Cameron Slater

A reader emails Jim Hubbard

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Jim Hubbard penned a disgusting cartoon about me and my travels to Gallipoli to honour my great-grandfather Harry Crozier.

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Comment of the Day

The other day Brian Rudman took a break from imploring ratepayers to pay for his hobbies to attack Super 8 and the charity boxing matches that go along with the sport.

John McRae had this to say on Super 8’s Facebook page.

Ryder vs Slater generated the most pr, tab bets and raised the most funds for the cause. Not the result Cameron wanted but he won some hearts and minds and dropped 17kg’s on the way. The professional athletes benefitted from the additional profile. Funnily enough it was a leading sports editor who said we should add in a celebrity fight to get into general news. I’m told by my lawyer Rudman’s comments against me are personally defamatory. His statement on Jessie’s “head injury” are incorrect and generally he’s kicking the sport we love because of his political bias. It’s sad that people in a privileged position such as him do not focus on the positive aspects of the sport. Bet he wasn’t calling for the banning of cricket when Philip Hughes tragically died. Slater has indicated his desire to enter the ring again – this time we will look to match him against someone within media or politics…. pity Rudman is a light weight. 

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Brian Rudman has his panties in a bunch

Brian Rudman has his panties in a bunch attacking charity boxing matches and ignoring salient facts.

Of all the winners and losers of last weekend, the memory that lingers is the sight of blogger Cameron Slater slumped on the floor of the boxing ring like a beached pilot whale, while all around, a liquored-up, “formally dressed” crowd bayed for more blood.

Slater is an unloveable character. He makes his living hunched over his keyboard, smearing and belittling people he dislikes. But the organisers of this one-minute mismatch are no better.

“Hunched over a keyboard, smearing and belittling people”…you mean like Brian Rudman is fdoing in this article?

Here is the thing that Brian Rudman forgets…I had a challenge and I rose to that challenge…I got fit, lost a significant amount of weight, and overcame my fears and got in a ring to fight a professional sportsman. I reached outside of my comfort zone and I am better for it despite a couple of bangs.

Along the way I found a new respect for the professional athletes and those who coach and train them.

The only people who criticise boxing are the panty-waists who have never got in the ring.

As is usual these days, Rudman, like many Herald writers, never bothered to ask the promotors for a comment before tapping out his little hit piece, so I took the liberty of contacting John McRae for comment (You know like a real journalist would do).    Read more »

My Boxing Journey: From Fat to Fit

Well, now that I have had my first real fight, and loss, in the ring it is time to reflect on what I went through and why.

When I was asked by the promoter to jump in the ring with Jesse Ryder I thought it through a fair bit, consulted with friends and family…mostly they said no, and “don’t be daft”.

But deep inside I have wanted to do something about my weight, and wanted a new challenge.

How hard could it be I thought to myself.

Well it turns out that boxing is very hard. It is technically difficult, and requires a significant effort just to get to the ring.

I started on an 8 week journey where I could barely run, hated being in togs, couldn’t enjoy the sun and beach or my love of hunting due to my weight.

When I rocked up to the gym to start training with Henry Schuster and Nigel Andrew they told me to start running…just walking around the block was hard enough…but running? Were they serious?

Turns out they were…it took me 4 weeks to shed the kilos to start doing that without risking shin splints and injury from carting around over 120kgs.

But at the end run I did, and run and run and run…twice a day plus gym/boxing.sparring sessions, 6 days a week.

The guys I trained with were awesome.

From all walks of life, builders, sparkies, painters, office workers, factory hands…all with a love of a sport I barely understood.

The thing is they barely fight…maybe once a week…the rest is incredible fitness and stamina training…these guys are fit and hard. They love the sport for the release that it gives. No one has any time for politics or work in the gym.    Read more »

LIVE BLOG: Cameron Slater v Jesse Ryder

Who on earth is Danny Green?

Yesterday at the weigh they had some Aussie loud mouth interviewing people…he interviewed me…and TVNZ has written it up like he sledge me out hard.

Blogger Cameron Slater received a few choice words from a legendary Aussie boxer at the weigh-in for his fight against Jesse Ryder.

Mr Slater is due to face Mr Ryder in a charity match at Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena on Saturday.

Danny “The Green Machine” Green, who represented Australia at the Olympics and boasts an impressive record of 33 wins from 38 fights, took the opportunity to give Mr Slater some stick about his foray into the ring.

“Over the years, I would have like to get in the ring with a couple of bloggers, that’s for sure,” Mr Green laughed.

“I would have liked to have a lot of fun with you.”

Mr Green then went on to ask Mr Slater about his mental state in the build-up to the fight.

“You’ve been sitting behind the keyboard and now you’re about to go face-to-face with someone you might actually have blogged about – are you s****** yourself?”    Read more »

The Rockstar Energy Drink SUPER 8 Redemption – less than a week to go

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The Rockstar Energy Drink SUPER 8 Redemption

Less than 1 week to go!

In under a week the Horncastle Arena, Christchurch will bear witness to the biggest line-up of professional boxers ever seen in Christchurch in The Rockstar Energy Drink SUPER 8 Redemption on Saturday 28th March!

The SUPER 8 last man standing fighters featuring American Brian Minto are
Kiwi fighters, Monty Filimaea, Lance Bryant, Asher Derbyshire, Israel Adesanya, Samoan Farani Tavu’i, Ghanaian Joseph Kwadjo and Australian Daniel Ammann.   Read more »

Give a Little so I can Cop a lot

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As you all know I am doing a charity boxing match on March 28 versus Jesse Ryder.

We are fighting to raise funds for Kidscan.

They have created a Givealittle page to assist…I have agreed to fight the red corner if more than $10,000 is raised.

Cameron Slater and cricketer Jesse Ryder will go toe-to-toe in the ring in Christchurch. These two sometimes controversial and polarising figures say getting into the ring for KidsCan is a huge motivator.

• People who donate $500 or more, will receive a ‘Super 8 Redemption’ t-shirt signed by Jesse and Cam.

• If Cam raises over $10,000 he will fight in the red corner of the boxing ring. Anyone who knows Cam understands that his political leanings are blue, so this will be a big deal for him!

• But wait there’s more, everyone who donates will go into the draw to win a lunch with Cameron and three friends at the ‘White Rabbit’ in Auckland’s Britomart – transportation at their own cost.   Read more »

A good keen man

Cam spent some time with Josh Fagan from the Sunday news.

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Wife beater gives me boxing advice

Gutless cowardly wife beater Graham Brazier has apparently given me some boxing advice, according to Rachel Glucina.

If only he had bothered to contact me I might have actually got whatever message he was sending.

Hello Sailor frontman Graeme Brazier has penned a satirical ditty offering Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater some boxing advice ahead of his Super 8 charity boxing match on March 28 in Christchurch.

Brazier, a confirmed Otago cricket man, is supporting former Black Cap Jesse Ryder in the ring.

In the video Brazier holds a book called How to Box within another book on endangered species. His words of advice include: “At the end of round bell return to the neutral corner – should you know the meaning of neutral.”

Slater, who has lost 17kg in boxing training, scoffed: “Maybe Graeme should stick to music, not boxing.”

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