Friday, May 8 saw nearly 1300 of Perth’s well-suited and glamorously dressed flood into the Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth for the eighth annual Royal Queensbury Championship, proudly presented by We Are Loans.
And what a night it was. With the number of boxers upped for the first time this year to 22, ten weeks of training culminated in an electric event and some highly anticipated matchups. Anyone who had glimpsed the 2015 RQCC squad training at the Hurt Locker boxer gym in Claremont knew this would be a high-octane sport.
As always, the entrances were worthy of a Vegas fight night, ranging from a hilarious take-off of Miley Cyrus’ raunchy ‘Wrecking Ball’ video clip to stirring scenes from ‘Bravehart’ and choreographed dance entourages.
But it was the eleven bouts that had the packed ballroom on its feet; each divided into three intense rounds of two minutes each and judged by officials from Boxing WA. Fight of the Night was deservedly awarded to the much-hyped battle between Ryan “THE PICADOR” Price and Laina “THE HUNTED” Stagoll, with the ladies delivering a nail-biter right through to the final bell. Shane “WRECKING” Ball won The Spirit of The Event for his commitment, sportsmanship and positive attitude from training day one right up to fight night.
Channel Ten personality Tim Gossage hosted the event once again and called the exciting live auction at the halftime break, full of incredible luxury items and experiences. Some big buyers in the crowd dug deep for the charity auction, snapping up everything from a Fender guitar signed by the Foo Fighters to a stay at the exclusive Karma Kandara resort in Bali, and even a one-off painting by Anna McEachran commissioned exclusively by Box Magazine.
The live auction also presented a wonderful opportunity for ToyBox International to help fund the Camp Quality Fun Camp or one-year placements for children in the Telethon Speech & Hearing Playgroup program. RQCC guests threw their hands up in support, eager to support Perth kids in need.
With the event being a sell-out yet again, those who missed out on tickets were able to watch the live stream and post-fight interviews thanks to broadcast sponsor Hot Copper.
An incredible night was had by all, and most importantly for a truly worthy cause – all money raised on the night went directly to children’s charity ToyBox International, which funds important grants for Australia’s sick and disadvantaged kids.
The Royal Queensbury Championship, organised by Pink Tank Events, is held in Perth every May. If you would like to get involved as a potential boxer or sponsor please contact firstname.lastname@example.org