Story: Boxing and wrestling

Boxing match, New Plymouth, 1930

The 1920s and early 1930s were boxing's heyday as a spectator sport in New Zealand. This 1930 bout between New Zealander Tommy Donovan and US boxer Pete Sarron drew the largest-ever crowd for a boxing match in New Zealand – almost 18,000.

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Joseph Romanos, 'Boxing and wrestling - Professional boxing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 March 2024)

Story by Joseph Romanos, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Jan 2015