I used to be an Australian rated professional boxer, please find my highlight reel below.
Back in early 2004 I was getting ready to fight on Australian TV for the first time. It was a big event for me because my whole family was coming to watch and I was training very hard because I didn't want to get beat up in front of my grandparents.
At this time I was also working on the door of a nightclub in Sydney's Kings Cross. There was a girl that worked behind the bar at this same place and she definitely belonged on the top shelf, blonde and beautiful.
In what would turn out to be a mixed blessing I started seeing this girl about six weeks before my fight. We were getting along like a house on fire in every department and it definitely started to affect my work in the gym.
Most fighters abstain from sex before competition and I had always been quite disciplined but when it came to this girl I was like a bulldog eating custard, couldn't say no.
My trainer had organised some sparring sessions for me with Danny Green (former world champion). I knew I had to pull myself together and get focused but the night before our first session it happened again, like Icarus flying too close to the sun I found myself in the honeypot that was her bedroom.
The next morning I found myself walking into the gym completely and utterly spent, to my horror half of Sydney's boxing community had turned up to watch Greeny spar.
I did OK in the first round, unfortunately our sparring session was scheduled for a bit longer than that. In the second round I over reached with my jab and he deposited me on the canvas with a right hand, I got up straight away but my pride was knocked out for a lot longer.
This isn't really a beat because that punch helped focus me and I won my fight a few weeks later, I just thought it could be an entertaining story to tell and I might post a few more if anyone's interested.