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