Gloves are off as words fly
By TONY WHITE
BUT for some quick thinking and plenty of phone work Saturday's gala fight night in Condobolin featuring numerous Clarence Valley boxers could have been dubbed the great 'Condobolin Calamity'.
Five boxers from the Norm Harvey stable at Yamba, including Australian champion Daniel Austin and Adam Jones, who were fighting for Orana titles, failed to show for the event.
A stoush of rhetoric has now erupted outside the confines of the boxing ring.
"It could have been a disaster," disgruntled promoter Nathan Swadling said. "I'm filthy on what happened with the blokes from Yamba not turning up. We rang them the night before and were told they were coming. The excuses were a joke.
"We had to get on the phone and desperately ring around to get other fighters to fill the bill. In the end it was a fabulous night before about 850 people.
"Shannon Noll was there to present trophies and the atmosphere was unreal. As it turned out there were some real wars. The crowd loved it."
Unfortunately the Clarence Valley boxers who did take part, Kyle 'Hurricane' Hands and Cane Freeburn, came away empty handed.
Hands was narrowly beaten by local Paul 'The Tower Of Power' Adams, and Freeburn, who stepped in at late notice, lost to promoter Swadling.