Art Green more nervous than mum about Fight for Life video

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Art Green, left, and Irene van Dyk, with Joseph Parker and Belinda Sommerville show their game faces ahead of the Fight for Life.

Celebrity boxer Art Green says he is more nervous than his mum about his upcoming Fight for Life charity bout - mainly because she doesn't know he's fighting a former All Black.

Green said at a press conference on Thursday that he was well prepared for his Saturday fight against Zac Guildford.

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Green has been training hard for his bout against former All Black Zac Guildford.
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Green has been training hard for his bout against former All Black Zac Guildford.

The pair are part of a lineup of sporting legends and celebrities stepping into the ring to raise money for Waikato Hospice. 

Green said his body felt good and he'd been training hard. "Anytime that my mind is not on work or something else, it's on the fight," he said. 

Training with Monty Beetham, Green, the star of hit show The Bachelor NZ, said he had never done any boxing before and was absolutely loving it. 

Belinda Sommerville, left, shares a laugh with her boxing opponent Irene van Dyk, in the lead-up to Saturday nights for ...
Peter Meecham

Belinda Sommerville, left, shares a laugh with her boxing opponent Irene van Dyk, in the lead-up to Saturday nights for the Fight for Life.

Green said he thought he had the ability to win the bout against Guildford.

"I met him when we did the first conference and I spoke to him for a bit, he seems like a real nice guy, very good dude actually which is really good. I feel a lot more comfortable sort of knowing him a bit before I step into the ring with him," Green said.

Meanwhile, Irene van Dyk and accountant Belinda Sommerville were sitting relaxed on the couches spinning a yarn and having a laugh, before they step into the ring together.

Silver Fern legend van Dyk said boxing training had been a non-stop learning curve for her, but the training had been addictive.  

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"It's been full on. I don't think I've ever been as fit as what I am at the moment," she said. 

Excited and nervous at the same time, she said she had trained really really hard and was confident in herself. 

"I think the thing is when you get into the ring, there's nowhere to hide. What you see is what you get and you have to either fight or fly and you get into survival mode so you just go for it."

Parker, ranked 6th in the world by the World Boxing Organisation, will be fighting Daniel 'The Mountain' Martz from the USA.

Parker said he had been training hard and both he and his opponent were in their best shape yet. 

"I always feel confident and ready when I'm in Vegas and come back to New Zealand.

"I think I'll go well. I've been training pretty hard and I always have confidence in myself. I feel like I'm prepared to go 12 rounds but if it's a short fight, it's a short fight," Parker said. 

The Fight For Life is on Saturday at the Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton. 

 

 - Stuff

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