Pub venue for Ballina fights
THE Ballina Island Amateur Boxing Club is holding an amateur tournament at Paddy McGinty's Pub in River Street, Ballina, on Saturday night.
The main feature is a NSW title bout between 21-year-olds Billy Magnay, of Ballina, and Steve Ryan, of Gunnedah, for the senior light welterweight (63.5kg) title.
Magnay is a former State schoolboy champion with 16 bouts for 13 wins (most of them knockouts) to his credit.
He has had just one bout since returning from a four-year lay-off.
Ryan has been competing continually and has a record of nine wins from 10 starts.
The main preliminary bout is between Ballina's Robert Coorey and Chris Reidy, of Hornsby, for the North Coast senior welterweight (67kg)title.
Coorey is a former Northern NSW Intermediate (Under-19) champion, while Reidy is Sydney's top welterweight.
There will be a 10-bout undercard, with boxers from other district clubs, Western NSW and Queensland.
Other Ballina boxers creating interest are John Boyde (senior welter), Wylie Spencer (junior middle) and Paul 'Bluey' McDermit, Ballina's 'Battling Barman'.
The event is sanctioned by the NSW Amateur Boxing League and the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation.
Tickets at the doors $20. Gates 6pm, boxing 7pm.