Newcomer builds himself up for charity event
A couple of months ago Invercargill builder Kerry Archer was caught in the moment.
He heard Fight For Kidz charity boxing organisers Dave Bartley and Steve Boutcher were advertising for potential boxers to fight at the 2014 event - an event which had previously raised over $300,000 for charity.
The 40-year-old thought why not?
Fast forward a few weeks and Archer admits he has spent some time pondering what he had got himself into.
Like many newbies to boxing he has also developed a new respect for the sport as training has heated up with the August 16 fight night fast approaching.
Archer will take on 37-year-old Patrick Grace, who is from Southland but now residing in Christchurch.
"I was looking for something to do to let you know you are alive and I've got that all right," Archer said.
"We've been training for nine weeks now and I think it's 12 weeks all up. It's quite intense, it's certainly one of the harder things I've had a crack at. It is certainly a lot harder than I originally gave it credit for. I've got a new admiration for boxers."
Archer has a sporting background, taking part in many different sports over the years, including hockey, swimming and water polo.
"There is no where to hide in a boxing ring, I've found out. Most sporting things I can normally fake my way through with a bit of natural ability but not this one."
He paid tribute to the work the coaches had done, as well as the support the boxers in his red corner team had provided each other.
"The bunch we are training with are a real good bunch, they are all real good fellas and the coaches and trainers are awesome. They put a lot of time and effort into it. I take my hat off to those guys."
Fight for Kidz co-organiser Dave Bartley said tickets were still available for the night and he was hoping for a sellout crowd.
The proceeds from this year's event will go to the Ruru School in Invercargill, a specialist school which caters for students with special needs.
Archer said that while he was determined to put on a good show in the ring on August 16 the charity element was the most important part of it.
"It's a good cause and it‘s a good thing. It's nice to try different things."
What: Fight For Kidz charity boxing
When: Saturday, August 16
Where: ILT Stadium Southland
- The Southland Times