Gloved up and ready for title
AFTER moving from Gosford to Warwick two years ago, Katrina 'Kat' Harvey has taken up boxing and wants to win an Australian title.
She is confident her boxing at the 2012 Olympics will boost the number of women in the sport.
Harvey was a football and netball player before moving to Queensland.
She became interested in boxing when fight nights were held at the Warwick RSL where she is a poker machine attendant.
Harvey went to the Warwick Boxing Club gym to improve her fitness and, as they say, the rest is history.
"Many RSL patrons ask me how my boxing is going and say they want to come to my first Warwick fight which I hope is on March 31," she said.
"It is hard to find other women for match-ups."
Harvey, 26, has one win from her two fights and is currently preparing for a re-match against Ammie 'The Cracker' Mazzaracca at Caloundra on February 25.
"I felt I was a bit unlucky with the decision in my loss to Ammie but that is part and parcel of boxing," Harvey said.
"She has challenged me to the re-match."
Harvey is delighted with the support she has received.
"One person told me I was too pretty to be a boxer but generally people have been very supportive," Harvey said.
She trains most weekdays at the club gym, does more fitness work at Voyage Fitness and spars against some men in the Warwick club.
"I don't want them to go easy on me so have had a couple of bloody noses," Harvey said.