The fight takes place in an abandoned warehouse in the harbour region of the city. Karen’s corner team consists of her coach Jennifer, physio Frankie, and medic Ingrid. Outside the ring Karen is support by her father Martin, her brother Lucian, her sister Ella and close friend Rebecca. The fight’s sponsor has stipulated that both fighters must be totally naked.
The fighting is extreme and Bertha lives up to her name of “Brutal” with savage blows to all and ever part of Karen’s body. Karen falls to the canvas a number of times, but despite her pain each time she struggles to her feet. After 25 minutes of fighting Karen drops to the mat once again, this time downed by a particular savage blow to her crotch. The sponsor calls for a 5 minute break so that the fighters can receive some treatment for their injuries. Bertha, who hardly needs any treatment, strolls back to her corner with a smile on her face, while Karen crawls back to her corner with her face contorted in pain
While Karen’s family look on anxiously her corner team immediately set to work to stem Karen’s bleeding cuts and to apply ice to her bruised parts. Ingrid fills a syringe with a mixture of drugs designed to help with the pain and stimulate Karen’s flagging body. “This should give you another 5 or 10 minutes, but after that if you go down then you must stay down!”