On Monday night, Terese “The Knockout” Arenth will face Joanne “The Tigress” Hutchins, of Bayville, in front of an anticipated 1,200 people at the 10th Annual Long Island Fight for Charity a The Hilton in Melville.
Arenth and Hutchins have been training for the past few months with Frank Pena and Billy Strigaro with Glen Cove Boxing Club.
"They're working us really hard," Arenth said, "making sure we know the proper technique and putting us through the paces."
The extent of Arenth's previous boxing experience was limited to exercise routines with personal trainers. She'd never actually spared and said she was surprised at how hard it actually is to hit someone.
"It's certainly much more difficult than I ever participated. Having never actually gotten into a physical altercation with anyone before," Arenth said. "You can't fully appreciate how difficult a sport this is, until you try doing it. There's a lot of technique involved that's very different from any other sport and it takes incredible stamina and endurance."
Arenth and Hutchinson know each other and consider themselves friends so neither will be out for blood. Despite all the headgear and good intentions, however, said Arenth, you never know what's going to happen.
"We're not looking to move in for the kill, but there's always a possibility of getting injured," she said.
Numerous other Long Island business professionals will also be going toe-to-toe on the canvas as the main attraction.
Proceeds from Long Island Fight for Charity will be donated to The Long Island Community Chest, The Genesis School and the National Foundation for Human Potential. Long Island Fight for Charity since 2003 has donated $700,000 to Long Island charities.Tickets are available online or by calling 877-240-7821. Ringside seats are $195 and premium seats are $125. Both include admission to a networking and cocktail reception before the bouts.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a V.I.P. reception. Doors open at 6 p.m. and boxing will begin at 6:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be provided by more than 20 local restaurants.