WEIPA is ready to host its first fight night in July, with up to half a dozen local boxers tipped to step into the ring.
Cape York Boxing Academy coach Scott Wallace said boxers from across North Queensland would venture to the Cape for the inaugural event, which will be sanctioned by the Sunstate Amateur Boxing League.
“We’re aiming to have around 20 fights. I’ve ordered that many trophies,” Wallace said.
“If we are going to put on a show, we might as well go big because it’s a long way to travel.
“We’ll have to fly in refs and other officials.”
The fight night will be held at the Weipa Storm Surge Shelter, with up to 1000 tickets to go on sale.
“We think it will sell out but we’ve capped tickets at 1000 because we want to start smaller and build up as we progress,” said Wallace.
“The local support has been good so far but we’re still chasing a naming rights sponsor.
“Scott Barton has been going to local businesses and hitting them up for support and there’s been a lot of generosity.”
From humble beginnings at the cricket ground, the Cape York Boxing Academy has grown steadily over the last five years and now has a good mix of members.
“It was started with one goal in mind – to engage with our teenagers,” Wallace said.
“We didn’t want them wasting their youth and getting into trouble.
“Boxing provides structure, teaches you discipline and gives you great fitness.
“It’s never been about getting into a ring and fighting, although that’s a bonus for some.”