Females get into action at pro-am fight night
"It's awesome. Really high intensity"TONY BIRD
On the netball front, Chantelle Ngaia knows how to slot goals - but tomorrow night the 30-year-old mother of one will be aiming to pack a punch.
Ngaia will go toe to toe with Bell Block sportswomen D'arna Te Pau Konui on the undercard of the Sam Rapira pro-am boxing tournament at New Plymouth's YMCA.
In a left-field move, both Taranaki women admit to having no previous boxing experience, but never hesitated when asked if they were interested in stepping into the ring.
Simply, they are out to have a bit of fun on the night and are keen to add boxing to their sporting CVs.
Ngaia, who works with martial arts/boxing trainer Lance Searancke of the Thai Boxing Studio in New Plymouth, said training has been a welcome change to her normal off-season netball fitness programme.
"It's awesome. Really high intensity," said the talented sportswoman who plays at both ends of the court for her Raukura premier one netball side.
In her long career she has represented the Pulse, Western, Taranaki, Waikato and Canterbury and the Otago Rebels in the sport.
"Boxing training means a lot of sweat and I enjoy it.
"I'm used to it with netball anyway, but boxing training is totally different, really technical."
Noted as an enforcer on the netball court, Ngaia is looking forward to the fight over three two-minute rounds against Te Pau Konui.
Is she nervous?
"Nah, I'm not the nervous type," said Ngaia with a laugh.
She said New Plymouth Rapira approached her about taking part in the tournament months ago.
"It took them a while to find an opponent, though."
Te Pau Konui, 26, jumped at the opportunity when asked.
"I never hesitated. I said ‘yes' straight away," she said.
The two boxers are team-mates playing in the same indoor netball team in the Action Sports Netball summer league in New Plymouth.
Te Pau Konui has been trained by Box Office's Shane Robbertsen and was pleased with how her preparation has gone.
"I'm loving the training and I'm a lot fitter for it," said Te Pau Konui who plays in the Netball Taranaki premier two competition for the Western Suburbs Tigers.
"That's my main interest," she said, adding she has represented her province in the indoor game.
Te Pau Konui was looking forward to landing a few punches.
"It should be fun," she said.
"Hopefully it's not me that gets beaten up and bruised."
The female matchup is expected to add spice to the night's card.
The main event on the seven fight pro-am card is a maximum six three-minute rounds bout between "The Terror" Rapira and Auckland professional Moses Ieolu.
Event organiser Ashley Smith said the public are invited to the weigh-in today from 4pm at Frederic's Bar in New Plymouth.
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