Thriller’s break


Queenstown’s charity boxing night Thriller is going back to the chiller.

The annual fight night – which sees inexperienced locals duke it out after weeks of hardcore prep – is returning to its mid-year date.

That means there’ll be no Thriller for November 2018.

Instead, it will be held exactly a year date-wise from tomorrow – on Saturday, May 18.

Coach Steve Orr says he welcomes the break to recharge the batteries, after seven years of 6am starts behind the mitts, putting would-be boxers through their paces.

“But the feedback I get from those who’ve fought keeps me coming back,” Orr says.

“Beyond the fact it’s a charity fundraiser, we’re helping people, giving them [mental] skills for life.”

Summit Events boss Craig Gallagher says he hopes the change will inspire locals to make Thriller their 2019 goal.

“Applications will open mid-December to mid-January,” Gallagher says.

“That’s a time when people are setting their personal and financial goals for the coming year.”

He says some of the best nights have been when the crowd gets behind well-known locals, such as when Henry Youngman, above left, took on Geoff Chapman in a titanic battle in 2013.