TNT boxer wants more after her debut fight

Rob Massey, Guelph Spots Journal

GUELPH – Now that she’s had her first fight, TNT Boxing and Fitness Academy’s Sandra Reid wants more.

“I just wanted to try it,” the 50-year-old from Fergus said following TNT’s Dynamite Fights card Saturday night. “I tried some classes and I love it. Then I decided I was going to train and have a fight and, well, now I’ve had one fight and I want another fight.”

Reid fought Kelly Booth of Toronto’s Cabbagetown club in the sixth fight on the eight-bout card.

“I wanted to win my first fight, but that’s OK,” Reid said “ I did good and it was a great experience.”

Booth, 45, won the bout on a split decision.

“She came from Cabbagetown and I thought she was in her mid-40s, but that’s all I knew,” Reid said. “When I got here for weigh-ins, I saw her but we didn’t really talk. Afterwards, she took a picture with me so she was pretty pumped, too. That was her first fight.”

Originally from Quebec, Reid jumped in the ring just as her grandfather (Pierre Blanchette) had done.

“I took up boxing about two and a half years ago and I’ve been training for a fight, but I’m 50 so there’s not a lot of opponents out there,” Reid said. “I’ve been looking for a fight and tonight was my first fight.”

Reid trains five times a week at the TNT club and she felt ready for her debut fight.

“I was really well prepared. My trainer told me ahead of time what to expect when I was in there,” she said. “I wasn’t scared. I’ve sparred. This week I sparred four times with people so I’m used to it.”

But sparring and fighting on a card are two different things. For one thing, there’s a crowd and the huge crowd was at its most vocal during Reid’s bout.

“I know a lot of people because I train along with them and I spar with them, too. That’s why,” Reid said. “It was such a huge crowd. I really wanted to stay focused and do what I needed to do in there.”

While Reid connected with some good punches, she also took some, too.

“I didn’t feel any punches,” she said. “I took a couple, but I don’t think I got really that bad a hit. I spar with people that hit harder, so it was good.”

And she didn’t feel nervous before her debut match. To keep the bout out of her mind as much as possible earlier in the day, she did her housework.

“I was really calm, I was surprised,” she said. “I was really nervous all day, having the butterflies, but when I got in there, I was completely calm. When I got to the corner and (the referee) started saying that we were going, I was ready.”

Reid has advice for anyone wanting to take up boxing, no matter their age.

“Just do it,” she said. “It’s great execise and it’s a great de-stresser. It’s just really good for your heart and everybody can do it.”

The card, TNT’s first at their new location on Dawson Road, featured five other members of the club with Greg Holley, Markus Berglund, Rowan Bell, provincial champion Carolyn Redmond and national champion and Olympic hopeful Sara Haghighat-Joo.