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Fight night plan to be a community knockout

WITH tonight's Corporate Combat fight night at the Ipswich Civic Centre virtually sold out, fight fans can expect it to become a regular event.

The night is being promoted by Queensland welterweight champ Kurtis Pegoraro, who runs the Corporate Box gym in Bundamba.

Pegoraro is not fighting on the card himself, leaving that to a number of others from his stable at Mining Street.

Such has been the demand for tickets he hasn't needed to, with Ipswich product - unbeaten heavyweight Demsey McKean headlining the card.

He will fight the Alex Leapai-trained Danny Rio.

"It's something the community wants so we'd be silly not to bring it back," said Pegoraro, who has plenty of previous experience promoting events at the Bowen Hills YMCA.

"We've been ticking off every box to make everything run smoothly."

As of yesterday afternoon there were only 50 tickets yet to be sold for the 472 person venue.

"We're hoping next time to fit more in," Pegoraro said.

By that stage he may be on the bill too.

But it was too much to prepare to fight on the bill and organise a first-time event.

"Our goal is to do three a year in Ipswich," Pegoraro said.

"This was stressful enough organising other people to fight.

"I've got my eye on an Australian title next year.

"If I win that it gives me a little more pulling power (to fight in Ipswich)."

While McKean headlines the night, Pegoraro is also looking forward to the clash of two Ipswich boxers in Asher Wolff and James Ryan at 72kg.

"We used to train James, but he moved away for work," Pegoraro explained.

"Alex has just started training with us.

"Both have an extensive amateur backgrounds.

"James won an Australian Golden Gloves title and Asher has an Aussie belt."



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