TIME out from competition can be a good thing. Sometimes you need to give yourself chance to breath, enjoy training and develop in your own time without an immediate deadline.

And that’s where I am at the minute. I only came back to combat sports in February but since then I’ve had 4 boxing bouts.

My next fight will be on the home show, Clash of the Titans on April 4. Now is a good time to improve, physically and mentally in the time I have before then.

Don’t get me wrong, the hard work has started again with fitness sessions at the end of boxing that push my body to the extreme. But I have plenty of time to improve and make sure my next performance is the best yet.

I feel great in boxing at the moment. Technically I have come on leaps and bounds.

I have a lot to work on in kickboxing but it is so much fun to throw all strikes, you never know where it might lead and it’s great to have more weapons in the arsenal.

I had a great session on Saturday morning, pause-squatting 110kg at about 62kg bodyweight. I’m really surprised that I managed it as it used to be my PB on regular squats and I am fighting off a cold.

I plan on eventually competing in boxing, kickboxing and powerlifting.

I know I have it in me but my coaches will get me the fights and competitions that they know I can win when they know I am ready. Not before.

Boxing in April is next but if there is a fight before then I’ll be ready to go.

I would love to be a full time pro athlete and no longer work a day job but these things will happen when they happen.

You can’t rush the process because the journey is the most important part. Competing is the fun bit you get to do at the end.