Plans coming together for Chichester’s big night of boxing

St Gerards members with equipment bought from their share of the proceeds of last year's show
St Gerards members with equipment bought from their share of the proceeds of last year's show
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St Gerards Boxing Club host their fourth big black-tie boxing event on Saturday, February 21, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Chichester Priory.

Once again the Chichester College event will raise much-needed funds for local charities and organisations throughout our area.

The venuewill be transformed into a mini Las Vegas with a lighting rig and laser lights supplied by Haddow Electrical that gives the show that extra bit of sparkle and razzle dazzle like the big-money championship pro shows.

Matchmaker Gerry Lavelle said the card was coming together, with 12 planned contests on the evening that should really please the pugilistic punters as they polish off their four-course meal.

There will be junior and contests featuring male and female boxers and some very special contests with the boxers competing for the new southern counties belts.

In all there could be three female contests with Holly Heffron, 12, Charlotte Taylor, 15, and Joh Wilton, 20, all making their club debuts if the matching goes to plan.

The Hayes brothers Dennis and Freddie ware due to show off their, along with junior Greg Ball.

Shawn Thompson, now 16 and growing stronger all the time, will be hoping for his third straight victory.

Senior Neil Wilson will be having a return contest with an opponent he boxed in Romford and Russell Smith will be making his club debut. Senior Billy Valentine Lavelle makes his ring comeback after a two-year lay-off and is raring to give the punters value for money like all the home boxers.

There may be some military bouts, while the special contests over three three-minute rounds for the championship belts should all make it a night to remember.

Dinner tickets are £50 a head on a table of ten and standing tickets are £15 each – but no tickets are available on the door so no entry will be allowed on the night unless you have a ticket.

There is still time to get your company’s advert in the programme – it’s £75 for half a page or £100 for a full page.

Dinner ticket and programme inquiries should go to Ray Richardson of Rotary on 01243 543701. Standing tickets are available from Gerry Lavelle on 01243 251248 or by calling at St Gerards Boxing Club at Swanfield Park Community Centre Chichester, on a Tuesday or Thursday between 6pm and 8pm.