The ring returned to Gunnedah Town Hall on Saturday night when Black ‘n’ Blue boxing hosted their Bad Intentions 9 fight night.

The night saw both professional and amateur fighters bout it out, with five youngsters from Gunnedah making their boxing debut.

More than 40 boxers took to the ring, including exhibition fights.

The main bout saw Australia-based Solomon Islands professional boxer, Lemuel Silisia win against Indonesia’s Bima Prakosa in a second-round KO.

The night saw visitors from Sydney, Dubbo and Bathurst travel to Gunnedah to attend the event with organisers calling it a great success.

Gunnedah’s Dave Syphers said it was challenging to have it held the same night as the Gunnedah Show but was still happy to see such a great turnout in numbers to support the local fighters.


Black ‘n’ Blue coach James (Frog) Hogbin said he “was excited for the youngsters to be fighting in front of a home crowd.”

“Our fighters have to travel a lot, unfortunately meaning many of them miss out,” Hogbin said.

“To have the financial backing from local sponsors has been invaluable.

“Being rural, is very difficult but with our sponsorship backing it has allowed an important opportunity for our boxers to showcase their skills, hard work and devoted talent in their hometown.”

On his boxing debut, local fighter Codey Torrens said he was “excited and nervous at the same time.”

“I have been training hard and it is great that I have not had to travel to fight tonight,” Torrens said.

One of the triumphs of the night was Gunnedah amateur Shae Morony who won his fight against Orange Littlefields Boxing’s Riley Govier in his second ever fight.

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