Cameron, WHALEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOIL, Slateeeeeeerrrrrrr

I thought it would be cool to give people some vicarious pleasure by having someone else beat the crap out of me on their behalf.  Steve Kilgallon writes:

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Cameron Slater says he knows he sells newspapers, so now he’s ready to sell pay-per-view television – even if he knows the viewers might be switching on to watch him get knocked out.

The controversial Whale Oil blogger and the subject of the Dirty Politics scandal will make his ring debut in Christchurch on March 28, against former New Zealand test cricketer Jesse Ryder.

And if the fight goes well, Slater has a list of opponents he would like to meet next – headed by Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager, television host John Campbell and New Zealand Herald journalists David Fisher and Matt Nippert.

“I would even lose 40kg to get into the ring with Nicky Hager,” said Slater, who plans to drop a more modest 11kg down to 100kg to meet Ryder. “Any of those four, I will lose weight and match their weight to get into the ring with them, but I suspect they lack the stones to do it.

Slater said he had limited boxing experience, but “it’s a good way to lose weight, a good way to get fitness up and these days with the death threats and people wanting to hate on you online, it might be useful to know how to use your fists”.

Slater v Ryder will be the celebrity element of Sky Arena’s Super 8 Cruiserweight tournament at Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena, an eight-man knockout tournament for 90kg professionals, which includes the New Zealand champion Monty Filimaea.

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Slater admitted he would be the underdog against Ryder, who knocked out radio presenter Mark Watson three years ago in his only bout.

He said many might tune in to see Ryder knock him down: “Yes, but none of them are brave enough to get into the ring to do it themselves. None of the cowards on Twitter are prepared to get into the ring with me.”

Slater will be trained by veteran boxing coach Henry Schuster, who admits it shapes as one of his more testing assignments. Schuster was shocked to learn Ryder was the opponent but said Slater had a good jab, but needed to learn ringcraft and develop stamina.

“It’s one of those fascinating clashes where we don’t know how it’s going to go,” said Keddell. “I take my hat off to Cameron Slater, it takes balls to get in the ring with a sportsman. They are both confident they are going to go well and that’s the makings of a good fight.”

Ryder admitted he had no idea who Slater was and had taken the fight to lift his fitness after two months plagued with a back injury. “I really enjoy the training and it is something a bit different from what I’m usually doing, and it worked for me last time,” he said.

Steve Berry writes

Despite the two often being talked about in the media Ryder says he has very little idea who Slater actually is. “No, I’ve never heard of him but from what I’ve heard of him he’s not well liked so it’ll be interesting to see how we go in the ring.”

When Slater heard that remark he quickly quipped “well, doesn’t he read the newspapers or watch TV One?”

Ryder was also quick to knock back any suggestion that given his previous injuries agreeing to a boxing fight was a crazy decision. “No, I’m healthy, I’m fine, I think it’s been about three years now so I’ve come up well from that.”

Ryder says his motivation was simply to regain fitness after three months of nursing a back injury which also kept him out of this year’s Big Bash T20 competition in Australia. “It’s something different as well, you know. It’s away from cricket so it’s just something fresh and something new so that’s why I enjoy it so much.”

Slater’s motivation on the other hand is slightly different. “It doesn’t matter who’s in the ring, if it’s Jesse Ryder that’s fine, he may as well be wearing a Nicky Hager mask because that’s what I’ll be punching for,” Slater blurted after one of his sparring sessions.

Blurted, no less.  snigger.

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Not well liked eh?  Well, that’s not going to improve when Ryder discovers what happens when he’s on the end of a year’s worth of pent up frustration.

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One way or another, I suspect there will be lots of people watching this match that would otherwise never watch boxing.  And, one way or another, people will get their money’s worth.

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– Stuff, One News


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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