Spotlight on spars
WARWICK Cowboys President’s Cup winning coach Mark Fowler will be one of the celebrities in action at the Warwick Boxing Club Spar Night tomorrow from 6pm at the club gym, in Albert Street.
Fowler, who teaches at Warwick State High School, was halfback, captain and goal kicker for the Warwick Cowboys C-grade rugby league side which won the President’s Cup and went down in the grand final in the Toowoomba competition this year.
The spar on Friday night will be the first of his sporting career.
The evening is being organised by club secretary Andrew Jones to raise funds to help the costs of 12 at-risk boys, aged 14 and 15, and their mentors to travel to Vanuatu in January.
Two of the mentors, Kyle Teer and Shane Parry, will be in celebrity spars on the night.
The trip to Vanuatu for a week will be the climax of a three-month program to guide the boys to make the right decisions in the future and lead them to job and long-term security.
Former state boxing champion Chris Fox will be matched against one of the 20 club members in the boxing program.
“We will have someone big enough to spar against Chris who fought as a light heavyweight,” Jones said.
Brittany Wallace will be the one girl in action on the spar night and, if necessary, will shape up to one of the boys in the club.
She has been training for the past 18 months.
Jones said, while the event was a Spar Night, the rules of boxing would apply.
“There will be a referee for each spar,” Jones said.
“The aim of a spar is not to knock the opposition boxer down.
“This is the first time the club has organised a spar night as a fund raiser.”
While Jones has received some support from businesses to support the trip, he has his fingers crossed the spar night will be an outstanding success.
There will be at least 20 spars tomorrow night.
Admission is $5 and some of the boys heading to Vanuatu will work on the barbecue and assist in voluntary roles.
The boxing club gym is at the western end of Albert Street and a new concrete pad had been laid outside the front door due to the growth in daily fitness groups at the gym.