Matt Zimmer (left) gets in some training with trainer Ben Lewin and Guy Clare.
Matt Zimmer (left) gets in some training with trainer Ben Lewin and Guy Clare. Trevor Veale

Boys in blue ready to rumble in fundraiser

FOR someone who can't remember ever having been in a fight, stepping into a boxing ring in front of hundreds of people is a daunting challenge.

But it's one Coffs Harbour Detective Matt Zimmer hopes to come out of on his feet.

After 18 years serving in various crime commands, Det Zimmer is preparing to take on his next hurdle- competing in the NSW Police Legacy Boxing championships.

The championships, which follow full amateur boxing rules and feature 20 police bouts per tournament, raise funds for the families of fallen officers.

To prepare for his first fight, Det Zimmer has undergone a gruelling strength and conditioning regime with fellow detective Guy Clare who trained with him since Christmas and will compete in the championships at a later date.

Under the guidance of head coach Ben Lewin, the pair has been taken through a mix of sparring, boxing drills, crossfit and regular Muttonbird Island runs.

Sergeant Lewin said he was impressed with the level of commitment the boys had shown and their high level of fitness and was confident their preparation would see them both do well in their upcoming bouts.

Along with testing their strength, the detectives have also followed a strict, alcohol-free diet which has seen Det Zimmer shed 10kgs.

He said while the training regime had presented many challenges, they were small feats when the money raised would be going to the families of officer's who had made the ultimate sacrifice.

"At a time when the bravery of fellow officers like Sen Const David Rixon and Det Insp Bryson Anderson is still fresh in our memories, supporting the police family is our priority," Det Zimmer said.

"It's daunting for us to have fight, we are both laid-back guys but I wanted to challenge myself and it's worth being taken out of my comfort zone for such a great cause."

The next round of bouts will take place this Friday at the Hornsby PCYC.

Doors open at 5.30pm.

More information is available on the NSW Police Legacy Boxing Facebook Page.



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