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Boston Moylan. PHOTO/FILE

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Wairarapa’s Muay Thai and kickboxing exponents are stepping into the ring to raise money for the Cyclone Gabrielle Relief Fund.  

MANA FC6-E Tu Wairarapa, the brainchild of Featherston’s SMAC gym proprietors, Victoria and Quentin Parr, will see some of the region’s top fighters in action to raise funds for Hawke’s Bay and East Coast people hit by the devastating cyclone.

Top of the bill is a professional super heavyweight battle between top national fighters Mo Hussain of SMAC Featherston against Earl Jay Peehi from Awa Kings in Whanganui.

Victoria Parr said Hussain’s national belt was not up for grabs, but as a much-awaited fight, she expected a close battle.

The multi-talented Sarah Linton, who last month finished sixth in the Barefoot Waterskiing World Championships and was recently selected to represent New Zealand at the world Muay Thai championships in Thailand in May, will have only her second fight in Wairarapa against Natalie Mackie.

The Fortitude Gym from Masterton will have a four-strong team, headlined by national junior champion Boston Moylan, who will take on another national champion Raka Cecil from Auckland.

Parr expects a crowd of about 400 at Kuranui College auditorium for Saturday’s event and hoped to raise $10000.  

“When I see the devastation, I can’t help but notice how so many affected live in rural communities like our own,” she said.

“While the funds raised will not make things better, we just can’t sit by and watch. This is the best we can do to help.”

The youth and novice events at MANA FC6-E Tu Wairarapa start at 2pm Saturday, with the main events from 6pm. Tickets are available at eventbookings.com or at the door on Saturday. 

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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