Greer packs punch for a cause
IMBIL Police Station senior constable Bill Greer swapped his blue uniform for boxing gloves and a singlet during the Police vs Firies Charity Boxing Night at the weekend.
The boxing night was held at Nambour on Saturday night and was geared around raising funds for Sunshine Coast based charity, House with No Steps.
While Greer was happy to be involved in raising funds for such a worthy cause, his competitive streak also made an appearance.
Taking on Brisbane firefighter Matthew Keating in the ring, Greer rose to the challenge and managed to collect an impressive win.
“Fortunately, I had a win,” he said. “We got a really good crowd.”
Greer said he enjoyed the bout and winning all three two minute rounds.
“It was quite tough although I had a win in the end,” he said.
“I got hit hard a few times and had a sore jaw for a few days afterwards.
“Thankfully, there was no damage other than a few aches.”
The Imbil senior constable trained with Cooroy Impact Boxing trainer Mark Evans in preparation for the event.
The training was a sacrifice, taking precious time away from family, but Greer benefited from Evans’ advice.
“I was relatively a novice to boxing, but Mark was fantastic,” Greer said.
“I put in the hours and Mark really helped give me the fundamentals to boxing and develop a plan.”
Brisbane’s Keating was built solidly and went out in the first round looking to dominate early on.
Greer, however, weathered the storm and waited to make his move in the second when Keating started to show signs of fatigue.
“He came out early on with some big bombs, so I stepped back and let him wear himself out a bit before I came back in and got stuck into it,” Greer said.
“My fitness was definitely the key.”
As the bout wore on, Keating began to slow down and Greer pounced, delivering a series of powerful blows that left his challenger reeling on the ropes.
The challenge was a physical one, but the mental aspect was something that was a surprise to Greer.
“Boxing is definitely a mental challenge and I think that does not get a lot of recognition at times,” he said.
“There is the physical side of it, but so much goes on mentally, like staying composed, so that can really influence the end result.”
Greer is still riding high after his win, but maintains the real winner from the night was House with No Steps.
“My main reason for getting involved was the charity,” he said.
House With No Steps works extensively with handicapped members of the community to help them live independent and fulfilling lives.
Money raised from the night will allow the charity to touch more lives.