Ex­pect­ing ring hid­ing ‘ter­ri­fy­ing’

The New Zealand Herald - - News -

Fac­ing hulk­ing crick­eter Jesse Ry­der in a char­ity box­ing match after just three weeks’ train­ing was “ter­ri­fy­ing” and risky, com­men­ta­tor Mark Wat­son says.

While Wat­son is a for­mer pro­fes­sional sports­man, for­mer Black Cap bats­man Ry­der went into the 2012 bout much younger and with sig­nif­i­cant height, weight and reach ad­van­tages.

Ry­der sub­se­quently made short work of for­mer Ra­dio Sport com­men­ta­tor Wat­son with a firstround tech­ni­cal knock­out.

“When I fought Jesse Ry­der, I knew go­ing in that I was go­ing to get ham­mered and that there was a good chance I was go­ing to get knocked out — and that’s ter­ri­fy­ing,” he said.

“I can cat­e­gor­i­cally tell you my wife did not want me do­ing it, my mother did not want me do­ing it and my wife was in tears dur­ing it.”

Wat­son said he never be­lieved at the time he could die. How­ever, with hind­sight and the knowl­edge two peo­ple had died in char­ity matches in the last three years, he re­alised he could have been badly hurt.

He now be­lieves more should be done to reg­u­late such events and en­sure even match-ups.

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