Boxing fireworks expected at Auckland's ABA Stadium

Photo Credits: Calden Jamieson Photography

Benjamin Watt of Rainbow Boxing New Zealand, Terry Reid Batchelor of Mayhem Boxing and Vasco Kovačević of Red Line Combat Academy have joined forces to produce a boxing event called "Mid Year Fireworks".

This event is scheduled to take place at ABA Stadium this Saturday with amateur, corporate and professional boxing fights on the card.

This exciting evening of boxing can also be called a night of redemption as both the main and co-main events feature two boxers looking to restart their careers.

The main event will feature the heaviest man in New Zealand boxing, Conrad "Friday the 13th" Lam. Lam had an excellent start to his career, winning his first five professional fights.

He defeated two well-known names including David "The Brown Buttabean" Leutele before knocking out the man who gave Joseph Parker a major cut, "King" Afa Tatupu.  Lam also had success in Australia beating Hasely Hepi who was undefeated at the time.

In 2018,  Lam took a step up in his career and began taking riskier matchups. He took on veteran and former New Zealand champion Daniel Tai for the NZNBF New Zealand title.

The bout was a tough encounter for both men and went the full ten rounds. However,  Tai won giving Lam his first loss. Lam then fought two time New Zealand and IBO Asia Pacific Champion Hemi "The Heat" Ahio. "The Heat" troubled Lam with his experience, speed, and power.

Despite losing the fight, Lam showed his toughness by being one of the few people not to be hurt by Ahio's power.  Lam is now training under the experienced Terry Batchelor at Mayhem Boxing and is out to redeem himself after his two losses.

Lam's opponent is 2010 Commonwealth games representative Semisi Kalu. Kalu took several years off from boxing before turning professional in 2018. Kalu had immediate success on debut when he comprehensively defeated Cameron Tukua via unanimous decision.

The co-main event of the evening will feature another boxer out for redemption. Former New Zealand Amateur champion Diane Beazley made her professional debut in Cambridge earlier this year against Ashley Campbell.

Beazley made history that night by becoming the first ever LGBT New Zealand born boxer to turn professional. However,  she lost the bout to Campbell, but shortly after the fight, Campbell agreed to give Beazley a rematch.

Beazley is now more determined than before. Her new ring name is Diane "Wahine Toa" Beazley, and she fights for her whanau, the rainbow community, her local community, and redemption.

The amateur card will feature Alina Peach vs. Roimata Mitchell, Amit vs. Elliot McDonald, and Matt Howley vs. Lee Chi.

The fight night will also feature nine corporate fights, an exclusive interview with WBO World Light Heavyweight champion Geovana Peres and an interview with two time New Zealand champion and WBO world title contender Lani Daniels.

Tickets are still on sale now for $45 presale and can be purchased through either of the promoters facebook pages. $55 Door sale will also be available.

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