Former professional boxer Aleem "Hammer" Whitfield will serve five years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.

CANANDAIGUA — Despite the Hammer’s guilty plea to second-degree assault, many are still rooting for him.

Former professional boxer Aleem “Hammer” Whitfield, 30, of Geneva will serve five years in state prison and two years of post-release supervision after pleading guilty to second-degree assault.

“It's unfortunate Mr. Whitfield stands before your honor," said Ontario County Assistant District Attorney Heather Parker Hines. "He chose his actions that got him here. It is my sincere hope, and i mean this, that he moves on from this."

Ontario County Court Judge Frederick Reed urged Whitfield to be careful while serving his sentence so that he doesn’t extend his sentence while in state prison.

“People are going to try to test you,” said Reed. “Don’t fall for it, be smarter then that.”

Whitfield is a former professional boxer who had a record of 7-0 until he hung up the gloves.

“I'm either going to come out of jail dumber or smarter," said Whitfield. "I’m going to make the best of the opportunities in front of me."

Whitfield had his religious preference granted as Rastafarian, which means the boxer won't have to shave his dreadlocks should he choose to grow them.

An order of protection was issued for the two victims.