If you’ve ever wanted to see a politician get punched in the face, John Robertson has a gift for you.
The Blacktown MP is getting into the ring on Friday, March 31 for Blacktown PCYC’s first Celebrity Fight Night.
Mr Robertson has been hitting the gym two mornings a week for the past six weeks in preparation for his fight.
The Sun caught up with him on Tuesday morning, drenched with sweat after a pads and conditioning session with trainer Rodney Williams.
“It’s hard work because it’s so different from anything I’ve done,” Mr Robertson said.
“I’ve been a swimmer, I’ve trained five mornings and three afternoons, but this is a hard slog.”
Mr Robertson said he was surprised to learn how intellectually demanding the sport is.
“It’s not just physical, it’s also thinking about what’s happening; where you’re going to go, how you’re going to move and what you’re going to do,” he said.
“So there’s a lot of things to learn. It’s not simply throwing punches.
“As Rod [Williams] says, it’s when you’re getting hit that you need to be able to think.”
Mr Robertson’s clash is the main event as he comes up against PCYC boxing trainer Dean Mazoudier. The trainer has decades of experience under his belt but no amateur fights to his name.
There will be seven fights on the night, with other fighters including Kevin Taumata from Housos, NRL employee Emily Latu, and police officers from Blacktown and Fairfield.
Mr Robertson has admitted his first fight may also be his last, but said he couldn’t say no to Blacktown PCYC club manager Joanne “Jojo” Tau.
The Labor politician said the club is a great place for young people looking for direction.
“The club does great stuff here with the basketball, with the boxing, with the dancing,” he said.
“If I can help them do more for the kids in the local area, I’m gonna do it. Even if that means getting hit in the head a few times.”
The celebrity fight night is happening in the Diamond Room at Blacktown Workers Club from 6pm-11pm on Friday, March 31.
Tickets are $45 per person or $150 for a VIP ticket, which includes a two-course meal and drinks. The club is aiming to raise at least $5000.
Two-time middleweight boxing world champion Nigel Benn will be among the special guests on the night.
Tickets/details: Blacktown PCYC, 9622 3470.