Scott looks to a fighting chance
Kate Scott has decided to step into the boxing ring because she thinks she has a good chance of winning.
The Piarere Young Farmers member will be taking part in the boxing bout as part of a fight night for charity next weekend.
‘‘I wanted to do it for the fitness but I also think I could win it,’’ she said.
Her confidence has seen her boyfriend, and fellow club member, Alex Young, join her in training. He will also be stepping into the ring.
‘‘I always wanted to try boxing but my mum wouldn’t let me,’’ the Irishman said. ‘‘I haven’t told her about it yet.’’ The couple train three times a week in technique, fitness and sparring with amateur and professional boxers.
Those sparring sessions have not deterred them.
‘‘You get beaten and feel a bit useless but you improve every week,’’ Scott said.
She said fighters will be scored on head and face shots and apart from not being allowed to hit below the belt ‘‘anything goes’’.
Another 18 Young Farmer members from the North Island will also fight two rounds that last three minutes at the event at Mystery Creek Events Centre, next Saturday, July 12.
Fight organiser Jamie Toon, who is part of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Young Farmers club, hoped to raise $10,000 for Land Search and Rescue.
‘‘We raised $8000 last year and $5500 for St Johns the year before that,’’ he said.
There will also be a prize for the most technically proficient boxer.
Gold (Premium) Ringside – Table of 10: $950; Silver – Table of 10: $750; Bronze single seat: $60; Bronze – Table of 10: $600. All tickets include a buffet meal. Visit eventfinder.co.nz for tickets.
FIGHTING FIT: Piarere Young Farmers members Kate Scott, left, and Alex Young have been training for a fight night for charity.