McCashin beaten but unbowed

JONATHAN MCKEOWN
Last updated 13:00 29/11/2013

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After battling a sevens star in one of the best boxing bouts Fight for Christchurch has seen, Nelson's Scott McCashin is looking forward to a summer with "lots of eating and drinking".

Months of training in the gym culminated in Christchurch last night as McCashin fought former All Blacks Sevens hard man Craig de Goldi, raising money for charity during the Fight for Christchurch.

After three two-minute rounds of "intense" corporate boxing, de Goldi was awarded a win by unanimous points decision.

Barry Galbraith, of Victory Boxing, trained McCashin and was in his corner to see the fight unfold.

"It was a tough fight, a very close fight," said Galbraith. "We won the first round, lost the second and just got pipped in the third. It could have gone either way."

De Goldi was an aggressive fighter who came forward and kept the pressure on for the entire fight.

"It was fought at a really intense and tremendous pace," said Galbraith. "It was one of the fights of the night and had the crowd on their feet. It was a great performance by both men."

McCashin had previously fought and won in Nelson's Fight4Victory corporate charity boxing event in June. While he was on the wrong side of the judges' score cards, moments after the fight McCashin told the Nelson Mail that he felt a great sense of achievement.

"I'm feeling pretty good actually," he said. "I am probably feeling better after this than the fight I won." As one of the only people qualified to comment, McCashin lauded the power of his opponent's blows.

"The thing about de Goldi was that he was powerful. He just coming forward the whole time with big power punches. I wore a couple of them but then I could see them coming a bit and negate them."

McCashin wanted to thank the people who gave up their free time to get him ready for the fight - Galbraith and Paul Hampton, of Victory Boxing.

"I just want to say thanks to Barry and Paul and the team at Victory Boxing. The work that those guys put in is extremely humbling for me and means a hell of a lot."

McCashin boxed for his chosen charity of Ronald McDonald House South Island.

He and his fellow boxers helped the Fight for Christchurch event raise a total of $203,629.25 for its three recipient charities, which also included Kids Can and the Canterbury Earthquake Children's Trust.

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