PCYC Southern Highlands charity fight night 2017

IN THEIR ELEMENT: PCYC Southern Highlands senior coach Alberto Good with boxers Nick O'Brien, Derek Lam and Neil Crowe at the charity fight night on Saturday.
IN THEIR ELEMENT: PCYC Southern Highlands senior coach Alberto Good with boxers Nick O'Brien, Derek Lam and Neil Crowe at the charity fight night on Saturday.

Boxers stepped into the ring for a good cause on Saturday.

About 250 spectators watched about 14 fights at a charity fight night at PCYC Southern Highlands.

The event raised money for the Mittagong gym and its boxing program.

The total raised at the charity fight night is yet to be finalised.

Southern Highlands boxers Derek Lam, Neil Crowe and Nick O’Brien took part in the fight night.

Lam and Crowe gained valuable experience through exhibition fights. Meanwhile O’Brien lost his fight but had strong support from the crowd. 

PCYC Southern Highlands club manager Krischan Keller said the gym’s second ever boxing event gave boxers the opportunity to progress. “The aim is to give them a chance to fight locally with homegrown support,” he said. “We wanted to provide an event to take that next step, and an opportunity for logical progression.”

It’s not a sit down and be quiet event, you can show your support.

PCYC Southern Highlands club manager Krischan Keller

Keller said there was a larger, more enthusiastic crowd at the charity fight night, compared to the Boxing NSW state titles in September. “The crowd was more into it and more involved,” he said. “It’s not a sit down and be quiet event, you can show your support. “The turn out was better as well. This is our second boxing event and we’re starting to pick up momentum.”

For those who would like to get involved with boxing at the PCYC, there are classes on offer over the Christmas and New Year period.

There will be classes on December 19, January 8, January 11 and January 18.

“It’s a great sport and it’s a sport for life,” Keller said. “It’s not a sport where there is a lot of contact. It’s about the technical aspect of it.”

Normal boxing classes will resume after the school holidays.

Details: 4868 5200.