A real estate agent, a police detective and a former model now media consultant are the first women to enter the running for the Carrus Lord of the Ring Corporate Charity Boxing Challenge.
Real estate agent Nicolette Aldridge and police detective Dianne Lewis, will step into the ring at the Tauranga Corporate Charity Boxing Challenge, to conquer the challenge of the unknown and also assist in raising funds for Waipuna Hospice.
Deb Batkins, from the Bay of Plenty Times will also be battling. She will be sponsored by the Bay of Plenty Times' Saturday lifestyle magazine, indulge.
On Saturday the 8th December 2012, a number of Western Bay business professionals will go glove to glove in the boxing ring, at the Lord of the Ring corporate fight night at the TECT Arena at Baypark Mount Maunganui. Sanctioned by the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association, the evening is a black tie event.
Nicolette said " I put my name forward for the Lord of the Ring as I see the preparation and time in the ring on the night, as a good mental challenge along with the physical requirements. Dianne replied "that the fight will take me out of my comfort zone and is a personal challenge that will test my strength both physically and mentally".
Deb Batkins said she was inspired to enter because of wishing to support the Waipuna Hospice charity, and to show that women can be beautiful and strong.
"But for me the main motivation is raising money for a cause close to my heart."
Tuesday the 16th October 2012 is the first day of reckoning for all the participants in the Carrus Lord of the Ring Corporate Boxing Challenge. All the men and women who will test their courage at the TECT Arena, will undertake an identical training program at TGA Box with principal and Lord of the Ring head coach Chris Walker.
Chris Walker said, " All the boxers on the night will enter the ring with the same preparation, with the winners on the night likely to be those who want it more than their opponent". "We have made sure that the selected boxers for each bout are of relatively equal height and weight and with same training the majority of bouts are likely to be extremely close, with the final result in the hands of the three judges".