Meet your Thriller 2013 fighters

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Megan Matthews
Age: 29
Sponsor:
Body Sanctum
Employer:
Body Sanctum, massage therapist
The training?
“It’s been challenging, good fun though.”
On getting in the ring?
“I don’t want to call any shots just yet, but it’s going
to be an awesome fight.”

Gemma Nilson
Age: 25
Sponsor:
Hush Spa
Employer: Hush Spa, beauty therapist
The training? “Tough, but awesome. The fitness is awesome and training with everyone is really good.”
On getting in the ring? “I can be quite snappy so I think if I get hit I’ll hit twice as hard back.”

Karlo Aggerholm
Age: 33
Sponsor: Wakatipu Rugby Club
Employer: Agger Homes, builder
The training? 
“Challenging but enjoyable.”
On getting in the ring? 
“Ideal scenario is I land every shot and he misses everything so if it goes the way it does in my head, then it would be not bad.”

Donald Hillis
Age: 23
Sponsor:
FreshChoice
Employer: NZ Police, constable
The training?
“It’s been pretty intense but it’s a real good group that have gone through so far and it’s pretty motivating.”
On getting in the ring?
“That’s a tough one to answer. I plan to win.”

Samuel Frame
Age: 26
Sponsor: Kerry Smith Builders
Employer: Kerry Smith Builders, apprentice builder
The training? 
“Gruelling. Trainers push me a lot harder than I push myself.”
On getting in the ring? 
“Paul seems tough. Long way to go, had a few bleeding noses, exchanges both ways so far.” 

Paul Taylor
Age: 37
Sponsor: Mountain Scene
Employer: Mountain Scene, senior journalist
The training?
“It’s been pretty tough, but I’m hanging in there so far.”
On getting in the ring?
“Don’t know. I guess I’ll be able to tell you in approximately eight weeks.”

Geoff Chapman
Age: 27
Sponsor:
AJ Saville
Employer:
AJ Saville, labourer (plumber by trade)
The training?
“Going well but finding it tough. It’s exciting but very difficult.”
On getting in the ring? “Not going to give up. I want to enjoy it, have a good experience.” 

Henry Youngman
Age: 25
Sponsor: More FM
Employer: MediaWorks, announcer and promotions manager
The training?:
“Training has been eye opening, and eye closing. Literally.”
On getting in the ring?
“Am hoping that I can hold my own.”

Garry Jack
Age: 49
Sponsor: Todd Read, Hansens Auto Services
Employer: Hansens Auto Services, Mercedes technician/service manager
The training? 
“Hard, relentless and challenging.”
On getting in the ring?
“No one likes getting second!”

Brent Reidy
Age: 38
Sponsor: White Tiger Tattoo
Employer: White Tiger Tattoo, tattoo artist
The training? 
“Love it. Bit of a shock to the system – I thought I was a wee bit fit but nothing compares to boxing training.”
On getting in the ring?
“I think I’ll leave it all out there.”

Adam Smart
Age: 33
Sponsor: Nzone
Employer: Nzone, ground crew
The training? 
“It’s been hard but really rewarding. Absolutely brilliant, but hard.”
On getting in the ring? 
“I’m just going to take it one day at a time – there’s no point starting any smack talk now. I’m just going to train my arse off.”

Russell Hall
Age: 44
Sponsor: Base Contracting
Employer: Nevis Group Ltd, builder
The training?
“Training has been intense and early … I’m seriously lacking some beauty sleep.”
On getting in the ring?
“I think I’ll be good until I get hit in the head.”

Sharon Dinneen
Age: 29
Sponsor: Hertz
Employer: Hertz, grooming boss
The training?
“The first weeks were tough. I’d never done anything exercise wise. As it progressed it wasn’t easier but I’m more comfortable.”
On getting in the ring?
“I don’t really know my opponent so only time will tell.” 

Kelly Harrison
Age: 33
Sponsor: Warren & Mahoney Architects
Employer: Warren & Mahoney, interior designer
The training? 
“It’s been pretty tough and I know it’s only going to get tougher.”
On getting in the ring?
“I’m not too sure. Hopefully I’ll win but who knows.”

Aaron Spain
Age: 27
Sponsor:
Tansley Electrical
Employer: Tansley Electrical, electrician
The training? 
“I’ve loved every minute – it’s like no training I’ve ever done. Great bunch of trainers.”
On getting in the ring? 
“Nervous. Even when sparring I had butterflies but I’ll be ready.”

James Manser
Age: 38
Sponsor: SpazioCasa
Employer: SpazioCasa, owner/operator
The training? 
“Due to the high fitness levels of all the contenders the training has been enhanced.”
Getting in the ring?
“In the ring I’ll try to hit him before he hits me.”