Rumble in the Swamp

Friday August 16, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports

Two local boxing clubs have joined hands to revive the ailing sport in the Cook Islands.


Avatiu and O’oa boxing clubs are co-hosting the Rumble in the Swamp on August 24 at the Avatiu Club House.

Dubbed the “amateur fight night”, the event will feature about 12 boxing bouts, two Muay Thai fights and a celebrity contest.

Event coordinator Terry Rangi said the idea of this programme came from Avatiu Boxing Club president Tita Teei, who wanted to develop the sport from the grassroots level.

Rangi, who founded the newly-established O’oa Boxing Club, said they joined in to help organise the event.

“We will have four boxers coming from New Zealand and the rest of them will be from the clubs in Rarotonga – Tupapa, Avatiu, and Arai Te Tonga. We will also have Aitutaki competing in this programme,” Rangi said.

“It’s an amateur fight night and for majority of the boxers, this will be their first fight. It’s really about the development of boxing in the Cook Islands.

“One thing Tita insisted was not having any entry fee for children because he wants to get kids interested in boxing.”

The feature fight of the night will be between Liam Cowan of Ngatangiia and a boxer from Auckland. The duo will fight for the Rarotonga Superheavyweight title.

The main supporting bout will be a ladies contest between Papua New Guinean Sheila and Bernie King from the Avatiu Club.

“We are still finalising the details of this bout. Sheila is a nurse working in Rarotonga and will represent the Tupapa Boxing Club,” Rangi said.

Entry fee to the event is $15 for adults (16 plus) and $70 for VIP pass.




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