Mike Ness punches his way into San Francisco with Social Distortion 

One final reminder for everyone who might have forgotten: Don’t miss OC legends Social Distortion, blasting into the Warfield Theatre Feb. 3-4, backing its rip-snorting new “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” set, which just hit shelves. And main man Mike Ness is slim, trim, in his finest form in years, both vocally and physically.

How did he do it?

“I’ve been boxing three days a week for the past year,” the once-stocky singer explains. “And I love it. I’ve finally found a sport that I feel I can do, where I can learn at the same time I’m getting in shape.”

And Ness doesn’t make it easy on himself. Each workout day, he spars five rounds with his 220-lb. trainer, he says, “because I’m always over-the-top with everything I do. And I’m always trying to study it and learn it. But [boxing] is really good for my temperament, my stress level — by working out really hard, I’m in a much better place, emotionally and mentally. And it’s funny — once you start to get some real skills, the chances of you getting in a fight are even less. Because you get that confidence and people can sense that.”

For more information, visit www.socialdistortion.com.

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