Midget Boxing set to cause outrage


As is usual these days someone is outraged over two individuals choosing to box each other…voluntarily…just because they happen to be short. Though you can’t tell who is outraged because the Herald article doesn’t say…perhaps they are trying to find some outrage and are soliciting for it.

The promoter of a boxing match between two dwarves insists it’s a serious fight and can’t see why anyone would object.

Colin Lane and Matthew Wood will square off ahead of the Parker – Botha fight on June 13.

Each of them stands at 1.3m tall, roughly four foot eight. 

Promoter Dean Lonergan admits a few purists are sticking their noses up, but he is confident it will be a great match.

“We think there’ll be some public interest and we think that they’ll do a good job if we get the right guys.

“And we’ve gone out and got the right guys and they’ve been training now for the last four weeks, and they’re fit and strong and healthy.

“And they’ll put on a good show like everyone else we’ve had in the past.”

Lonergan says there has been plenty of positive feedback so far.

Perhaps if they branded it Hobbit boxing then Helen Kelly could have been outraged. In any case I doubt Duco Events will care if someone gets on their high Shetland pony to be all outraged…they will laugh at all the free publicity.


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  • Steve (North Shore)

    1.3M = 4ft 3″ + 3/16. Nowhere near 4ft 8″
    Just to be pedantic. Imperial is not that hard to read or convert to.

  • Travis Poulson

    I don’t think Lonergan will be giving a shit about the outrage. All the more better for his company.

    I still wish we could have a right vs left blog undercard, I’d volunteer for it. Me vs some sack of shit from The Standard. Or Barton Madbury….

    • WayneO

      Barton would never agree, he has far too many properties to market to waste time training for such things.

    • Mr Sackunkrak

      Fuck yeah! Sign me up for that! Punching the snot out of a snivelling lefty would be such fun. You will find me on the forth floor of Les Mills Extreme Wgn every Mon, Wed and Sat. Can I see off that smug wanker Lyn?

      • Travis Poulson

        Tag team boxing perhaps? be a great curtain raiser.

        • Mr Sackunkrak

          You probably wouldn’t get a turn, they are all a bit cream-puffery.

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    To the idiot purists who think this is wrong. Surely if you don’t let them box then you are disciminating against them. If they had never boxed before then it could be looked at as a stunt but that isn’t the case in this instance.

    • Cadwallader

      Agree: As an added feature the promoters could toss the dwarves into the ring, perhaps on to a bull’s-eye?

  • Greg

    No No its quite appropriate as the whole thing is a circus anyway.

    • Travis Poulson

      Not the whole thing, Joseph Parker is a legitimate sportsman and possible future world title contender. The best chance we’ve had since Tua anyway.

    • WayneO

      Completely disagree. Joseph Parker is a strong contender as a future champion. To get to title level he needs to fight many, many chumps. This is the beginning of his journey.

  • Michael

    They’re both adults who are aware of what they are doing, and how Lonergan is exploiting them for publicity and how they will benefit (or otherwise) from it. End of discussion.

  • Cadwallader

    Years ago I recall a wonderful Truth headline which was concerned that the dwarf cast of Snow White were having between show drinks in a pub near their theatre in Wellington which was also a well known hang-out for prostitutes. The headline ran…”Dwarves In For Short Take!” In those days postured outrage was non-existent.

  • John Q Public

    I see the guy on left of that pic all the time , including last week when he was heading into that boxing gym on Stanley St. He may be 3 foot fuck all tall, but he’s built like brick shit house

  • flashman

    Life imitating art – Time Bandits! Napoleon says, “That’s what I like, little things, hitting each other!”