MEET TARANAKI’S ‘TERMINATOR’

Taranaki Daily News - - Front Page - LEIGHTON KEITH

Boxer Tarn ‘‘The Terminator’’ Reid has big plans to fight her way to a na­tional ti­tle in front of her home crowd next month.

Reid will step into the ring with North­land’s Quinita Hati for the New Zealand Pro­fes­sional Box­ing Com­mis­sion (NZPBC) na­tional ti­tle at the Fowler Homes Taranaki Ex­plo­sion Fight Night on May 19, at New Ply­mouth’s TSB Sta­dium.

The fight, a re-match af­ter the pair’s first bout in De­cem­ber ended in a draw, is the first fe­male ti­tle fight to be held in the re­gion.

Reid, who fought for four am­a­teur ti­tles with­out suc­cess be­fore turn­ing pro­fes­sional, said it would mean a lot to her to be able to claim the ti­tle in front of her lo­cal crowd.

‘‘Yep with­out a doubt, the last fight I had against her I did have a few in­juries that didn’t help. This time I’m go­ing in 100 per cent fit,’’ the 39-year-old said.

‘‘It would mean heaps, it’s kind of what I have al­ways wanted to get un­der my belt.’’

The per­sonal trainer and owner of New Ply­mouth’s Olym­pus Fit­ness and Per­for­mance Gym has been box­ing for nine years and said her train­ing for the bout had been go­ing well.

‘‘I’m go­ing into this fight with my eyes open and I have a height ad­van­tage which means I can box a dif­fer­ent style of fight to Quinita.

‘‘I have been train­ing hard and have been spar­ring with Com­mon­wealth Games boxer Me­gan Maka so I am re­ally happy with my prepa­ra­tion.’’

She said fe­male fight­ers were more tech­ni­cal than males and didn’t just stand and swing, so the crowd was set for a show.

‘‘They are very busy fight­ers. They don’t want to be hit so they are smart about it.’’

The event will fea­ture nine bouts, a mix of pro­fes­sional and cor­po­rate box­ers, and would be the first to be staged since Sam Rapira re­tired in May 2017.

Or­gan­iser Ash­ley Smith said they were ex­pect­ing strong lo­cal sup­port for the fix­ture.

‘‘We have a great card or­gan­ised and we are re­ally pleased to be able to sup­port Tarn in her na­tional ti­tle fight against Quinita,’’ Smith said.

‘‘The box­ing nights are tremen­dous fun and the cor­po­rate fight­ers have been train­ing hard and re­ally add to the en­ter­tain­ment value,’’ she added.

"I'm go­ing into this fight with my eyes open... I'm go­ing in 100 per cent fit."

Tarn "The Terminator" Reid

ANDY JACK­SON/STUFF

Tarn Reid in train­ing for her up­com­ing bout for a New Zealand ti­tle.

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