MUHAMMAD Ali's famous quote, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee", was close to the mark at the Yamba Shores Tavern's Fight Night on Saturday.
With a makeshift ring on the tavern's floating lower deck, fight fans were treated to a 23-card slugfest and a night of action they will not soon forget.
"It was an amazing crowd. The place was packed," Yamba Boxing League head trainer Norm Harvey said.
"All the visiting clubs loved the venue and the view. They couldn't believe they were fighting over the water.
"We thought we had 15 fights on the card but we ended up having 23. Thirteen clubs turned up and gave us great support."
The main bout of the night, the 71kg Mid-North Coast title, featured local hopeful Keaton Rheinberger up against Dorrigo's Daniel Glanville.
Harvey said the fight was one of the toughest on the night.
"Keaton won on a unanimous decision. It was a very tough fight. Glanville was a lot older and more experienced," he said.
"Keaton was the best local boxer on the night and also won the Adam 'Skat' Harvey Memorial Trophy."
The anticipated bout between Lower Clarence Magpies' hitman Ryan Binge and Yamba Buccaneers' Trent Cullen failed to go ahead because of Binge's representative commitments with the NRRRL.
In place of Binge, man mountain Ryan Harding, from Sydney, weighing in at a massive 147kg, took the ring against Cullen, who came in at about 117kg.
"Trent ended up fighting another footballer from Sydney, Ryan Harding," Harvey said.
"The fight could have gone either way but in the end the judges gave the points decision to Harding. Trent was very unlucky not to win. In fact, the crowd thought he should have won, but that's boxing."
Because of the huge success of the night and the impressive venue, Harvey said he was hoping another fight night would be held soon.
"Thanks to the support of the community and sponsors, last Saturday proved boxing is still alive and well on the North Coast.
"In the meantime Keaton is off to Caloundra in July to fight for an interstate title. And if he's successful he could be representing New South Wales at the Australian titles."
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