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Battle of the Rebuild: 'Six minutes of pain': Boxing star to take it on the chin for the city

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Source: The Press

Author: Stacy Squires

28th April 2014

Claire Butterly is no stranger to tough decisions.

The Hawkins Construction quantity surveyor decided to leave her native Scotland in July 2012 for a solo journey to Christchurch and this year has agreed to step into the ring for a charity boxing event.

On Friday, Butterly will take on Jane Robins in the inaugural Battle of the Rebuild at CBS Canterbury Arena.

She will be among 16 building and construction industry workers taking part and raising money for the Aranui and Linwood College Breakfast Club, the Champion Centre, and Canterbury Youth Development Programme Trust (CYDP).

"I just left everything behind and came here by myself," Butterly says of her decision to move to Christchurch. She has a Kiwi connection - her mother is from Wellington - and she found her skills were in high demand for the Christchurch rebuild.

"New Zealand is a really beautiful country and with Christchurch, it's a great opportunity from such a horrible thing that happened to make something really amazing.

"Cantabrians have really rallied together and are just so positive." Nearly $100,000 has been raised less than a week out from the event.

Butterly said she was not "a big fan of getting punched in the face", but said "six minutes of pain" was worth it for the cause.

"The whole charity aspect of it is what's keeping me going and what's making it worthwhile is knowing that while I'm going to get a few knocks and going to knock a girl about . . . we're both raising money for great causes."

CYDP was "rebuilding lives", she said.

"These wee kids come from nothing, and this charity helps them break that cycle.

"I've been able to come to Christchurch and work and build a life for myself, and these kids maybe don't have the privileges I did when I was younger. It feels good to be able to give them something to help build their lives from a stable background."

Butterly was confident they were both tough and fit enough for Friday's event.

"You should definitely try boxing - you're never as fit as you think you are," she said.