Cameron takes over
Boxer Shane Cameron has taken over a Northcote gym known for turning around the lives of troubled teens.
The Mountain Warrior spends his spare time at Northside Boxing which he now co-owns with friend Mo Cooper.
Cameron made his professional debut as a heavyweight in 2002, following his selection as captain of the New Zealand Boxing Team for the Commonwealth Games that year.
He fought the likes of David Tua before shedding a few kilos to fight as a cruiserweight.
Northside Boxing is well known for taking in wayward teenagers and giving their lives a focus.
Cameron wants to develop the fitness classes and fight training and eventually move the gym to larger facilities at the old Lollipops Playland building down the road.
He's keen to move away from Northside's troubled past.
The gym's previous head coach Peter Derrick was last year sentenced to three years imprisonment for sexual offences against a teenage girl.
"The past is the past," Cameron says.
"We're just starting fresh. The biggest thing we're trying to do is create a family environment."
Husbands and wives like to work out while their children take boxing classes.
"It's nice to see that the kids classes are growing."
Young fighters will also be interested to note that new amateur coach Cleve Langdon will be joining the Northside team.
"Our numbers are climbing and climbing this year, it's an exciting challenge."
Cameron's keen to keep the gym's culture of acceptance where anyone can train.
"We've had a lot of positive feedback, some Americans who work out in here were saying they've never been treated so well. There are no egos in here, just good, solid training."
Boxing in general is one of the better ways of getting fit, he says.
"You use your whole body to burn off those calories."
North Shore Times