Justin Whitehead, Pierre Leemann, Brad Morgan and Marie Hicks. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

An afternoon of music and exhibition boxing will see fans enjoying themselves at the Bendigo Racecourse next month in aid of men’s mental health with the Help Your Mate program.

The Art of Pugilism and Aussie Rock features a 12 bout card along with high-powered Victorian rock band Unnroolee and the multi-talented Marie Antoinette Hicks keeping fans on the edge of their seats.

This won’t be the first time the classical trained vocalist and violinist Miss Hicks has performed at such an event, after performing at the Night of Dragons fight-night last March at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre.

“I’ll be doing a couple of  Amy Winehouse numbers as well as accompanying Unnroolee for Cold Chisel’s classic power ballad –  When the War Is Over,” Miss Hicks said.

While on the fight front former Australian heavyweight champion and well-known Bendigo identity Justin Whitehead along with undefeated WBF Australasian champions Brad Morgan and Matt Hall will showcase their winning pugilistic abilities in one of the three All Star Exhibition bouts.

“I’ve always happy to help out a worthwhile cause,” Mr Whitehead said, who still gets down to the Vinton Street gym a couple of times a week to train with up to 20 or so other local boxers and has known the organisers  since before his first amateur bout in 1998.

The nine undercard exhibitions bouts feature up-and-coming Bendigo boxers including Bendigo Blues and Roots’ festival director Colin Thompson, obviously a man of many talents as well.

This is an alcohol and smoke free event.

The Art of Pugilism and Aussie Rock, 1pm Sunday, March 3 – tickets $25/35 at www.bendigoregion.com.au

And as a special curtain raiser to the March event, musicians and boxers will  be at the Vinton Street gym in California Gully between 3pm and 5pm this Sunday, for a low-key launch and poster signings.

Nick Atyeo