Mick makes a fist of it

UNDER SCRUTINY: Guinness world record attempt representative Chris Sheedy keeps a close eye on Mick Fabar’s flying fists during Fabar’s attempt to set a new mark at Orange Central Fitness on Saturday. Photos JUDE KEOGH
UNDER SCRUTINY: Guinness world record attempt representative Chris Sheedy keeps a close eye on Mick Fabar’s flying fists during Fabar’s attempt to set a new mark at Orange Central Fitness on Saturday. Photos JUDE KEOGH

A WORLD record performance by boxer Mick Fabar has hit the mark with the first Ronald McDonald House fundraising event pulling in more than $50,000 on Saturday.

Mr Fabar, who prepared for his record-breaking attempt with an intensive 12-week training program, beat the world record of 428 punches in one minute with a score of 436 at Orange Central Fitness on Saturday afternoon.

Fifteen minutes later, unaware he had already had the Guinness World record, Mr Fabar broke his own mark, this time with 448 punches.

A representative of Guinness World Records supervised both attempts, declaring to a cheering crowd Mr Fabar was the new world champion.

"It's a great feeling but it was a team effort by everyone involved. It wouldn't have happened without the commitment of everyone who helped me make it to this point," a jubilant Mr Fabar said after breaking the record.

"The atmosphere here today has just blown me away, particularly the number of people who have donated and have come here to urge me along.

"It shows just how important people think building a Ronald McDonald House in Orange for sick kids and their families is."

Wallabies prop David Lyons made a guest appearance prior to the first challenge telling Master of Ceremonies Michael Croke he was proud to lend his support on the day.

A spokesperson for the Central West Ronald McDonald House fundraising committee said 'in kind' donations on the day and additional pledges could bump the final day's fund raising tally to $100,000.

The world record attempts, badged as 'The Challenge' were rolled into a day of fundraising activities at Orange Central Fitness with an RPM bike ride challenge in the morning attracting sponsorship of $10,000.

James Grant who held the punching bag and encouraged his training mate through both challenges said he knew Mick had beaten the world record after the first attempt before the official count

"I just knew he had it. The first time he went out faster than he ever has before but then he hit the wall towards the end, but it still balanced out."

"I knew he had it in him the second time as well but I knew he could pace it better."

Mr Fabar was supervised by his doctor during the two attempts at the world record on Saturday.

Chairman of the Ronald McDonald House Central West Steering Committee Joanne Lewis said everyone who supported Mr Fabar was part of a special event.

"It was so emotional. The cheer from the crowd was amazing."