Boss dons the gloves for char­ity bout

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Watch­ing your boss jump in the ring for a scrap with a TV celebrity may seem a fan­tasy too good to be true but last week­end it hap­pened as high fly­ers from across the State de­scended on Perth for the 2017 Royal Queens­bury Cham­pi­onships.

The Royal Queens­bury event sees 18 well-known com­peti­tors with lit­tle or no box­ing ex­pe­ri­ence un­der­take 11 weeks of train­ing be­fore get­ting in the ring to raise money for Toy­Box In­ter­na­tional.

Ex­mouth and Fre­mantle­based Jet­wave Marine Ser­vices man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michael Hansen was one leader to throw his hat in the ring.

Mr Hansen said he be­came in­volved to help his fit­ness.

“I’ve al­ways loved box­ing but never ac­tu­ally got in the ring and had a bout,” he said.

“It was a good op­por­tu­nity to get in there and test my met­tle and have a bit of fun as well.

“I was that ner­vous that I didn’t watch one fight be­fore my bout.”

Mr Hansen said he was knocked out of the com­pe­ti­tion on a points de­ci­sion.

The event, which cel­e­brated its 10th an­niver­sary last week­end, was held at Crown Tow­ers in Perth. The RQCC has raised more than $1.5 mil­lion for WA chil­dren’s char­i­ties since 2007.

Other box­ers to bat­tle it out in the ring this year in­cluded 2016 Miss Uni­verse WA Car­men Parra, Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia 2015 na­tional fi­nal­ist Tayla Damir and Mar­ried at First Sight twins Sharon and Michelle Marsh.

Pic­ture: Pink Tank Events

Jet­wave Marine Ser­vices man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michael Hansen.

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