Grossi's.

"I think he'll win," Dowden said. While Keher had already tasted success last year, Dowden said his charges were even "stronger and hungrier" this year. "They're training really good, they're listening to what I'm saying." PCYC manager Larry Angell said that the remaining boxers were all from out of town. "So far we're going to have 13 bouts and that's with fighters from Victoria, South Australia and NSW over all weight divisions." Tickets will be available at the PCYC today, tomorrow and Saturday morning. The cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children.

Mr Angell said people who purchased tickets at the door would pay $35 and $20. "Everything's ready to go and we're looking forward to a great night's entertainment," he said.

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