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Gloves on in Fight for Christchurch

Published: 4:48PM Friday November 25, 2011 Source: ONE News

Two TVNZ journalists have taken to the ring for the Fight for Christchurch.

ONE News reporter Charlotte Bellis and sports reporter Blair Norton were among 16 first-time boxers taking part in the corporate boxing event at the CBS Arena tonight.
It was held to raise funds for Christchurch youth charities, junior sport organisations and people seriously injured in the February 22 earthquake.

Boxing to raise funds for the Maynard Girls Trust, Bellis squared off against real estate agent Emma Lindsay at 8.30pm.

Bellis tweeted half an hour later: Victorious! My unanimous decision! Next up hayley holt v Emma ferguson.

This afternoon Bellis tweeted: "Thanks so much for all your support! I'll be tweeting for TVNZ thru out (except for when I'm in ring)! Also just hit $8000 whoop."

Follow Charlotte Bellis's tweets from the Fight for Christchurch .

Norton, meanwhile, has raised nearly $6,000 for the Child Cancer Foundation.

His opponent was Air New Zealand's Andrew Leckie.

None of the contenders had any previous competitive boxing or martial arts experience.

But they were trained by certified Boxing New Zealand coaches in correct boxing techniques and underwent rigorous fitness training.

The official weigh-in was held at Christchurch Casino on Thursday night.

Hundreds attended the Fight for Christchurch, entertained with food, wine, singers and dancers, as well as the boxing.

It cost up to $3200 for a ringside corporate table of 10, where local heroes such as All Black Kieran Read and Crusaders Coaches Todd Blackadder and Daryl Gibson were sitting.

A donation is being made to the Child Cancer Foundation from those tables.

An auction for charity was also held.

The Fight for Christchurch, previously known as the Fight for Youth, raised $105,000 last year for the Christchurch community.