3 Rounds Later

This was a hard post to type up, mainly because I was suffering from a horrific amount of jagerbombs on Saturday night, but also because it’s over and I lost.

I’ve never been a great loser, I’m hugely competitive and bitterly disappointed to lose. I lost on a points decision 29-28, effectively two rounds on one.

That being said, I can’t complain about the result, it was a very tough bout but Louis was class. His tactics were spot on and he managed to completely pick me off in the third round – to the extent I spent a good part of Sunday picking congealed blood out of my nose.

Despite that, I had a great time, not just over the 8 weeks but on the night as well. My fight wasn’t until much later on, so I got to spend quite a bit of time with my guests before going back to the changing rooms to get prepped and warmed up. It truly has been a fantastic experience and one I’d recommend strongly. If anyone has any thoughts of doing an event like this, please get in touch and I’ll tell you why you definitely should!

People have asked if I’m going to continue with boxing and I don’t think I am, not at the moment anyway. Rugby is still more important to me and I definitely don’t have enough hours in my life for two such all-consiming hobbies! Preseason starts again soon, so hopefully I’ve got myself in a good place ahead of that!

I did two things I’m immensely proud of this summer and it’s a real shame I finished second in both. These are memories I’ll never forget, but the failures will drive me on to better things.

A few big thank you’s to go out. Firstly to everybody who came to watch me on Saturday, you all looked amazing and your support meant the world to me. Also to everyone who sponsored me, you’ve all been fantastically generous for a really great cause.

A big thank you to Neil Wray and the Sting Wray boxing team, who in no time at all have turned me from a bit of a liability into a semi-passable boxer!

Finally, a lot of love has to go out to my fellow competitors who have pushed themselves to their limits over the last 2 months and stepped into the ring last Saturday. Everyone has worked so hard, but special thanks go out to Kurt and Gary who have done extra sessions with me; Alex who I ended up partnering with most weeks and kept me going; and last but not least to my opponent Louis, who pushed me to give everything I had on the night.

Gutted it’s over, gutted I lost, but so happy for pushing myself to doing this, getting in that ring and taking the fight the distance.


Wizard Sleeve Ward

So after 8 weeks the fight is nearly here! I’m fighting a guy I sparred with a few weeks back and I think my jaw is still ringing!

The fight is all sold out so I can’t get any more ticukets, but it should be an amazing atmosphere at the Grand.

The last training session is tonight. I feel in good nick and think the boxing fight has really helped focus the remainder of my gym sessions outside of the sessions so I think I’m in a good place physically. I’m going to redo my measurements on Saturday to see if I’ve managed to strip any body fat, but weighing myself this morning I was within 1kg of my start weight, so I’m happy I’ve been able to improve my conditioning without dropping much weight. This was me on Wednesday though.

The fundraising has gone amazingly, at the time of writing were up to £355 which is a fantastic effort. If you have been putting off donating, please click the link and do it now!

As part of my fundraising, I raffled off my ring name, which is why I’m fighting under the name Wizard Sleeve Ward. Not too thrilled about that part to be honest!

But on the whole it’s been a fantastic experience, been great meeting new people, learning a new sport and staying fit over the offseason. Really looking forward to fight night now! See you all on the other side!

Halfway stage update

A bit of a delay since my last post as I had an unexpected county final at Twickenham. That was a fantastic day out.

While I made sure to keep up to date with all my training, some of the admin side suffered slightly so catching up now!

Fundraising first, and thank you thank you thank you to everyone who has generously donated! We’ve smashed the £50 minimum like 4 times over and still hoping to get more for Cancer Research UK. It’s a fantastic cause and please give generously here.

I ran a raffle for all the people who had donated to date where the winner gete to pick my ring name (basically stitch me up!) This was drawn last weekend because I need to get my name in for it to be printed and it was won by one of my colleagues Max. Sorry if you missed the competition – I think he’s open to suggestions. Further donations still very much welcome!

Secondly, tickets. If you want to come please pay me! Please be proactive about this and message me. I will keep trying to chase people, but if you told me on Friday night I may have forgot so let me know! I’ve sold my minimum 20 I need to shift to fight but would love to have more there. Tickets are £20 and please see the below image about dress code.

Onto the fight and the question I’m most commonly asked is “Do you know who you are fighting?” My pairing will officially be done on 16th June and I’ll send out a post updating you all on that!

Finally a note on the training and the diet. They’re all ticking along nicely, I feel really fit and full of energy throughout the day which is nice. I think my body is now fully adjusted to what I’m eating and when.

The training is going smoothly as well. First time sparring I managed to catch someone in the nose and he spilled some claret which is what you want! My technique still isn’t bang on but I look back at how far I’ve come in the 5 weeks so far and I think I’m doing okay.

Much love and thanks for all the support peeps.