Fight night at Whangaparaoa

Gunnar Jackson

New Zealand professional boxer Gunnar ‘The Stunna’ Jackson from Tauranga will fight local kickboxer Marcus Heywood in the main event at a Sportscave Sportsfest in Stanmore Bay on Saturday, February 23.

Jackson, who has a record of 45 fights, 29 wins, 12 losses and four draws in the middleweight division, fought the biggest fight of his career in January 2014 against four-time world champion Anthony Mundine in Brisbane, losing in a unanimous points decision.

Event promoter Craig Thomson, of CTP Boxing, says this will be Heywood’s first professional boxing match and he will bring a “no-nonsense approach”.

Heywood won his first international title at the World Kickboxing Association event in Tahiti in June 2017 (HM, August 17, 2017) and is the current WKA 75kg K1 New Zealand champion. He has a kickboxing record of 25 wins and five losses.

In the lead up to the main event, Nik ‘The Greek’ Charalampous will take on an as yet unnamed opponent. Cruiserweight Charalampous, who now lives on the Coast, has a professional record of 18 fights, 16 wins, and two draws.

As well as the two professional boxing matches, of five three-minute rounds each, the Sportsfest event will feature indoor netball, indoor cricket, and Turbo Touch exhibition games and a corporate boxing undercard. Opponents for the corporate boxing undercard are also still to be named.

The cricket and netball exhibition games will feature top Auckland and New Zealand indoor players, while the Turbo Touch match will feature North Harbour representative players.

Ben Glanfield will provide live music.

Doors will open at 4pm, and the action starts at 5pm.


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