Laing might need to put his feet up

FIGHTING FIT: Corey Laing is ready to swap his farm gear for boxing gloves.
FIGHTING FIT: Corey Laing is ready to swap his farm gear for boxing gloves.

Dairy farmer Corey Laing is not sure if he'll make it to work on Sunday.

Laing has warned his staff he might need the day off after boxing at the Fight for Kidz charity event at Stadium Southland on Saturday night. His opponent is Daniel Haitana.

"I'll see how I'm feeling," he said yesterday.

Interestingly, his cousin, Tyson Malcolm, is boxing at the Fight for Life in Whangarei next month.

The opportunity to help raise money for Invercargill's Ruru School was the reason Laing entered Fight for Kidz. The school caters for students with special needs.

Laing and other Fight for Kidz boxers met students and teachers at the school on Monday.

"It was a good chance to see why we're getting in the ring," Laing, of Gorge Road, said.

"It's a great cause."

He has been able to juggle work and boxing training during the past three months.

"June and July was OK but now we're calving, it's a bit busy.

"The training's been tough, it's no easy beat."

In his spare time he walks his pig dogs, and hunts game. He follows some professional fights on television.

Laing moved from a Whangarei dairy farm to Gorge Road five years ago. His boss in Whangarei bought into the Southland farm and Laing moved south to work on it. Laing then bought a share in the farm.

When asked if he was nervous about Saturday's fight, Laing said:

"I'm too busy with work but come Friday, I'll be nervous."

The Southland Times