*** See what happened on Fight Night HERE *** (some may find video a little gruesome!)
*** Read details of the intensive training routine here ***
I’d never even held a proper pair of boxing gloves when I was approached to take part in White Collar Boxing. Like 80% of the execs I HeadHunt, I initially said no. But just like majority of those execs, when I was asked a second time I was tempted….. It meant climbing into a Boxing ring 8 weeks later, with an opponent, in front of 500 people. This is proper boxing. It will hurt. It already has.
The training (and pain) for this has already been intense. I have been training between 8 and 10 times per week, and that increases for the final 4 weeks. I have had a bloodied nose, a black eye, bruised ribs and a suspected broken finger already. That is only going to get worse.
But it will be worth it….if I can raise money for the amazing Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. The Children’s Hospital has a real place in my heart after my 5 day old daughter’s life was saved by these nurses. I want to do whatever I can to help to save more – last year it was cycling from London to Manchester, this year it is getting punched. A lot. The hospital has 100s of initiatives to help these children forget where they are, and why they are there. That makes a real difference and makes small faces smile again. See more on how to help me, help the Hospital here: JustGiving
The main event is on 17th November at Mere Golf & Country Club, Black-Tie gala dinner and a full card of fights. More details from Cheshire White Collar Boxing.
This time last year, 1000s of people, most of them tabloid-story believing Daily Mail readers, would have paid to see me get hit. Now is their chance…..HERE
Two months to go. Weighed in at 66kg, 14% body fat (target 63kg, 12% body fat). First training session, first time wearing ‘proper’ boxing gloves. They stank. Memo to self, buy own gloves.
7 training sessions this week. “The more you know; the more you realise you don’t know”. Fitness and strength are fine, but ‘Drills and Skills’ are what are quickly becoming obvious are the main challenge.
First sparring session. First realisation what it feels like to get hit, properly. This is going to hurt. Committed to giving up alcohol during the week.
Second sparring session, first time in a proper boxing ring. First bloodied, swollen and bruised nose; first brain rattling shot to the head. Suspected broken thumb from mis-timed/well-blocked body hook. ….First one-to-one coaching session booked.
Clocked up 10 training sessions this week, not easy with a very full on workload. Feel like I’ve been in a car crash. Nothing prepares the body for what this does to it. I have aches in places I didn’t even know existed, but I am quickly becoming hooked.
Tough week to fit training in this week, and to stick to no mid-week alcohol commitment: Insider 42under42 dinner and EN Entrepreneur award dinner taking 2 evenings up. Managed 9 training sessions; yesterday’s 3rd sparring session saw first black eye and nose re-bruised/swollen. Wife just shook her head as I got home.
4 weeks to go. Training increases to 2 sessions, 6 days per week. Black-eye subsiding (thank god for Arnica), just in time for sparring session at Pro-Boxing gym tonight…..
Another week of training, another bloodied nose. JustGiving site has seen target hit within 48 hours which is amazing, thank you to all who have contributed.
Bearly two weeks to go; Training ramping up, photo for programme taken, entrance music being selected, black eye subsided, nose still swollen. 10th training of the week this morning, 11th this afternoon with more sparring. Anything but the face….
Last 7 days has seen 25+ miles run, 5 sparring sessions and 7 gym sessions. It’s also seen 1 bloodied nose, one swollen nose, a swollen thumb and a sprained wrist. Two weeks to go….
Spotted out running in sub-zero temperatures by two different people last night to a chorus of shouts and car horns…both contacted MrsC to voice concerns of my sanity! Just need to find a beanie hat and a compliant abattoir!
10 days to go til fight night. Physical preparation is almost there, now time for mental preparation. Fantastic comments below are really helping me.
7am weights workout, 1pm 1-2-1 sparring with a Pro, 7pm eight-mile run. In hindsight, growing a moustache would have been easier……
Also, media coverage here
One week to go. Reality starting to dawn. Last Sunday morning training tomorrow.
Just finished last sparring tonight, experienced fighter demonstrated what it’s like when you turn the pressure up ready for fight night. Pain is what it’s like.
Last bag session…..over zealous left hook and I pull an intercostal muscle. I can’t even lift my arm! Cue Sports-Physio. Idiot (me, not the physio)
Fight night! Physio worked wonders, not 100% but close enough. My nerves are working overtime. I’m climbing into a ring to get punched. Why? You can smell the fear. 8 hours to go till Gary ‘IronMan‘ Chaplin makes his debut. *hums Rocky theme tune*
See you on the other side…
Read what happened HERE
Gary ‘IronMan‘ Chaplin (Black Shorts) Vs Paul ‘Silky‘ Smith (Blue Shorts)
Photos – taken by Mark Van Spall, one of the most accomplished, versatile, dynamic and promising photographers I’ve worked with, known for his sports photography but with a far broader skillset. Mark’s work can be seen here