Scholar Ngatokorua (back left), the Cook Islands’ very own international kickboxing champion, and athletes from New Zealand are geared up for the Cook Islands 682 Ultimate Rage Fight Night this evening at Te Are Karioi. MELINA ETCHES/23111609
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athletes will be showcasing their skills at the inaugural Cook Islands 682 Ultimate Rage Fight Night this evening at Te Are Karioi (National Auditorium).
Scholar Ngatokorua, the Cook Islands’ very own
international kickboxing champion, is geared up for an impressive outing in
“I’m excited to get in the ring to showcase my skills
in front of my family and friends, and to gain more experience up against
fighters from New Zealand,” Ngatokorua said.
Thirteen-year-old Alana Tuteru and 15-year-old Gabriel
Tuteru, both from Aotearoa New Zealand, are “excited” to demonstrate their
kickboxing abilities in the Cook Islands for the first time.
Alana said: “This tournament will be my seventh
opportunity in the ring and I’m pretty excited to be here and perform in the
sport I love.”
Tonight’s event will mark Gabriel’s 13th appearance
in the ring. “I like the sport, it’s good disciple and keeps you away from bad
things, and keeps your mind focused.”
The Fight Night is organised by Aotearoa-based Cook
Islander Terry Tuteru, a coach and sports promoter at the South Auckland Leegar
Thaiboxing Gym (SALT Gym), with the support of the Avatiu Boxing and Martial
“Our athletes from New Zealand are performing well
internationally, and to have them here to take part in this event will help
promote the sport,” Tuteru told Cook Islands News.
Following the closing of the 52nd Pacific
Islands Forum Leaders Meeting last week, Tauranga Vananga (Ministry of Culture)
staff are back into the swing of things assisting with the hosting of the Ultimate
Rage Fight Night.
Cultures’ acting Secretary Emile Kairua said they have
taken everything into consideration and have mitigated all the risks to ensure
that the athletes and the audience are well taken care of.
“It’s exciting to see the calibre of these athletes
here,” Kairua said.
Young Avatiu Gym kickboxers will also showcase their
talent in a special Children’s Exhibition.
Tickets are $40 for general admission, and VIP tables
are available for a more personal up-close experience.
Te Are Karioi doors will open at 5pm and the event is
scheduled to start at 6pm.
For ticket information and reservations, contact:
Nicholle Ama – 79355, Ngametua Maea – 72347 and Terry Tuteru – 73088.