Change of direction only temporary
Brandon Spencer wants to make a mark in the unique world of body building but for the moment that passion has been put on hold as he steps briefly into the shoes of a boxer.
About a year ago the 24-year-old developed a passion for body building, he got his body fat down to just 6 per cent with the hope of becoming a competitive body builder.
However, when his flatmate nominated him to compete in this year's Fight for Kidz charity boxing event his body sculpting took a rest.
Muscles and lifting big weights is not the ideal training for boxing.
"I've put it on hold for the boxing and I'll be getting back into it the week after I finish boxing. I've cut it right back and concentrated on trying to become a boxer at the moment.
"[Muscle] doesn't really help with boxing, it's great for strength, but you need that speed and endurance."
While he wants to be successful in body building it is at athletics where Spencer is probably best known in the Southland sports arena.
Has represented New Zealand in two youth Olympic Games and won national titles as a 200m and 400m sprinter before stepping away from the sport when he left school.
Spencer conceded from all the sports he has had a crack at, training to become a boxer was very tough.
"It's definitely been hard. Dumbbells obviously don't hit you back," he joked.
"The coaches have been really good though, and the team I'm in has been real good. Obviously there's been quite a few pull out this year and I don't really blame them because it's a bit of a shock to the old average joe trying to box."
Spencer will take on Jeff Dakers in the first fight of the August 16 fight night. He said he was pleased to be first-up to get it over and done with and enjoy the rest of the night.
For Dakers it is actually his second shot at competing in the Fight for Kidz event. He took part in the 2010 Fight for Kidz, losing to Dom Rikiti.
The event is organised by Dave Bartley and Steve Boutcher and has raised more than $300,000 for charity over the years.
Proceeds from this year's event will go to Ruru School in Invercargill, which caters for students with special needs.
The 2014 event will be the first since 2010, with Fight for Kidz taking a break after the collapse of Stadium Southland.
- The Southland Times