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Managing Partner of Anthony’s Travel Richard Bamber says we need to think about the here and now as well as planning for an electric future

As a huge fan of boxing I have travelled not only the length of the UK but around the world. I have been at some of the most memorable nights in the sport’s recent history and got to know personally many of the boxers in the UK and their training teams; there are probably not many headline boxers from the past four decades I haven’t met. Twenty-seven years ago at a training camp in Tenerife I once had the misfortune of climbing in the ring with the ‘Dark Destroyer’ Nigel Benn – I don’t think my knees have stopped knocking since!

You can learn a lot from boxing, that’s why its referred to as ‘noble art.’ Sometimes fighters have slipped up looking too far into the future and not concentrating on their next opponent, not made the most of the talents they already have, rushed to embrace styles that do not suit their skill set or to get rid of their training team for a cheaper option; people that make the right sounds, tell you what you want to hear but ultimately can’t deliver – it’s a costly mistake that happens time and again.

A boxing ring can be a lonely place once you’re inside the ropes. If you haven’t prepared right, if you failed to analyse your opponent or surround yourself with the right team, the truth will eventually find you.

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