Two first-time boxers are counting down the days until they step foot in the ring to compete in the Portside Punch.
Waitaki District councillor Melanie Tavendale and Oamaru i-SITE worker Chontelle Watson will be one of 11 bouts on show at next month’s Portside Punch.
On the night, the two ladies will be known as ‘Mischief’ Melanie Tavendale and Chonnie ‘Strong Wind’ Watson.
Tavendale, who is taking part in boxing for the first time, said she was really enjoying it.
“It’s good,” she said. “We’ve been training for about nine weeks or so and the trainers have been awesome and helped us out lots.”
Tavendale and Watson will be the first bout of the night so there will be plenty of expectations on them to deliver an entertaining fight to the crowd.
“It should be a good fight. She’s really competitive,” said Tavendale.
Despite being nine weeks into the training and less than a month from the official bout, she said it was unlikely she would continue boxing after the event.
“I don’t think I will continue boxing after this event; one fight is enough,” she said.
Watson, a proud Oamaruvian, said she had really enjoyed the boxing training.
“It’s been a lot of fun. It’s my time boxing and I’m looking forward to the fight.”
She said she knew she would have to come out firing from the first round if she was to win.
“Melanie is similar to myself. She’s rough and competitive and will be a tough opponent.”
Despite not having boxed before putting her hand up to compete in the Portside Punch, Watson said she was looking to carry it on.
“The fitness is really good and I’m enjoying it and thinking about carrying on boxing.”
When asked if she would like to participate in the event, Watson jumped at the chance.
“I heard about the event and what it’s for. It’s such a great cause to be involved with and giving something back to this town,” she said.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY
PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY
PREPARING TO FIGHT: ‘Mischief’ Melanie Tavendale and Chontelle ‘Strong Wind’ Watson pose ahead of their boxing bout as part of the Portside Punch on June 21.