Cameron Slater

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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Running out of time to 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.   Read more »

11 days to go, I’m working my butt off, how about you support Kidscan

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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.   Read more »

Face of the day

A slimmed down Cameron Slater

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Today’s face of the day traveled to Christchurch yesterday to help promote the Kidscan charity but the reporter was more interested in Scum.

The mainstream media, ( in this case TV One ) have focussed not on the charity that he is promoting but in a repeat of the ‘ feral ‘ controversy  have instead attempted to whip up anger in Christchuch towards him because he used the word scum in a private facebook chat.Their headline is deliberately misleading as it reads,’ Cameron Slater says Christchurch quake victims still “scum”‘

The actual article makes it clear that the comment was referring only to those who chose not to insure their homes ( a small minority ) but the headline deliberately makes it look as if was about all home owners whose homes were damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes. They also fail to mention that the comment was obtained by criminal means and made public without his permission.

As well as being deliberately deceptive with their headline, the quoted words they are using to try and whip him with were not published on Whaleoil or spoken on radio or television. They were never in the public domain or intended for public consumption.

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