Fighters packing a punch


Two top Queenstown amateur boxers will show their strength during the local Winter Festival Thriller in the Chiller fight night. 

Middleweight Martin Mech, 31, will fight national title-holder Bowen Morgan, 24, from Christchurch, at the charity boxing match at the Events Centre on June 29. 

And light welterweight Elizabeth Regan, 27, will pit her skills against another well-schooled Christchurch boxer, Chelsea McKellar, 23. 

Mech versus Morgan should be a titanic clash. Morgan has amassed 88 fights on his way to winning the New Zealand title for the past three years. 

He’s also part of the NZ squad and in the running to qualify for next year’s Commonwealth Games. 

Morgan also won fighter of the night at the Epic Boxing Showdown in Queenstown two years ago. 

Mech, from the Czech Republic, has more than 40 fights under his belt. 

Mech’s coach Stewart Mitchell says: “Martin is very strong, heavy-handed and has quick feet which is exactly what you need when facing an opponent who is very aggressive and will knock you out with either hand. 

“Not many boxers in NZ last the distance with Bowen – he has power and killer instinct in abundance. 

“I expect this to be a very intense fight where Martin can certainly win if he remains focused and he also has the power to hurt you with both hands so I expect the audience will be in for as fantastic bout.” 

Mitchell also backs Regan to do well at Thriller. 

“Elizabeth won the Southland novice title at the end of last season in only her second fight when moving up to welterweight and showed she not only has potential but a fighter’s heart, aggression and fast hands when nearly stopping her much bigger opponent in that bout.” 

Mitchell says the fights at the Mountain Scene-sponsored Thriller in the Chiller will help promote awareness that Queenstown is hosting the national boxing championships in October next year. 

Thriller event manager Simon Green adds: “It’s a great opportunity for the Thriller to help promote some of our fantastic local boxing talent on a stage they don’t normally get to experience.”