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Boxers from all over New Zealand have descended upon Invercargill this week (October 7-10) to contest the 2015 Boxing New Zealand National Championships. From Kerikeri to Queenstown, the nation’s best have traveled by plane, train and automobile to claim their own place on the 103 year-old ‘Roll of Champions’.

Meanwhile, 14,025 kilometres away in Doha, Qatar, Patrick Mailata (91kg+), David Nyika (91kg), Josh Nyika (69kg) and Chad Milnes (60kg) will be pitting themselves against the best in the world at the 18th AIBA World Championships. All four were national champions at the same event in Queenstown last year (David Nyika at 81kg), so this year there will be at least three new champions crowned in the Elite Male class.

Our Junior Male and Youth Male teams have recently returned from action at the Junior Boxing World Championships (in St. Petersburg) and the Youth Commonwealth Games (Samoa) where they all, no doubt, gained valuable experience – the majority of them will be in action at the Southland Stadium over the coming week. Also on view, in the Elite Female category, will be New Zealand’s own Olympian – Alexis Pritchard – who will be looking to add to her half-dozen national titles.

So, while the thoughts of a few may be in Doha at the Olympic qualifying event, there is a fantastic opportunity for us all to experience first-hand the fantastic array of talent we have here in beautiful Aotearoa at Invercargill on the Foveaux Strait.

-- Harry Otty, Coach - Spartan Boxing

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