Charlotte Bellis might be a TVNZ news reporter, but she was more than prepared to answer the call when a local promoter asked her to jump in the boxing ring to raise funds for people affected by the Feb. 22, 2011, earthquake that struck Christchurch, N.Z.
Bellis trained with a boxing coach and at Reebok CrossFit Canterbury but wasn’t prepared for a hospitalization two months before the fight. She recovered, trained hard and really invested herself in her training. She recalls thinking, “I know I’m working harder than she is right now.”
Despite her setback in the hospital, the reporter felt more than prepared to enter the ring at the Fight for Christchurch event on Nov. 25, 2011.
“Going into the night, I was so confident,” she said.
When the leather started to fly, Bellis was in control of the bout, and she went on to win by unanimous decision. She also raised about $8,000 for charity.
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Additional reading: Got Striking? by George Ryan, published Dec. 29, 2010.