Preparing for ring debut

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Next weekend can’t come quickly enough for Waitaki Warriors female boxer Chontelle Watson.

She is scheduled to take part in the South Island Novice Championships at the Woolston Boxing Club on March 21-22.

Ever since taking part in the Portside Punch in June last year, Watson has had a passion for boxing, and after a false start in September last year when Watson was scheduled to fight in a tournament in Christchurch but no opponents could be found for her, she said she couldn’t wait until next weekend.

“I can’t wait to fight. It will be awesome. I’ve been waiting a long time for a fight, so hopefully they have an opponent for me.”

Boxing was never something she contemplated until she was asked to compete in the Portside Punch about a year ago. However, after training for that and competing in her first fight, Watson decided it was something she wanted to commit to.

“A year ago I never thought I’d be getting ready for my first boxing bout.”

Watson is loving the challenges boxing brings.

“I love the trainings and what comes with boxing, it’s a great test both mentally and physically and the group within the club is fantastic and we have a fantastic club culture.”

While she is looking forward to her first fight in nine days time, she knows it will be tough.

“It will be tough, but it’ll be great to see how much I’ve come since my Portside Punch fight.”

At present she is the only female at the club who is in line to fight and she is loving the fact more females are coming along to train.

Last weekend Watson and the Waitaki Warriors were invited to the Olympic Boxing Centre in Mosgiel for some sparring sessions, something she found incredibly valuable.

“I loved getting the chance to spar against other females.”

Her boxing goal remains one fight at a time but she hopes to carry it on for a few years yet.

“Joe [Cropley] has a few fights organised for me this year so hopefully I can get into the ring.”

Watson will be competing in the women’s under-69kg division.

By Brayden Lindsay

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY  – Chontelle Watson will be taking part in her first boxing bout at the South Island Novice Championships in Christchurch next weekend.