Fistfull of boxing at the saleyards tonight
By Tony White
Pugilistic action aplenty promises to rock the Grafton Saleyards tonight at the Men Of Steel boxing promotion.
At least 12 bouts will take place involving several Clarence Valley locals, Australian and NSW champions.
Promoter Michael Magnay has lined up a card with a fist full of intriguing bouts.
And spectators will be able to bid at auction for a Tony Mundine autographed glove from his international bout on Wednesday when he ko'd Rashid Matumla.
Amateur boxing in the Clarence is undergoing a resurgence with the Australian Boxing League (ABL) opening up new gyms in Ulmarra and Harwood.
The match up in the main event between three-time Australian title holder in different weight divisions, Joel Griffiths from Newcastle and Ballina's experienced Robert Coorey shapes as a major highlight.
Current NSW champion Troy Harding, from Yamba, trained by Norm Harvey and rated one of the most promising boxers in the state, will also be on show against an opponent yet to be decided.
The classy Harding, who also plays rugby league with the Lower Clarence Magpies, is one of several footballer's taking part.
Big punching Graftonian Eddie DeBono, a South Grafton Rebel, takes on Jeremy Widders from Coffs Harbour.
While beaten in his only fight DeBono has trained hard to correct his record.
Ex-Grafton Ghosts first grader Kane 'Slugger' Freeburn created a huge impression winning his only bout at Sawtell and climbs back into the ring tonight.
Freeburn blasted his rival to score a second round knockout on debut.
Jason Hartmann, from Grafton, a two-time Australian title holder with more than 70 bouts, is another drawcard.