Scrapbook; a digital copy of a scrapbook recording Laurie Bolger's professional boxing career in and One page also includes handwritten notes on the history of the Mataura Boxing Club which was particularly strong after World War Two. Laurie Bolger was one of its most capable boxers. Mataura trainer George Monaghan recalls: 'Laurie Bolger had built up an impressive record as an amateur. When the Otago Boxing Association induced him to turn professional they had a goldmine. Every time he fought there was a full house.
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Timaru's sole competitor in an annual boxing match may have lost on a point's decision but his coach says he can take a lot away from the bout. The evening featured 13 bouts ranging from the "very young 30kg guys to some top boxers - female and males" at a sold-out Celtic Sports Hall. Timaru Boxing Club coach John Ensor said all but one of the bouts went the distance of three rounds of two minutes. It only takes an email between clubs and you're off.
Champions and challengers, victors and the vanquished, global icons and Kiwi battlers rub shoulders, looking staunch or snarling down from promotional posters that compete for space on every nook, cranny and concrete pillar. A pair of red leather gloves from a bygone era dangle from a corner post; two tattered armchairs provide a perfect view from ringside. Perhaps this is where the veteran coach plants himself when his young charges are mastering the art of hitting while not getting hit? They start em young at the Papatoetoe Boxing Club.
A year later the pint-sized hairdresser climbed in the ring again, this time for her first amateur fight at the South Island Novice Tournament in Christchurch. Because the corporate fight counted as her first fight, Libby was put in the novice grade, for those with one to five fights. There she was matched against an MMA fighter from Dunedin.