Hammer’s aiming for a win
There’s only one Selwyn resident stepping into the ring for the Battle of the Rebuild (BoR), and he’s aiming to conquer.
A black tie charity event, BoR will be held at Horncastle Arena, September 23.
Prebbleton man Murray Chappell has been training two times a day – three if he can – every day for the last month.
‘‘She’s a big commitment,’’ Chappell said.
‘‘I’m making sure I put in the effort. The last thing you want is to look like an idiot.’’
Known in the ring as Muzza The Hammer, Chappell was a first time boxer who joked he only ‘‘had a few pub fights’’ as previous experience.
Chappell met his opponent, John ‘‘Mad Dog’’ Manson and began the traditional trash talking at a recent photo session.
Manson was a returning fighter defending his title. Chappell, determined to dethrone the veteran, said his opponent’s experience did not worry him.
‘‘I’m afraid of no man, and very few women,’’ he said.
Training alongside fellow BoR fighters Bianca Astle, Chris Sinclair and Theresa MacPherson at Fitz’s Gym at Ara Institute’s health centre in Christchurch, he said he had noticed big changes in his fitness and had lost more than 10kg of extra weight.
‘‘When I started, I could only do about 15 seconds before I was puffed.’’
Chappell said he was ‘‘50 per cent there’’ with his training, and just had to focus hard on his fitness.
It was not for himself he would be fighting, but for Heart Kids, which supported children born with heart conditions and their families.
As well as support from his wife Anna, Chappell said his workmates at Aero NZ had been taking on more workload to allow him training time.
‘‘Everyone’s hustling me along. There’s plenty of advice coming in from my boxing mates,’’ he said.
In the lead up to the fight, the Chappells were hosting the ‘‘PreBash’’ at the Prebbleton Clubrooms, 7:30pm on September 15.
As well as live music and interactive comedy show ‘‘The Situation’’, the Chappells had arranged for a charity auction of items including power tools, meal vouchers and a waterblaster.
The money raised would go towards the $5000 Chappell was required to raise for his chosen charity.
Thankful for the support he’d been provided, Chappell said he hoped more local businesses would contribute towards the auction.
— Tickets for the event are $35 and available from Anna Chappell via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘‘There's plenty of advice coming in from my boxing mates.’’
Murray "the hammer" Chappell
Murray ‘‘Muzza the Hammer’’ Chappell, Selwyn’s contender in the Battle of the Rebuild.