NZ champ features in a big night of boxing

NEW Zealand champion Carl Commons will headline an outstanding night of boxing at the Lismore Workers Club tonight. Commons, who won a bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and a silver at the Oceania Games, is matched with ACT champion Mark Plavinski in a light welterweight (64kg) bout. Commons, of Canterbury, is a former world karate champion who changed to boxing and he has since become one of the Kiwis' best fighters. Plavinski is part of the Australian Institute of Sport program and has been in camp with the AIS squad at Lennox Head since Wednesday. "They're both top-class boxers," organiser Arthur Maloney said. "He (Commons) has been training a bit with the AIS so they teed him up to fight Plavinski." One of the main attractions tonight will be a super heavyweight contest between Ballina's John Boyd and Grant Mingaurd from the Northside club in Brisbane. Casino RSM Youth Club and Ballina RSL Youth Club also have fighters on display. Maloney's Glove Club boxers Ricky Lethorn and Peter Thompson have been matched. Former Glove Club welterweight James Davidson, now training under Tony Nobbs at Tweed Heads, has been matched with a boxer from the AIS. In a return bout, Daniel Beverly, of Dorrigo, has challenged Tommy Strain, of Coolangatta. Beverly was not happy with the decision when the pair last met at Casino in May and their return bout promises fireworks. Boxing will start at 7.30pm with adults charged $10 for entry and children $5.



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