Contenders are being sought for the 2013 ''Southern
Showdown'' charity boxing event.
The annual black tie boxing event will raise funds for the
Otago Community Hospice this year.
''Last year, $30,250 was raised for the Malcam Trust by the
event and we are looking to increase that amount this year
for the Otago Community Hospice,'' Main Event promoter Doug
''Our focus is not on selecting the best or most accomplished
boxers. It's not about who is the fittest or the strongest.
We anticipate selecting a range of bouts that are fair and
represent people across our entire community.
''The event is about the experience, the environment, the
personal development. Just ask any of our contenders from
last year. For many, it was one of the greatest experiences
of their lives, an experience that has allowed them to become
fitter, healthier and more confident individuals.''
Contenders would start training from April 8 in a five-week
boot camp. Up to 20 people would then be selected for a
further eight weeks' training.
The event has been sanctioned by the New Zealand Professional
Boxing Association and will be managed by Pat Leonard.
Otago Community Hospice chief executive Ginny Green said
''we're excited to be part of this year's `Southern
''The Southern Showdown will help us continue to provide
specialist palliative care to those in our community with
The event will be held at the Lion Foundation Arena on July