A Dunedin fighter put on a calm display while two North Islanders showed their class at a fight night on Saturday.
North versus South rivalry will come to the fore as three mixed martial arts titles go on the line at a Hammerhead Productions fight night at the Caledonian Gymnasium.
Three Dunedin mixed martial arts fighters hope to pound their South African and Australian rivals into submission when they fight in an inaugural tri-nations tournament in Johannesburg.
The Otago Whalers face an uphill battle if they are to make the final of the South Island competition after they were beaten 52-22 by Canterbury A in Christchurch on Saturday.
He goes by the fight name "Bad Boy", but is nothing like that in person. He is even a fan of Gandhi.
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Dunedin man Apii Taia made an impressive return to the mixed martial art scene when he won the International Sport Karate Association professional heavyweight South Island title at Hammerhead Production's fight night on Saturday.
The Otago boxing team landed a knock-out blow to Canterbury at the interprovincial tournament in Christchurch on Saturday night.
Bridgette Sefton produced a stand-out performance as her New Zealand Fight and Fitness Academy gym dominated the Otago Boxing Association tournament in Dunedin on Saturday.
Boxers from across the South Island will slug it out when the Otago Boxing Association holds its annual tournament in Dunedin today.
They admit to being fierce competitors, and in a sport where seconds can mean the difference between winning and losing, that competitive streak can be crucial.
The Otago Goldrush had a disappointing start to the defence of its national title when it lost three of its four games in the first tournament of the women's basketball championship played in Nelson over the weekend.
She is known for having a chin of steel, has the nickname "Bad Boy" and is coming to Dunedin in August.
The Otago Goldrush started its defence of its national title with a 62-51 win against competition debutante Rotorua in the women's championship in Nelson yesterday.
Otago has announced a preliminary squad of 26 players for the Southern zone competition, which starts in August.
Some of the country's best table tennis players will be showing off their skills when the Otago Open is held at the Edgar Centre on Saturday.
Dunedin's Matt Toa will get another shot at the Industry of Combat New Zealand heavyweight title after Auckland's Steven Warby was stripped of his title following last month's fight in Auckland.
Dunedin man Matt Toa lost his mixed martial arts title fight, but he may get another chance after the fight ended in controversy in Auckland's North Shore Events Centre on Saturday.