Burly commercial manager Paul Nyland will attempt to lose five stone in bodyweight within four months as part of a fundraising effort for Cancer Research UK.
Well liked and a popular figure at One Call Stadium and around the Town, the 45-year-old has begun training with coach Julian Leivars of Quarry Lane Boxing Club in Mansfield.
Speaking to www.mansfieldtown.net after his first day of training, Paul said: "I started this challenge at a weight of 22.3 stone and I am aiming to get down to 17 stone within the five month period - a weight which I was when I got married 20 years ago.
“I am absolutely determined to do this and have a good coach behind me.
“I want to do this challenge for my own fitness and health and in the process hope to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK.
"At some point in our lives, we will all know someone who is affected by cancer so I have selected this charity specifically to help contribute in a small way towards the research in trying to bring forward the day when cancer is cured."
He added: "I would also like to say a massive thank you to head coach 'Jules' from Quarry Lane Boxing Club for the support and training that he will be giving me throughout this challenge."
Julian Leivars, head coach at Quarry Lane Boxing Club, said: “Obviously it’s quite overpowering for Paul, walking into a boxing club for the first time as he’s never done anything like this before.
"But he has listened well, picked up the foot-work quickly and is very determined. I can’t see any reason why he can’t achieve his goal.
“This is more of a lifestyle change for Paul. He’ll be in the gym for three days a week at 7.30am.
“Initially, it’s about getting his base-fitness up.
"As that comes along we’ll be covering more cardiovascular work and building his strength and conditioning.
“There’ll be lots of stretching, agility, pad and bag work, as well as plyometrics and a lot of core work.”
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