There’s the promise of blood on the dance floor at Metro City as boxing returns to the Northbridge nightclub tonight for the first time in 10 years.
The nine-fight “Thunderdome” card is based on the Fight Night Club shows put on in America by Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, with standing-only around the ring and a DJ playing between rounds.
Promoter Angelo Hyder said the venue was the ideal place to host his first show in WA.
“It the best venue in Perth, with four levels, and will look like it’s straight out of the (1985 Mad Max) film, which is why we’ve called the show Thunderdome,” Hyder said.
“There’s no seating on the floor, it’s all standing, and it has a real nightclub feel. You get people standing to watch the fight then in between they can go dancing. It’s proved really successful in the States and if this is a success I’ll be trying to do four or five shows a year.”
Hyder, who has put on cards in Singapore and Indonesia, is better known as the trainer of IBO cruiserweight champion and three-weight title holder Danny Green. But it will be largely up-and-coming fighters, rather than established contenders, who he wants to showcase.
“We want to get some exposure for the young blokes coming through,” he said.
Stylist Brandon Ogilvie, who has won his first three pro outings, and his Fox’s club-mate Jeremy Van Diemen (4-0) are two such fighters, with come-forward Van Diemen facing MMA crossover Xavier Lucas over four rounds.
Luke Sharp and Jeremy Allen will do it again for the WA middleweight belt following their draw at the Italian Club last August, while there will be interest in the showing of Matty Garlett (10-1).
Featherweight Garlett gets the chance to take the next step against Filipino Weng Haya (17-5), who was scheduled to fight Michael Katsidis last month before the two-time world interim champion put his career on hold, probably for good, after a CAT scan showed scarring on his brain.“Matty’s probably got the hardest fight of all but it’s the kind of fight he needs to progress,” Hyder said.
Balga’s one-time prospect “Cool” Willie Kickett is also on the card in his first contest since July 2010.
Kickett, (17-2), who impressed in defeat against boxing’s newest superstar Adrien Broner in Los Angeles in 2009, returns in a four-rounder against another Filipino, Manopnoi Singmanasak.Tickets start at $55 and are available at Oztix or by ringing 0437 041 214.
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