On paper, an ex-Army soldier and current Prison Officer boxing an unfit recruiter should be a mismatch.

However, on Saturday night it was myself the unfit recruiter who won the bout with a second-round stoppage. My opponent had been put down for the third time and it was without question the right decision, after all, safety is paramount when in the ring.

After 8 weeks of intensive training, it was great to get into the ring in front of a crowd of 800 people - it was a buzz I haven’t felt before and the atmosphere was electric. I was fortunate to receive support from family, friends, colleagues, clients and candidates which without that I genuinely think I would have given up half way through the training.

 More importantly, the event itself raised over £15,000 for Cancer Research and all my guests had a good evening.

Thank you to everybody that donated to my just giving page and everybody that made the evening possible, it was a night that I will never forget. I can’t recommend the experience enough.