For a quarter of a century, Fight for Life has been the premier boxing event in New Zealand, captivating audiences with thrilling matches and exciting moments in the ring. Throughout its history, some of the biggest names in Australasian sports have stepped into the ring, providing fans with unforgettable memories while raising millions of dollars for charity.
After a highly successful return in 2022, D&L Events is thrilled to bring back I am Hope: Fight for Life 2023. This year’s event promises to be the best one yet, featuring a stacked card of New Zealand’s top boxing talents, as well as big-name celebrities and national sports stars. It will be a night of non-stop action and entertainment, all for a good cause.
On April 27th the highly anticipated Fight for Life event will take place at the Eventfinda Stadium in Auckland. This year’s event aims to raise funds for the I Am Hope charity, an organization that focuses on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of New Zealand’s youth.
From jaw-dropping knockouts to heart-warming stories, Fight for Life has always been an event that brings the community together. Join us on April 27th for another incredible night of boxing and entertainment, while supporting a great cause. Get ready to witness the best boxing that New Zealand has to offer, and cheer on your favourite athletes as they step into the ring to fight for a brighter future.
Sam Tuitopu v Roy Asotasi
All Black v Kiwis captain
Sam Tuitupo is known as the most punishing tackler on the Rugby field EVER!
He’s up against Kiwis Captain and hard man Roy Asotasi. We will see a return to the days of Mad Mark ‘The Horse’ Bourneville as both men look for the big KO win?
Liam Messam v Justin Hodges
All Black V Australian Rugby League and Queensland legend.
Both of these supreme athletes have fought Paul Gallen, producing plenty of fireworks. Liam Messam wants to win the NZ heavyweight title – so this is a must-win fight for him.
DJ Forbes v Sione Faumuina
7s legend v Warriors hard man
Ripped 7s legend DJ Forbes is the fittest celebrity fighter we have ever recruited.
He’s up against the big-hitting, big-swinging legendary Warriors hardman Sione Faumuina. This will be a massive fight with
big shots thrown all night.
IBO Super Bantamweight World Title Fight
NZs own Mea Motu is taking on Canadian Tania Walters in her first world title tilt.
Mea’s all-action, entertaining style is quite something to behold. The Peach Boxing star is the toughest fighter on the card.
Andrei Mikhailovich 19-0 V Edisson Saltarin 16-0 (Venezuela)
Kiwi-Russian KO artist Andrei Mikhailovich is our best ever middleweight prospect.
He is currently IBF number 10 and WBO number 11. – but has a dangerous undefeated opponent in front of him.
With Andrei only four fights away from a world title, this fight is sure to be explosive.
Jerome Pamellone 15-0 V Emmeric Dewaele 8-0 (France)
IBF number 12-ranked light heavyweight Jerome Pampellone is rated as the top prospect in the Peach Boxing Gym. Given that Peach Boxing
has two fighters challenging for world titles – Mea Motu and David Light – in the space of a month, that is saying something.
Like Andrei, Jerome is on the cusp of a world title, and needs an explosive win to continue his surge up the world rankings.
Aussie League Legend
Warriors Hard Man
*This card is correct at the time of publishing but could be subject to change.