THE VERY FIRST ‘BIG FIGHTS’ was staged in March 2012, fast forward more than six years and now we are days away from the 21st show. Over the course of six years and twenty shows stars have been born, dreams realised, legacies defined, plenty of heartbreak and lost of elation.
Many a champion has been crowned. To be exact 1 World Youth Champion, 1 WBU World Champion, 1 Commonwealth champion, 5 regional champions, 5 Australian champions and 5 Queensland champions.
“We take great pride in providing a platform for fighters to achieve their goals,” TGW & Smithy’s Promotions promoter Brendon Smith said.
“In some cases we’ve seen fighters make their debut on one of our cards and then go onto achieve International status in the sport.
“Not only our local fighters but some of the visiting fighters we’ve had on the card as well.
“Jack Asis featured on our very first show and went on to be a WBA Regional Champion and an IBO World Champion.
“Kris George debuted on our second show and went on to become a Commonwealth Champion.
“A World champion like Michael Katsidis has featured on our cards a number of times.
“The you have the diamonds from the rough like Herman Ene-Purcell who debuted in a football tag team fight, from there he took up the sport full time and he’s lining up for his 21st bout this weekend.
“Fast forward into the future and when we look back at some of the amazing stories that have emerged from these fight shows there will be memories and legacies that will never be forgotten.”
The reach of the TGW & Smithy Bring Back the Big Fights 21 card extends well beyond Toowoomba.
A number of the bouts staged in the Garden City have attracted national and international exposure. In one of the biggest sporting events seen in Toowoomba Paul Gallen took on Herman Ene-Purcell.
Links have been established all over the World, Toowoomba based fighters have had the opportunity to fight in New Zealand, England, Thailand and China.
“We’re so proud of where we come from,” Smith said.
“To champion Toowoomba all over the World is something very important to me.
“To see the likes of Herman Ene-Purcell, Jack Asis, Steven Spark & Josh Baillie fight in China on massive cards is very special.
“Brayd became the first boxer to ever fight on the World renowned muay thai King’s Cup in Thailand, that’s something we might never see again.
“Kris George fought in New Zealand and England on shows beamed right across the Globe.
“Jack Asis defended his World title in South Africa.
“We’ve truly been able to build an international presence from right here in our own backyard of Toowoomba.
“We’re from Toowoomba, which might only be small on a global map but we’ve proven we’re World class and that’s something I’m very proud of.”
The international flavour is again very evident in this weekend’s TGW & Smithy bring the Big Fights 21 card. Current Australian champion Steven Spark takes on Japan’s Taisho Ozawa for the Brayd Smith WUC title.
Samoa’s Herman Ene-Purcell and Tonga’s Will Nasio meet in a mouth watering match up for the Queensland title.
Fijian prospect Jim Nalawa meets Papua New Guinea’s Jayddi Kalambe
Greek warrior Nektarios Stathis takes on former Toowoomba boy Daniel Crawford who returns from a ten year lay off.
In a Toowoomba vs Townsville showdown Chris Brackin fights Mark Snook and in a highly anticipated local derby Chris Hamilton returns to the Garden City to face Brent Moore.
“It is very much an international card with seven countries represented on this promotion,” Smith said.
“The two title fights are must wins, with high honours beckoning for the victors.
“There is also a lot of intrigue around the other fights as well with many experts divided on who they think will be victorious.
“All up between the twelve pro’s on the card we have 3 undefeated fighters and another 5 fighters who have only one career loss to their name.
“Come Saturday night another 6 winners will have their hands raised and they’ll have their place cemented on the legacy of the TGW & Smithy brings the Big Fights honour board.”