Scott looks to a fight­ing chance

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

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.

Ticket In­for­ma­tion

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.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

FIGHT­ING FIT: Piarere Young Farm­ers mem­bers Kate Scott, left, and Alex Young have been train­ing for a fight night for char­ity.

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