Dust off those boxing gloves!
In a major coup for Queensland’s tourism industry, it’s been revealed the much-anticipated fight between Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu has been locked in for next month.
The State Government confirmed the bout will go ahead at Townsville’s Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Wednesday, 26 August.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it’s great news for our struggling tourism industry, which has copped a $5 billion battering due to the coronavirus crisis.
“This blockbuster event will be a big shot in the arm too for the Townsville economy,” the Premier said.
“Jeff Horn is one of Queensland’s favourite sporting star, I know the people of Townsville and North Queensland will jump at the chance to see him box in their own backyard.”
Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 2:00pm, with an attendance of up to 16,000 fans approved in the COVID-Safe “site specific” plan.
“COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the tourism and events industry, but thanks to the efforts of Queenslanders to flatten the curve, we’ve been able to slowly ease restrictions and start reopening our economy,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“It’s the perfect opportunity for interstate boxing fans to fly to Townsville for the fight and then stay on and take a break in the region.
“They can experience the Great Barrier Reef, get a taste of the outback or catch a Cowboys game while they’re in town.”
Former World champion Jeff Horn said he was thrilled when he heard the news the fight was back on.
“I can’t tell you how happy I am… To finally have a new date and to know I’ll be fighting in Townsville in front of a home crowd is just great,” he said.
While his opponent, Tim Tszyu, said he is certainly ready to rumble in just over six weeks.
“I’m really excited for this fight. My Dad fought in front of packed Townsville Stadium and I hope to put on a great show for everyone,” Tszyu said.
The event was initially predicted to drive 8,550 visitors to Townsville, generating 24,100 room nights and a spend of $5.6m.
“With the capacity available, we believe this event will still drive those numbers for Queensland,” Tourism Minister Kate Jones said.
“We know that businesses right throughout North Queensland are hurting right now and events like this are crucial to our recovery.”
Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com.au from 2:00pm Monday, 13 July.