Justin Donally of the Fivestar Fight League says amateur cards give fighters a chance to continue to enhance their skills without going pro before they are ready.“We’ve got an affiliate gym in Tumbler Ridge and our head kickboxing coach [Paul Rosborough] is there all the time and he has a huge amount of athletes there,” he says. “It’s really important that you keep these amateurs active so they’re not going pro before it’s time to go pro. Our kickboxing program here at Fivestar is huge. This gives us a chance to really promote kickboxing as well as MMA.”He adds that last year’s show in Tumbler Ridge went very well despite the small population and hopes to make a stop in the town an annual event for Fivestar.- Advertisement -“Tumbler [Ridge] was a huge success. Aside from Fort St. John it was my favourite show. We had close to 800 people come out in Tumbler Ridge with a population of less than 4,000,” Donally states. “The whole community got behind it. We’ve got six or seven locals competing on the card. It’s a little hidden gem. Not only is it a good fight town but it’s a beautiful place to visit. We’re really looking forward to going back and doing it and we’ll continue to do it every year.” In an effort to allow anyone to come who may have been affected by job losses in the community, tickets prices for the event have been reduced and some will be given away in a charity event prior to weigh ins for the card.“There’s been some layoffs as everybody has heard in the mines down there so obviously we had to look at that when we were planning this card but we said ‘you know what, if we have to go there and give away tickets we’re going to come back’ because we want to support the community,” Donally explains. “We dropped our ticket prices down for this event so everybody could afford to go. We’re doing a charity golf tournament the day before weight ins and giving away a bunch of free tickets for that. It’s what we do; we give back and we’ll put on a great show for Tumbler [Ridge] and we’ll be back next year.”Advertisement Tickets for the event are $65 for beer garden tickets and $45 for general admission. VIP tables run at $100 per person for a table of ten. Tickets are on sale now at Fivestar Athletics.
Uncapped Indian Varun Chakravarthy was sold to Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs 8.40 crore at the IPL 2019 Auction in Jaipur on Tuesday. Varun Chakravarthy, who had a base price of Rs 20 lakh, said he was “over the moon” after fetching big bucks at the auction which witnessed some intense bidding war for the mystery spinner.After a bidding war between Kolkata Knight Riders and KXIP, mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy went to Punjab. Varun Chakravarthy, who hails from Tamil Nadu, has as many as seven variations up his sleeve. Chakravarthy, 27, was an unknown quantity till he turned heads with his performances in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) and the Vijay Hazare Trophy earlier this year.The architect-turned-cricketer said getting a buyer at a base price of Rs 20 lakh was the only thing on his mind.”I am over the moon… I never expected this [to be picked up for such a big amount]. I thought I would be bought at my base price,” Varun told PTI.Chakravarthy broke into the Tamil Nadu 50-overs team on the back of impressive performances in the TNPL for eventual champions Siechem Madurai Panthers and subsequently made his Ranji Trophy debut. He said being picked by an IPL team would help him grow as a cricketer as he could learn from Indian stars including KXIP captain and fellow Tamil Nadu spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.”It is a big opportunity for me. I can’t express my happiness in words. I hope to learn a lot from people like Ravichandran Ashwin, who is the captain of Kings XI Punjab and the others. I can pick the brains of leading international stars and use it to become a better cricketer,” he said.advertisementChakravarthy was designing buildings a few years ago, having completed Bachelors in Architecture from SRM University in Chennai. He initially bowled medium-pace before taking up spin. However, injury forced him to give up bowling medium-pace and turn to spin and his fortunes changed as he began to make an impact in the highly competitive city league.”I stopped being a medium-pacer and took up spin bowling as I felt it would put less pressure on my knee (which I had injured). As it happened the move worked,” he said.Varun said his good show in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, during which he took 22 wickets, helped him get noticed and brought him on the radar of IPL franchises.”My good show in the Vijay Hazare Trophy brought me to prominence and probably IPL franchises would have taken note. I am looking forward to sharing the dressing room with the big names of the game,” he added.He attracted attention during the TNPL for his ability to bowl a variety of deliveries. He mixed off-spinners and leg-cutters making it tough for batsmen to pick him. He picked up nine wickets in the TNPL and was able to carry on the good work in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.He also attended trials with IPL team Mumbai Indians earlier this year. S Vincent, who coached Chakravarthy during his early years at St Patrick’s school here, and is now based in Dubai, said the spinner is a fast learner.Apart from being a quality slow bowler, Chakravarthy is adept with the bat too, Vincent added. He said given the talent Chakravarthy possessed and his dedication, he was going to go places and the IPL could be the first step in that direction.Also Read | IPL 2019 Auction: 8 teams spend Rs 106.80 crore on 60 playersAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh will play for Mumbai Indians next yearAlso Read | Sam Curran gets auctioned for INR 7.20 crore