WITH only a week to go preparations for the Battle in the Outback fight night are in full swing.
For promoters the task of transforming the basketball courts into a first class boxing venue for the weekend will start in earnest from Friday early morning.
Co-promoter Bret Wessels said that former holder of championship belts including world titles, Les Sherrington, arrives Friday morning as a special guest.
“While here Les will be visiting various boxing clubs to talk to locals, giving advice to aspiring fighters and also taking time out to address young boys and girls involved with various youth groups,” he said.
Wessels said that Sherrington may also visit the school he used to go to; Spinifex College.
Besides meeting and greeting patrons on the night Sherrington will don the gloves and gear at intermission for a work out session with Paul Slater on the pads.
Promoters said this may be a taste of what patrons could see later in the year if they can sign up Sherrington for a professional fight in Mount Isa.
Once again the task of matching up fighters for the night goes to Scot Crawford who did an excellent job last year with the twelve bouts on the card.
Crawford has the same number of bouts to match fighters. A few fighters come from out of town with twofrom Alice Springs.
“Initially there were three guys coming over but due to illness one has had to pull out,” Crawford said.
At least four fighters are from out of town and as yet unseen should prove to make for interesting bouts.
While their number of fights, weight division and wins and losses are all recorded their actual style and ability in the ring remains unknown.
Information on ticket sales can be made by either contacting Tanya on 0431 399 115 or Bret on 0403 510 125.
VIP tables are sold out with few corporate box spaces remaining.
Battle in the Outback will be held at the Mount Isa Basketball Stadium on Saturday, April 29.
650 tickets were sold at the inaugural event held last September and this did not include fighters and trainers, according to organisers.