Standhardinger ready to swap jersey for boxing gloves

Former Rainbow Warrior Christian Standhardinger is set to make his amateur boxing debut.

Joining the sport to stay in shape during basketball's off-season, Standhardinger will step in to the ring for the first time to face Antonio Toetuu.

Toetuu, a seasoned boxer with two fights under his belt, stands at 6 feet and 250 pounds.

The match is set for Saturday.

The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger said he hadn't thought about changing sports until a chance meeting with boxing coach Kyle Pressley two months ago.

Since then, he's been training four times a week.

"I don't know if I've progressed quickly. Coach Kyle tells me I've progressed quickly." says Standhardinger. "I dont know if he's telling me that to just motivate me or not. Its quite fun and I look forward to the future.

Pressley says his young student is a natural. "His right hand goes through the body like nobody's business. He was knocking my guys around. I think outside of basketball he'd be a great boxer if he wanted to go up the ranks."

During his time with UH, Standhardinger scored 1,064 career points, leading the team in scoring, steals, and rebounds during his senior year.

He also made his mark in the record books by becoming the only two-year player to score more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds during his career.

In the Big West, 11 double-doubles led him to finish second in scoring and third in rebounds in the conference.

Standhardinger is in Hawaii for the summer to complete a degree in Business before planning to head to Europe to pursue a professional basketball career.

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