Australia v Northern stars at Hull boxing show
HOT on the heels of champion bantamweight Luke Campbell claiming Olympic gold, international boxers are coming to fight in Hull.
Boxers from Queensland in Australia will step into the ring against opponents from the northern counties.
The sport has seen a spike in interest this year after Campbell won gold in the London 2012 Olympics.
The competition is part of a series of sporting and cultural events designed to bring people into the city to show off what Hull has to offer.
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Organised by Luke's club, St Paul's Boxing Academy, alongside Hull City Council, it could also generate economic benefits and follows international table tennis and world darts tournaments this summer.
There will be 14 contests, featuring four boxers from Hull.
Terry Geraghty, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: "It is about putting the city on the map with international events – not just for sport, but culture as well.
"Leonardo Da Vinci, Hockney, international table tennis and we have just had the world masters darts which was very, very successful.
"People who came couldn't speak highly enough of Hull.
"All the hotels were full and people came from all over the world. The table tennis was such a success, they want to come back again."
He said the boxing tournament was the next stage of the plan to draw visitors from far and wide to the city.
"This latest international event is all part and parcel of bringing big events to the city to create extra expenditure when people come into the city," said Cllr Geraghty.
"Radio Five even said Hull is fast becoming the city of international events. When people come here, they can't believe it.
"You would not believe the domino effect. People go round our museums and say 'What a lovely city.'"
Louis Claridge, current Amateur Boxing Association Junior National Champion, who fights out of St Paul's, is one of four boxers from Hull on the card.
Louis, 16, said: "I'm excited. Not many boxers get the chance to box people from that far afield. It will be invaluable experience and something I want to learn from."
Also fighting from Hull is Jonathan Thorne, of St Paul's, Bobby Smith, of East Hull Amateur Boxing Club, and Sam Knight, of Fishtrades.
Of the 14 bouts, three will feature women boxing from clubs in the north of England.
Mike Bromby, head coach at St Paul's, said: "It will be great, especially with the female success at the Olympics with Nicola Adams.
"It promises to be a fantastic event.
"We are indebted to Hull City Council for this opportunity, which is sure to be a huge success."
The evening takes place at the Sports Arena in Walton Street, west Hull, on Saturday October 27.