The fourth instalment of Queenstown Winter Festival’s charity fight night Thriller in the Chiller has been dubbed the best so far.
Sports broadcaster and boxing aficionado Clint Brown, who shared the MC duties on Saturday night at the Events Centre with Howard Dobson, says: “I love the fact that every year the locals get out and support the local contenders.
“Each year the standard of fighting just gets better and better.”
The sell-out event – sponsored by Allied Press-owned Queenstown newspaper Mountain Scene – saw 20 amateur boxers battle out three, two-minute rounds.
All were local except for last-minute Dunedin ring-in Niel ‘The Ghost’ Louw, 37, who fought bravely despite losing to KM Smith builder Sam ‘The Steam Train’ Frame, 26, in one of the highest quality fights of the night.
The final bout of the night between heavyweights Geoff ‘The Grizzler’ Chapman and Henry ‘The Hand Grenade’ Youngman was a real crowd-pleaser with both guys virtually out on their feet for the final 30 seconds but still throwing punches.
Chapman ended up winning, with MoreFM breakfast show host Youngman paying tribute to the labourer from London, saying: “It was a tough pill to swallow, a heart-breaker but credit to the Grizzler – he just kept coming at me.”
Chapman said afterwards: “It was tough. The ‘Hand Grenade’ just kept firing.”
As for the win, Chapman said: “I’m just relieved. I had nothing left in the tank.”
Thriller guest of honour and Kiwi professional heavyweight Shane ‘Mountain Warrior’ Cameron said it was a well-run event and he’s a fan of format which sees rivals train together and develop great spirit and camaraderie.
Cameron’s also impressed by Queenstown, in what was just his second visit: “What a beautiful place. I’ve been all over the world…and we’ve got one of the most beautiful spots on our doorstep.”
The Thriller charity this year was Wakatipu High’s Branches Charitable Trust which supports students annual camping trips.
Thriller in the Chiller bout winners
Bout 1 – Gazza ‘Gonna Get Ya’ Jack defeats Pete ‘The Punisher’ Dodds (unanimous)
Bout 2 – Sharon ‘Skull Crusher’ Dinneen defeats Kelly ‘The Hammer’ Harrison (unanimous)
Bout 3 – Sammy ‘The Steam Train’ Frame defeats Niel ‘The Ghost’ Louw (unanimous)
Bout 4 – Miriam ‘Krusher’ Kiersey defeats Louise ‘Fast and Furious’ Freeman (unanimous)
Bout 5 – Russ ‘The Muss’ Hall defeats Adam ‘The Assassin’ Smart (split decision)
Bout 6 – Aaron ‘The Pride’ Spain defeats James ‘The Mincer’ Manser (split decision)
Bout 7 – Donald ‘The Enforcer’ Hillis defeats Karlo ‘The Agitator’ Aggerholm (unanimous)
Bout 8 – Megan ‘Mayhem’ Matthews defeats Sarah ‘Storm Born’ Bergin (unanimous)
Bout 9 – Brent ‘Iron Jaw’ Reidy defeats Marcus ‘Mad Dog’ Pringle (split decision)
Bout 10 – Geoff ‘The Grizzler’ Chapman defeats Henry ‘The Hand Grenade’ Youngman (unanimous)