Queenstown gets ready to rumble

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Straight punches, good footwork, basics – that’s what Kiwi boxing pro Shane Cameron (top, centre and bottom left, centre) wants from Winter Festival’s brave charity fighters. 

The key to winning Thriller in the Chiller bouts will be sticking to basics as the blood pressure rises and fitness ebbs, the popular Kiwi sportsman known as Mountain Warrior says. 

Cameron, guest of honour at the Mountain Scene-sponsored fight night Thriller in the Chiller tonight at the Events Centre, adds: “You’re going into unchartered territory.” 

The fighters will be stepping into a ring before a virtual sell-out crowd of 1500-plus people. 

“You might have played rugby or league or other sports but nothing compares to getting in the ring, because you’ve got someone who wants to take your head off and you want to win the fight as well. 

“You don’t want to get too technical. Fitness and stick with the basics – good footwork and straight punches. 

“Come fight night all that technical stuff will go out of the window and you’ll just try to win the fight – your fitness is key. 

“After the first round it’s going to feel like you’ve done 10, you’re going to be fatigued, tired and that’s where conditioning comes in.” 

The cruiserweight fighter dished out the insights last month when in Queenstown to help the 20 brave competitors with a weekend training session. 

The pro-boxer says he’s a fan of the Thriller in the Chiller’s format – which sees the rival combatants train and spar with each other throughout the 13-week boot camp. 

“The best thing about it is it’s for charity and the boxers know each other – they know they’re going to go in, battle it out and then have a drink afterwards and celebrate.” 

Cameron has established his own training gym in Auckland, which offers traditional boxing classes for those who want to fight alongside fitness classes. 

The 35-year-old – who hopes to step into the ring again himself before the end of the year after recovering from a hand injury – says the sport’s very nature teaches discipline. 

“I see a lot of kids that come through, come through my gym even, bad kids and then all of a sudden mum and dad are ‘oh my God I can’t believe little Jimmy has changed his whole life around’, cleans his room, helps with the dishes and all that sort of thing. 

“It’s a discipline thing – it’s not like I tell them to do that at home, I don’t know what they get up to at home but that’s what boxing can bring to them.” 

Boxing helped Cameron clean up his own act, after he walked into a gym in Waterlooville near London, while on his OE. 

“It put me on the straight and narrow because I was getting into mischief, fighting on the streets, it wasn’t good. 

“But since I started boxing I haven’t had a fight outside the ring since. 

“I’ve got nothing to prove on the streets. If I’ve got anything to prove it’s in the ring. It’s controlled – everything’s controlled from controlled aggression to the referees and that sort of stuff.

“I’ve been boxing 15 years and I’m still learning. I still do things wrong. It’s the sort of sport where you’re always learning.” 

Support awesome charity auction

Winery indulgence with Amisfield (worth $1000)
Transport, behind the scenes winery tour and dining

Cooking class at Sasso (worth $1000)
Italian cooking class for four, Black ZQN transfers to and from Sasso

Signed All Blacks jersey (worth $2000)
New AIG All Blacks jersey signed by 2013 team

Fine dining at Rata (worth $1500)
Four-course tasting menu for 10 and Gibbston Valley wines at Josh
Emmett’s Rata

Rachael Errington’s Touch of Winter (worth $2995)
Original 700mm by 1300mm piece by Queenstown artist Rachael Errrington (Artbay Gallery)

Party cruise on Luanda ($2500)
Three-hour cruise on Lake Wakatipu, capacity for 38

Mike Tyson-signed glove (up to $20,000)
Framed glove signed by “baddest man on the planet” Iron Mike Tyson

Adventure day at Oxbow Lodge (worth $3900)
Donator: Oxbow – The Adventure Company. Value: $3,900
Day of adventure for five at Oxbow Lodge – helicopter flights, 4WD extreme off-roading, archery, knife throwing, hole-in-one golf, jet boating, clay bird shooting and jet sprinting

Highlands Motorsport Park pack ($2500)
One hour private go-kart track hire (for up to 16), four Highlands Taxi Rides around the circuit in 200kmh Porsche Cayenne and entry to the Highlands Motorsport Museum for 16

– Make sure you also check out all the fantastic silent auction items out in the foyer