Saturday night in Taupo was the second Zero Risk King of the Ring charity boxing event and wow was it fantastic. Event Director Brent Marshall exceeded the high bar set with the inaugural event in 2009 in which $100,000 was raised for local charities. The 2011 event raised $225,000! Incredible result for a town with a population of 24,000 – 1,800 tickets sold for the event and 22 local charities will now benefit from the money raised.
The highest praise of course goes to the 16 locals (19 if you include the reserves) who literally put their bodies on the line. There were 8 bouts and the participants were very well matched which made for exciting viewing.
It was not all about boxing though. The event included an array of great entertainers – some local, some not and its hard to believe that 7 hours were packed full of entertainment. There were also video clips from a range of well-known New Zealanders including our Prime Minister John Key. King of the Ring was professional, slick and like many other events – Taupo punched well above its weight yet again (no excuse for the pun).
Can’t wait to see what Brent Marshall and the King of the Ring Charitable Trust turn their attention to next.