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Plenty keen to glove up for Fight for Life fundraiser

Fighters, are you ready?

Well, if they aren't, they have just over two months to be in peak conditon when entering the ring for Gisborne's Fight for Life fundraiser.

Ten fights are scheduled for the December 18 Patu Tahi Boxing Club fundraising event.

Registrations flew in from people interested in competing — the highest number Patu Tahi Boxing Club head coach Kim Maree-Larby can recall for a local charity boxing event.

The club wanted to hold a trial process, but Covid 19 lockdowns meant they had to select fighters based solely on their applications.

Maree-Larby said they had taken on 48 fighters, with the expectation that some always pull out.

“There were a lot of good people that I wanted to have (fighting), but I had to cut.”

The New Zealand Professional Boxing Association will be administering the event, providing the referees, judges and timekeepers.

The proceeds of the event will be used to subsidise expenses for the Patu Tahi club members competing in out-of-town events.