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.

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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.

Week 2: Name that boxer

So some exciting news regarding fundraising first and we’ve hit the minimum target for me to fight!

I’ve still set myself a stiffer target though to raise as much as I can for Cancer Research UK, and to get things going I’ll be raffling off my ring nickname! I’ll assign each one of my donors a boxer and draw one at random. The winner will get to pick my ring nickname. Please donate to the JustGiving page to enter! I’ll do the draw in the first week of June.

Onto other news, the training is still going well, it’s really moving at a pace and I’m still trying to consolidate what I’ve learned. Looking for someone to practice my defence against this weekend, so if anyone’s up for spending 10 minutes trying to punch me in the face on Saturday let me know, it would be much appreciated.

2 weeks into the new diet and exercise routine, and I think my body has fully adjusted to my new low carb diet, finding alternate sources of energy. My measurements are moving in the right direction as well; my weight is 97.1kg (97.5kg at the outset – my goal was to maintain) but bodyfat has fallen from 18.4% to 17.6%. Here’s the latest progress pic of how I’m doing.

Finally, I’m still selling tickets and want you all to come along! Send me a message or catch me next time you see me and let me know and I’ll get your tickets sorted out. The tickets are £20 at the moment and I’d hate for people to miss out.

Until next time.

Week 1 (and a bit)

So I’ve had my first 3 sessions and there is so much to learn. And when you think you’ve learned it, you have to produce it when you’re blowing out of your arse. And if you don’t, you get punched in the face. So all good fun.

The thing that surprised me most is the fitness. 3 rounds of 2 minutes doesn’t sound that long, until you have to do it! A lot of my training is now focused on that time pattern and I’ve even started doing cardio, so that should let you know how seriously I’m taking this! Lucky I’ve also found a boxing timer app that I can preprogram with my round length and rest time, so that keeps me honest deep into the later sets!

(Above: me after my second training session. Decided vests were definitely the way to go!)

On the fundraising side, thank you so much to everyone who has donated and promised to donate. We’ve already nearly hit my minimum donation required, but I’m hoping we can raise much more than that. The link to do so is here so please donate for Cancer Research UK.

Onto tickets. I’d love to have as many people as possible at this event. I’ve got 10 VIP tickets for £50pp which includes a meal and table service during the fights. I’ve also got 10 standard tickets (as above) at £20pp for entry – although I can easily get more of these. A lot of people have said they want to come along, so I’ll be bugging you all for ticket money shortly!

Thank you for reading this far (if anyone is!) and thank you everyone for all your support, be it a donation, coming to support me on the night or just a friendly word. It all means a lot to me.

Punching cancer in the face

So a few weeks ago I signed up for Ultra White Collar Boxing. It is something I’ve heard of a couple of people doing, and something I’ve been considering a while. Eventually I decided to dive in and sign up, and ask questions later.

My three goals are to raise some money for Cancer Research UK, win (#wwkd) and have fun doing both!

With the rugby season nearly over, I’m also using it as my motivation to not only stay fit, but also get back into better shape, as I’ve become very good at finding reasons not to go to the gym or justifying eating crap! The 8 week program will take me nicely into my holiday and then preseason, so the timing works out nicely.

The event is on the 24th June, so I’ve got 8 weeks to throw myself into training and fundraising. I’ll be selling tickets to the event and would love to see a big crowd of familiar faces on the night! If you’re interested in tickets please get in touch.

I’ll be updating this blog weekly on how my training is going and how the fundraising is going, and hopefully leave a fun journal of my experience that I can look back on in a few years time. If anyone else enjoys reading it along the way, even better! I’ll also be updating my instagram with pictures and videos, my IG is robbo277 for more regular updates.

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The above photo is me on the morning of May 1, which is the first day of my first training week. I weighed 97.5kg, with body fat of 19.8%. My aim is to maintain a similar sort of weight while bringing that body fat number down. Basically, I want to look like this guy.

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I got to my lowest body fat and best shape of my life a few years back on a low-carb, high-fat diet, and will be looking to survive mainly on meat, green veg and nuts for the next 8 weeks. I’ll be attempting to cut right back on alcohol too, and it will be interesting to see how that goes!

So that’s about all for my first post, please do come back and check up on my progress, and if you feel like donating please stop by my Just Giving Page and donate. The cost of the event is covered by the tickets sold, so all your donation goes directly to Cancer Research UK.