Rugby player tackles new sport
Waikato rugby player Michelle Montague will fight in her first boxing match next year.
The event, Royal Rampage, will also be the first time a female world title fight will be held in New Zealand. On April 16 Gentiane Lupi will fight Ronica Jeffrey in the WBOWorld Female Featherweight Title Fight.
The Matamata resident will be one of the two corporate fights at the Trusts Arena in Auckland. She will be the only Waikato boxer at the event. Promoter Lisa Lewis felt Duco hadn’t put on fairly matched fights for the Fight for Life so she had made sure her event will. Seven former world champions will be also fighting.
Montague said rugby had given her the physical and mental strength to tackle boxing and MMA, which she has started training in 10 weeks ago. She spends 20 hour a week training.
She doesn’t need to get used to physical contact because she is used to tackling players. She said doing a takedown in MMA is basically a tackle to her.
Growing up with an older brother also shaped her. ‘‘Growing up on a farm with him made me quite a physical child to say the least,’’ she said. ‘‘I think my best friends from back in the day can vouch for that and say that maybe I was too rough and just didn’t know from being on a farm and with my brother.’’
She said if she wanted to hang out The Matamata Chronicle has two double passes to Royal Rampage to give away. The first two people to private message the Chronicle through our Facebook page will win these.
with her brother when she was young she had to be tough because ‘‘he didn’t want to play Barbies’’.
Montague’s motivation to get involved in the boxing event was because some of the money will go to Women’s Refuge. ‘‘Already $5000 has gone to that organisation and the event is on April 16 so there’s so much time to raise money.’’
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