TWO Bathurst women had strong local support when they stepped into the ring for the Dreamtime Sports Academy’s final fight night on Saturday.
A good crowd supported the fight night at Bathurst Showground and were treated to 13 hard-fought contests, including three title bouts.
But it was the performance of local women Sam Mulley and Ruby Troncoso that really excited promoter Nathan Swadling and got the crowd to their feet.
Mulley went down to Dubbo fighter Enja Prest in a split decision after three brutal rounds while Troncoso, having her first fight in the square ring, held her own but could not quite get the job done against Shandy-Lee Cooper.
Mr Swadling said women’s boxing had enjoyed a boost in popularity and there were more women than men in the crowd on Saturday.
“I don’t really understand it but I’m not going to argue with it,” Mr Swadling said of the gender imbalance in the crowd.
“I guess having the two local women in the card makes a difference because they both brought along a lot of friends to see them in action and they had really good support.
“The success of [UFC champion] Ronda Rousey has also seen a big influx of female boxers across the world.”
Another highlight on Saturday was the performance of Bathurst fighter Mitch Stevens to defeat former Australian champion Daniel Parkinson in the 85kg division.
“Mitch really stepped up and beat him in every round,” Mr Swadling said.
Mr Swadling said Saturday night’s show was the 41st he had promoted across NSW and the fifth he had held in Bathurst.
He said each show had been well supported and they had raised thousands of dollars for charity, but it was time for a break.
“We’ve been extremely active with these nights but it takes a toll,” he said.
“The nights have always been well received and we’ve always had plenty of support.
“I’m now going to concentrate on getting the gym going and then Christmas will be here before you know it.”
There were two female bouts and 11 male bouts on Saturday night.