World title boxing belt in Gladstone ahead of fight night
IT'S not every day that a world title boxing belt makes its way to a regional town, so it's easy to see why the organisers of Harbour City Havoc 2 were excited by the arrival of two belts on Friday at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.
GECC marketing manager Garry Hansen said the belts had come from Europe. "The World Boxing Foundation president (Mick Croucher) is hailing it as the biggest WBF World Title Fight Night in history of the world and it's happening here," Mr Hansen said.
"It was such a spectacular night last time."
The fight night, on November 16, has had a recent change to the line-up.
The card now features the WBF World Heavyweight Titles, WBF World Welterweight Title, WBF World Lightweight Female Title and a WBF Heavyweight Asia Pacific Title.
Mark "The Denominator" De Mori, who headlined last year's popular event in March, will face Croatian Ivica "The Rock" Perkovic in hopes of walking away with two heavyweight titles. Former Gladstone girl Eilleen Forrest is taking the place of Erin McGowan and is looking to secure her first boxing title from a fight against Yarko Annan.
One man who made sure he had ringside seating before it was sold out was Corfield's Electrical managing director Ken Corfield.
Mr Corfield got a taste for the sport in April when he won a fight at the Charity Corporate Fighters night in Sydney.
He encourages others to get in quickly to buy their tickets for the chance to watch an exhilarating sport.
Corfield's Electrical is one of a host of local sponsors who have jumped behind the event, including Buel, Alan Burns Used Equipment Sales and Hire, The Observer, WIN, the Gladstone Regional Council and the GECC.