Grant a 'standout' in Cameron's eyes
Shane Cameron has described Tactix netballer Keshia Grant as the best female charity boxer he's seen and reckons she would thrive if she switched sports.
Grant turned heads at last week's Fight for Christchurch event, where she earned a technical knockout victory at the end of the second round against New Zealand track cyclist Natasha Hansennts.
The petite midcourter had a weight and height disadvantage to Hansen and shorter reach, but impressed with her right hook and jabs.
Leading New Zealand heavyweight boxer Cameron attended the fightnight and was complimentary of Grant, who he believed would excel at amateur boxing.
''I've seen a lot of girls [fight] in my time and she's certainly a standout in my eyes,'' Cameron said.
''She's aggressive and she's got a good punch on her by the looks of it. She can certainly make a statement in women's boxing in New Zealand.''
Cameron labelled Grant the most naturally talented female charity boxer he had seen and said she had the ability to beat the country's top amateurs.
''In terms of charity events, she's the best one I've seen.
''Whether it's a corporate or amateur fightnight, it's all the same. She could certainly upset some of our top people.''
Grant, who had never previously fought, admitted to being humbled by Cameron's comments.
She said she would consider doing charity boxing events again in the future, but had no plans to chuck in netball for a possible shot at the Olympics.
''In terms of professionalism, I don't know about that. I don't know if I have that killer instinct. I think I've got too many things on my plate at the moment.''
Grant spent 10 weeks working with Bryan Barry and Garey Burgess at the Round 12 boxing and fitness gym in the build-up to the fight.
She admittted the most difficult aspect had been dealing with the fear of being hit in the face, which took her a couple of weeks to adjust to.
Boxing had served as valuable cross-training for Grant as the Tactix start their pre-season preparations leading into next year's trans-Tasman league.
''I absolutely loved it. It was such an awesome experience. I'm still on cloud nine and trying to come down from there.''
Grant's former Tactix team-mate Bessie Manu fought in last year's Fight for Christchurch losing to former Silver Fern Charlotte Kight.
She nominated Tactix shooter Julianna NaoupuntsTnte as someone, who had the potential to follow her into the ring.
''She'd be so strong and powerful. I can't see anyone else [in the team] punching anyone.''
- © Fairfax NZ News
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