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STUFF : Southland kickboxer David Watts bullying rheumatoid arthritis as he takes on King in the Ring

The King if the Ring is a eight-man eliminator series with Watt vying to become the 75kg champion.

His rise from a kid who struggled when getting out of bed to competing on the national stage is one he quite rightly is proud of.

"I spent a lot of time in hospital when I was a kid and couldn't really play sport, because the pain put me off until I was about 13 or 14 years old which was when I started to play rugby," he said.