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Last Updated: Monday, 20 February 2006, 08:38 GMT
Langer survives boxing bout
Justin Langer is more adept at his day job - Test match batting
If you punch someone properly it's like hitting the ball in the middle of the cricket bat
Justin Langer
Australian opening Test batsman Justin Langer has taken on world flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan in a promotional bout in Sydney.

Langer, who holds a black belt in the martial art Zen Du Kai, went two rounds with the Armenian-born fighter in trainer Jeff Fenech's Sydney gym.

He said: "Inside the boxing ring it's the same as playing Test cricket - you've got nowhere to hide."

Langer, 35, took plenty of balls on the body in the Ashes series last summer.

He went on: "You've got to face a lot of your own fears in boxing.

"If you punch someone properly it's like hitting the ball in the middle of the cricket bat - it's a really nice feeling.

"I don't know if I got a couple in - I really enjoyed it."

Darchinyan, who defends his world title in California in March, said he was very impressed with Langer's fitness and ring skills.

"I was quite surprised," Darchinyan said. "He can hold a punch. I did not go very hard because he is not a boxer, but he is fit, I can see.

"He's not scared, coming forward. Not punching hard, but he's good."



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