R+B singer R Kelly has taken up a hobby to get him through his current tough times - boxing.

The FIESTA hitmaker, who faces multiple counts of child pornography charges in his native Illinois, now steps into the fighting ring during his downtime to let out his frustrations.

He tells VIBE magazine, "The boxing ring is like life. Ten wins, two knockouts. I went into the ring on my last birthday, and knocked somebody the hell out."

And Kelly doesn't worry about one day damaging his looks with his new sport, adding, "You gonna get hit in the face whether you like it or not sometimes. It just depends on how prepared you are to deal with the lick. And then how prepared you are to hit back.

"And if you expect to get hit sometimes, when you get hit, it won't be so hard."

04/05/2004 09:07