Young will host its first amateur boxing night in 20 years on Saturday night.
A strong contingent of locals and competitors from across the state and also Victoria will be in action at the Young Services Club.
The event is being organised by the Young PCYC and there’s expected to be 18 fights on the card.
Young’s boxers have been training out of the PCYC building under the tutelage of Hume Police District superintendent Chris Schilt.
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Ten locals will enter the ring with the youngest aged 14 years old, while three female boxers will also feature on the program.
Superintendent Chris Schilt is the president of the NSW Police boxing club and has been a boxing trainer for about 15 years.
“Some people are saying there hasn’t been an amateur boxing night in Young for 20 years. So when when we started talking about the fight night it gathered a lot of interest and it got off the ground and came together,” Mr Schilt said.
“Since I came to Young in January last year I’ve helped the PCYC training people with boxing.
“In the last six months we’ve had a lot of people progressing and want to take it to the next level and compete.”
The contingent of locals stepping into the ring include Gerard Richens, Beau L’Estrange, Jason L’Estrange, Hayley Pomfrett, Thomas McIlhatton, Zach Roberts, Chris Schilt (CJ, Cody Hall-L’Estrange and Priscilla Edgerton.
Jason L’Estange and his two sons Beau and Cody form a strong family connection in the local group.
“Boxing is and has been a huge part of our family. My father and uncles were all respected previous boxers and I have always inspired to follow in their footsteps and make them proud by keeping the tradition alive,” Jason said.
Mr Schilt wishes each fighter the best of luck.
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“They’ve put a lot of effort in to get where they are. No matter the result they should all be proud of the commitment they’ve shown. It’d be great if the Young community gets behind them and supports them,” Mr Schilt said.
“It all ties in with the PCYC fit for life program and shows young people there’s a bit of a pathway there if you have the commitment and put together all the skills you’ve learnt. There’s opportunity down the track to compete at amateur boxing.”
Doors open at 4.15pm on Saturday, November 10 at the Young Services Club with the first fight scheduled for a 5pm start.
Tickets are still available.
There’ll also be an under 14s development day at the PCYC on Saturday for people under the age of 14 and who are interested in boxing.
For more information visit the PCYC Young Facebook or contact PCYC Young.