“You’d be a brave man or woman to hop in the ring with her”
Hareb became the first New Zealander to qualify for the women’s ASP World Tour in 2008 and reached a career high rating of eight in 2009. However, it was her entry into the boxing ring that made her a household name in New Zealand.
Fighting against TV presenter Hayley “The Incredible” Holt, their three round bout to raise money for charity in 2011 gained huge media exposure.
“Surfing will always be my number one priority,” said Paige on New Zealand TV afterwards, “but the reality is I need to bring more money in to support my campaign because of the amount of travel around the world.”
Hareb lost the bout, but after watching the (quite brutal) footage above, you’d be a brave man, or woman, to hop in the ring with her.