TAREE boxer Adam Fitzsimmons will fight for the Australasian light heavyweight crown in the main event at the Battle at Old Bar promotion to be held at the Old Bar Tavern on Saturday.
Fitzsimmons will meet Sydneysider Josh Jenkins in the fight that is scheduled to go for eight rounds.
While he had around 100 fights as a amateur Fitzsimmons has only had four as a professonal – his most recent being a a loss to Tim Tszu, son of former world champion Kostya Tszu.
Promoter Beau Callaghan said Fitzsimmons knows he faces a tough challenge against Jenkins, who is unbeaten in three fights.
“He hasn’t had a lot of fights as a professional, but he’s looking to make up for lost time this year,’’ Callaghan said.
“He really wants to make his mark this year, starting on Saturday. But this is going to be a big test for him.’’
The main bout will start around 5.30, with the first event on the program starting at 3pm. Gates will open at 2pm with the promotion to be held in a marquee to be set up in the tavern’s grounds, near where the successful rodeo was conducted in January.
Callaghan said it has taken around 10 weeks to organise the event and there were some logistical problems that had to be overcome, but he’s now happy with the program he has manged to put together.
Three other locals will be fighting in amateur events. Brendan Nash will take on an opponent from Guyra for the Mid North Coast light heavyweight title. This has also been billed as the Battle of the Bullriders.
“They both also ride bulls,’’ Callaghan explained.
“There’ll be a bit of rilvary between them because of that, so it seemed fitting to give the fight that billing.’’
Rob Heath and Ryan Spencer will also be on the card.
Other boxers will come from Newcastle, Sydney and Tamworth.
Former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Justin Rowsell will be the special guest for the day.
Mark O’Neill from the Old Bar Tavern is confident of a crowd of around 500.
“If it works out okay we might have them here a couple of times a year,’’ he said.
“They’re screaming out for a venue.’’