Publican pours energy into training

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 05:00 06/08/2014
Warren Bevin
NICOLE JOHNSTONE/ Fairfax NZ
READY TO RUMBLE: Colac Bay Tavern publican Warren Bevin is looking forward to having a nice cold beer after months of training for charity boxing match Fight For Kidz, which is on this month.

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Forget about dry July - it's been dry May, June, July and August for one Colac Bay man.

As the publican of the local tavern, it's been no easy feat either.

Warren Bevin, aka "Wazza Bee", has traded pints for punches as he prepared for the Fight for Kidz charity boxing match next weekend.

For Bevin it has been a long road to becoming match-ready. After taking on the Colac Bay Tavern two years ago, the 38-year-old man said his fitness levels took a bit of a slide as the reality of a 120-hour, seven-day working week sank in.

Twelve weeks of intensive training - the specifics of which were kept tightly under wraps aside from generic "fitness, biking and swimming" - have bought him up to speed.

With half of Colac Bay coming to watch the spectacle, that's probably just as well. "Yeah, most of the locals are coming. In fact, I think about 40 of them. They've booked out four tables ... It's going to be a big night I'd say."

Bevin said he was talked into signing up by a good mate after a few beers. The idea stuck, and now he was really looking forward to it, he said. "It's for a good cause. It's something I'd always kind of thought about, too."

Although the preparation diet possibly leaves a lot to be desired - six raw eggs in the morning and six again at night - it is the perfect protein potion to put the power behind the punches. It also helps Bevin maintain the right weight - at one stage he became concerned he was losing too much, a problem when you're getting into the ring with a big opponent.

Bevin will face Stephen "The Hammer" Sinclair at the Fight For Kidz boxing match on Saturday, August 16. The event is raising money for Ruru School.

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