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5 December, 2014 at 2:36 am in Matrimony
Carlos Spencer, the former All Black and current coach of the Eastern Province Kings in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, wasn't going to put the gloves on again after dabbling in the fight game over the past few years.
Cheap Pandora Bracelets But then his competitive instincts kicked in.
"I'm still asking myself, 'Why am I taking on this challenge?'" he said in Auckland yesterday ahead of his Fight for Life professional bout against the formidable Monty Betham tomorrow.
"For me it's personal. I'm not here to prove anything to anyone. I'm not even here to prove anything to myself, it's just a personal challenge of what a great opportunity to add a pro debut to your list of sporting achievements."
He has arrived looking extremely fit and both he and Betham will enter the ring at Claudelands Arena on the undercard to Joseph Parker's heavyweight clash against Irineu Beato Costa Junior in top physical shape.
Spencer has always known his way around a gym but his weight loss, particularly around his face, is eye-catching.
The 39-year-old said it was a byproduct of training extremely hard over the past three months for a first professional bout which is scheduled for four three-minute rounds. His previous Fight for Life bouts (a draw against Awen Guttenbeil in 2011 and a win over Jarrod McCracken in 2012) have been over two-minute rounds.
pandora charm cheap Asked about his weight, the former Blues player said: "It's probably the lightest I've been for a long time. I've had to put in the hard work because I've had to do that little bit of extra conditioning to try to get used to the three-minute rounds. A minute doesn't sound like a long time but when you're trying to throw and take punches at the same time it feels like a lifetime."
As head coach of Currie Cup team the Kings, he has had to start his day at 4.30am to get his training in before starting work at 7am.
He admitted the time away from home had been tough on wife Jodene, and children Payton, 10, and Asha, 6, who are scheduled to arrive in New Zealand tonight to watch the fight and stay for a holiday which will last until the New Year.
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There will be pressure on Betham, too.
He has fought professionally six times, including against Shane Cameron in 2011 over six two-minute rounds, a bout in which he held his own but lost on points.
Pandora Beads Outlet Betham, 36, said that since then he had focused on his family, business and charity work, to the detriment of his physical condition.
"It's probably the worst shape I've got into in a long time," he said.
"I got into some bad habits ... so for me it was perfect timing and to come up against someone who is a fierce competitor and someone who always comes in good shape."
Betham has dropped 6kg, going from 19 per cent body fat to 7 per cent.