‘I’m not scared of much’, kick­boxer says

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

Ask Rosie Dux­field if she hits like a girl and the an­swer is quick and em­phatic.

‘‘Damn straight I hit like a girl.’’

She says grow­ing up with two broth­ers has prob­a­bly helped her be able to step into the kick box­ing ring.

The 22-year-old stud­ied full­time and worked two part-time jobs, but said her favourite place was the Al­pha Muay Thai Club in Els­don.

‘‘I’m there at every spare mo­ment I have. I’m just part of the fur­ni­ture there. ‘‘I’d live there if I could.’’ Dux­field said she first started muay thai kickboxing with a group of friends as a way to get fit.

‘‘The club is re­ally wel­com­ing, it’s like a fam­ily and it’s nice to have some­where to fit in.

‘‘Five of us went along to try it and I was the only one who went back.’’

Muay thai ap­pealed be­cause of how the sport prides it­self on tra­di­tion.

‘‘There’s so much re­spect be­tween gyms and train­ers and fight­ers . . . you can see that.’’

Dux­field is fight­ing at the Hon­our 11 event be­ing held in Porirua on July 30.

In the weeks lead­ing up to a fight her train­ing in­ten­si­fies and the spar­ring at the gym steps up a notch.

‘‘You start pick­ing things up and you no­tice spar­ring gets harder.

‘‘You feel the change in the gym as the in­ten­sity shifts.

‘‘When I’m com­ing up to a fight I want to know I’ve done ev­ery­thing in my power to be as ready as I can be.’’

She doesn’t get too ner­vous be­fore a fight and be­ing hit doesn’t scare her.

‘‘I’m the only girl fighter at the gym at the mo­ment, which means I have to spar with the guys.

‘‘I get hit way harder at the gym than I’m ever go­ing to get hit in the ring. ‘‘I’m not scared of much.’’ The fight­ers wear mouth­guards, but Dux­field said she had es­caped rel­a­tively un­scathed, only suf­fer­ing from bruises and a bleed­ing nose.

‘‘The girls go hard out. I don’t know if we feel like we have some­thing to prove, but they all go for it. ‘‘It’s adrenalin, it’s amaz­ing, I love it.’’

Rosie Dux­field, right, fights Mamta Mor­ganan: ‘‘The girls go hard out."

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