Female boxers ready to fight for city
There may be three kilograms between them but Sharon Amataiti and Carrie Lee are both feeling quietly confident of coming out on top when they meet in the boxing ring tonight.
The Fight for Christchurch contestants faced off for the first time during a weigh-in of all contestants at Christchurch Casino last night.
About 2000 tickets have been sold for the charity boxing event at CBS Canterbury Arena.
About $100,000 had been raised for the contestants' charities, event organiser Justin Wallace said yesterday.
Lee, 35, has trained for four months in preparation for tonight - her first time in the professional ring - and believes she is ready.
"I'll definitely keep going to the boxing fitness classes but I don't know if I'll keep fighting, we'll see how it goes [tonight]."
In her corner will be coaches Bryan Barry and Garey Burgess, while her partner, Louis Petersen, will watch from a table ringside.
Amataiti, 31, said she had a "game plan" and was "feeling good" about her chances.
She has also undergone three months of "pretty intense" training.
The plan today was to rest, and eat loads of protein and fruit, she said.
"I'm just thinking of it as another hard spar."
In her corner will be her training sparring partner, Josie O'Rielly, trainer Wayne Vaega and friend Bex Connell.