Cameron Slater's first foray in to the boxing ring was a short one but he hasn't ruled out pulling on the gloves again.
The vocal right-wing blogger was knocked out in the first round of his celebrity bout against cricketer Jesse Ryder on the Super 8 fight card in Christchurch last night.
"It's frightening. It's terrifying," Slater said. "But we did it for charity so I had to overcome those fears. I knew I was going to get banged around but it was for charity. I've raised, personally, over $5000 for KidsCan and I'm chuffed with that."
Slater rarely takes a backward step and it must have grated him somewhat that he had to fight out of the red corner, draped in red attire, given his political leanings.
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He dropped 17kg in the lead-up to the bout after training under veteran coach Henry Schuster.
"I'll do it again without such a mismatch but that's fine," Slater said. "I still did it; I still got in there."
Ryder, who came in to the fight as a hot favourite and wore blue, has used boxing for the past few years as part of his fitness regime as a professional cricketer.
The 30-year-old stepped in to the ring in 2012 against outspoken radio host Mark Watson. Ryder dispatched Watson via technical knockout in the first round.
Ryder, a former Black Cap with a history of off-field incidents, will head to England next month to link with county side Essex.
"He got me flush with one and that made me see the red mist a bit," Ryder said of the bout that lasted 1min, 1sec.