Anticipation is building for the Murray River Rumble which is returning to ClubMulwala on October 22 after a sell out inaugural show last year.
The event, a major fundraiser for the Murray River Boxing Club, also raises funds for local community groups and charities and this year the Rumble is supporting two local community groups, the Mulwala Public School P&C and the Mulwala Blue Light Army Cadet Program.
In addition to the local programs the boxing event will support SIDS and Kids, with Shaun Robbins and Jake Russell from the Barooga Football Netball Club lacing up the gloves to raise money in honour of a young family from the Barooga community who were recently touched by tragedy.
A Finley footballer, Matt ‘Jok Bok’ Boyd will be stepping into the ring, raising funds to support another Finley local Leonnie Brew, a single mother of two young girls recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
The proceeds of the major raffle held on the night will also go towards those two worthy causes.
Shaun told the Chronicle he was approached to enter into the boxing tournament by the head coach of Cobram Thai Boxing, Darren Withers, and was “too scared to say no”.
“This will be my first time in the ring and I am very nervous but it will be good,” Shaun said.
“I have worked on stamina and protecting myself.
“I hope I come up against a short person so I can get away from him.”
It is also Jake’s first boxing tournament but he believed he would go okay.
“I go to Cobram Thai Boxing for my fitness during footy season and I still go a couple of times a week in the off season,” Jake said.
“Fitness and speed will by my strengths.”
Matt, almost the elder statesman of the group, said he had boxed before in his younger years.
“I did a couple of football bouts when I was younger and sillier,” Matt said.
“I won one and I lost one so I have no idea how this one will turn out, I am a bit nervous to be honest.
“My strength I believe is my experience; I am like a white Iron Mike Tyson.”
As well as the ‘away’ fighters there will be some great local talent appearing on the card with Yarrawonga’s Pat Mitchell and Jack Moore sure to entertain the crowd.
ClubMulwala is the function’s major sponsor and the Murray River Rumble is also supported by Extreme Cleaning Australia, Stuart Simmons Motorcycles, Mowers & Marine and the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
If you wish to sponsor Shaun Robbins, Jake Russell, Matt Boyd or any other fighter please contact Matt Kennedy on 0438 259 713.
Tickets are selling fast at ClubMulwala reception with only a handful remaining; ringside seats are $50 and general admission is $30.