Taranaki boxer Tarn “The Terminator” Reid proudly shows off the ANBF Australasian lightweight title belt she won in Australia during the weekend, beating a fighter half her age.
Taranaki’s Tarn “The Terminator” Reid has created history by winning her first-ever boxing title, but she had to sacrifice everything to do it.
On Saturday night the New Plymouth mother fought the fight of her life against Australia’s Rachel Loder to claim the Australian National Boxing Federation’s Australasian Lightweight title.
Reid became the first New Zealand female boxer to win the Australasian title at the event, held in Tweed Heads, New South Wales.
The 41-year-old went into the bout as underdog with the odds stacked against her, having never won a title, fighting on foreign soil, coming off two loses and up against a woman half her age who was on a five-fight winning streak.
However a four-month training stint at Kombat Group Thailand, a gym which has turned 15 boxers, kickboxers, Muay Thai and MMA fighters into champions, helped Reid turn the tables on her opponent.
“It feels amazing,” Reid said arriving at New Plymouth Airport on Monday morning.
“It’s kind of a little bit surreal at the moment.”
After losing her last two fights at home Reid knew she had to change something.
“I pretty much sacrificed everything. I sold everything up and took myself over there and locked myself away in a training camp.
“I sacrificed people, things, everything by funding it myself but it was the best thing I could’ve done – chased my dreams.”
The gamble paid off and although the fight went the distance Reid knew she had done enough.
“I was probably in the best condition that I’ve ever been in, it was probably the best build up I’ve had.
“You kind of know as a fighter like whether you have won or lost ot whether you are unsure and I felt quite confident.”
A doctor checking Reid out after the bout asked if she was aware Loder was 21 years her junior, to which she replied, “Yeah, not bad for an old bitch, aye”.
“I just want to inspire, not just women but people that want to chase their dreams. It doesn’t matter what your age is you only live one life, so live your best life.”
While Reid said she planned to take the summer off she was excited about the future.
“I’m going to have a break because it has been a long full on training for the last four months, although I’m already contemplating training tomorrow,” she smiled.
“Next year is going to be a big year. This is going to open up so much for us internationally.”
Reid said during most of her 10-year career she had flown under the radar so hoped the win might bring some recognition.
“Maybe some sponsors will take notice.”