Packing a punch
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