Ham­mer’s aim­ing for a win

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - FRONT PAGE - MATTHEW SALMONS

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 the­bash­heartkids@gmail.com.

‘‘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.

Chap­pell train­ing.

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