'Stoke Bomber' McCashin is fizzing

JONATHAN MCKEOWN
Last updated 13:00 27/11/2013
Scott
Fairfax NZ
BIG BOUT COMING UP: Scott "The Stoke Bomber" McCashin.

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Scott "The Stoke Bomber" McCashin is getting ready to rumble for Ronald McDonald House.

It's not clear which came first, the boxer or the beer, but the Stoke Bomber range brewed by the McCashin family has won awards across the globe. McCashin, the boxer, is hoping for just one decision to go his way tomorrow night.

After making his corporate debut in the Fight4Victory in June, McCashin will lace up the gloves for charity once again under the tutelage of Victory Boxing's Barry Galbraith. He will dance under the lights at CBS Arena in the Fight for Christchurch charity boxing event.

McCashin has one win under his belt, a unanimous points decision against 2.05m radio host Jordan Brannigan. He was described as a measured fighter with a snappy left jab who picked his shots and went to the body against the bigger but slower opponent. But on this occasion he will be matched for speed.

Standing in the opposite corner for the three two-minute rounds will be former All Blacks sevens captain Craig deGoldi. The Commonwealth Games gold medalist has four sevens world series titles to his name and played in the days when sevens legend Eric Rush used boxing to test the fitness of his fellow players.

Where McCashin will have an edge is in height and weight. While only four centimetres taller than deGoldi at 1.89m, the Nelson man has a reach advantage which will be compounded by his near 10kg of extra bulk. McCashin will be classed as a heavyweight, weighing in in the early to mid-90s.

With his physical advantage, McCashin should be able to hold the centre of the ring and dictate the fight. Fitness won't be an issue for deGoldi, but nor will it be for "The Bomber" who regularly belts out six rounds of high-intensity sparring at Victory Boxing against some big and skilful sparring partners.

While the contest remains inside the ring, outside it the contenders have been busy raising money for charity.

"I have seen the impact that [Ronald McDonald House South Island] have on families that are going through extremely hard times," said McCashin in the event's promotional video. "I couldn't think of a better charity."

The Fight for Christchurch event has already raised more than $100,000 for its three recipient charities, Ronald McDonald House South Island, Kids Can and The Canterbury Earthquake Children's Trust.

Beyond that, McCashin said he uses boxing to help him stay motivated to keep healthy at a time in life when you can "let go a bit".

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"What better way to keep the weight off than knowing you have got to step into the ring," he said.

McCashin had some messages he wanted to share, for his family and backers, before stepping into the ring.

"I just want to say thanks to my family for putting up with me training all the time when I should be helping out at home. And thanks to Barry Galbraith for all the work he has put in getting me ready for this."

He also had a message for his opponent: "Craig, I know you are coming for me, so give it 100 per cent. I will be ready."

McCashin said what he is looking forward to the most is the sense of achievement after the fight and "to partake in some nice, cold Stoke Ambers".

In charity boxing events opponents often share a few yarns and brews after the bout. The Stoke Bombers are sure to go straight to diGoldi's head.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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