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Carlos Spencer primed for Fight for Life

Published: 11:18AM Friday December 14, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

Former All Black star Carlos Spencer is looking meaner than ever and is primed to win his first amateur boxing fight at the Fight for Life in West Auckland tomorrow night.

The former All Black and Blues playmaker controversially drew his celebrity bout against former Warrior and Kiwi Awen Guttenbeil last year despite sensationally knocking him down in the final round.

"A lot of people say I was robbed," Spencer told TV ONE's Breakfast.

"(But) Nah it's not about revenge. Obviously first and foremost it's about the cause, which is obviously prostate cancer, and the awareness so that is the main reason why I'm here.

"And obviously the personal challenge as well. I really enjoyed myself last year so when Deano (Lonergan) rung me and asked if I was keen to do it again I was thumbs up."

Tomorrow night Spencer will be fighting another former league international in Jared McCracken.

Follow live updates of Fight for Life on onenews.co.nz from 6pm tomorrow night

McCracken, in his heyday, was a rugged centre for NRL clubs including the Canterbury Bulldogs, Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers but at 42, he is six years older than Spencer.

"I won't say that (he is an old man) because I don't need to give him any more ammunition," Spencer said.

"I don't know much about my opponent. I obviously know who he is but it's one of those things where you just worry about yourself because that is all you can do so I have a game plan so I'm just going to worry about that."

Last year Spencer came out all guns blazing and this time around says he wants to take a more measured approach.

"I had a game plan last year but it went the window the first five seconds and it almost becomes a brawl instead of a boxing match.

"So you have to be careful. I sort of blew out early on in that first round last year and was going the full three rounds. So you have to learn to relax so hopefully I can go in this time a bit more relaxed and save a bit more energy."

The rugby v league event kicks off at 6pm from Waitakere's Trusts Arena and will also feature Eric Murray (Olympian fighting for rugby) fight Manu Vatuvei, Rene Ranger against Greg Bird, Hika Elliott v Paul Gallen, and Troy Flavell go head-to-head with Willie Mason.

Lauryn Eagle will match it with Daniella Smith in a women's bout and the main event sees heavyweight Joseph Parker take on Richard Tutaki in six three minute rounds

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