Pack­ing a punch

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Andrew Aloia andrew. aloia@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

Meet the as­sis­tant nurse who is mak­ing a name in the box­ing ring

TRAIN them, beat them and fix them.

That’s the life of 165cm, 55kg power-punch­ing pock­et­dy­namo Liz Davies.

By day, she works part-time as an in­struc­tor at Max Fit Health and Fit­ness and as an as­sis­tant nurse at the Townsville Day Surgery. Then by night, she trains overtime as a boxer. It may seem like a con­tra­dic­tion be­tween her sport­ing love and pro­fes­sional life, but Davies says one has noth­ing to do with the other.

‘‘ It’s not like I hurt them, then nurse them,’’ she laughed.

‘‘ It’s a sport, and one that if you don’t hurt them, they are go­ing to hurt you.’’

The 27-year-old proved that all her com­bi­na­tions in and out of the ring are just right when her young ca­reer hit a new high at the Cor­po­rate Box Gym in Bris­bane re­cently, de­feat­ing the highly rated Hanna Reed – who holds the Queens­land kick­box­ing ti­tle – on a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion.

Just weigh­ing in for the bout – only her third – was a tri­umph in it­self, hav­ing to shed 2kg.

‘‘ We pretty much train ev­ery day and try­ing to lose that sort of weight was re­ally hard be­cause I don’t carry a lot of weight as it is,’’ she said.

‘‘ I had to do a strict diet plan for four or five weeks, picked up the train­ing and in­volved a lot more car­dio and in­ter­val train­ing.’’

She may have come in a lit­tle leaner, but for some­one who can bench her body mass with­out com­plaint, it just made her lighter on her feet. And she needed it in front of an away crowd. ‘‘ It was in her back­yard. It was pretty hard rock­ing up and there are 200 peo­ple and ev­ery­one is cheer­ing for her and no one for me,’’ Davies said.

Davies shared her suc­cess on the night with cruis­er­weight Paul Ge­doun who was dev­as­tat­ing in his sec­ond round knock­out of Matt Noyes.

POWER PUNCHER: 27-year-old Liz Davies of Cran­brook at the gym

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