Making History

Anthony Joshua made boxing history at the O2 arena this weekend by taking the IBF heavy weight title from Charles Martin, after a spectacular knockout in the opening minute of the second round, making him the first British heavy weight boxer to win an Olympic gold medal and hold a world title. This also made him only the second boxer in history to win a professional world heavyweight title while still reigning as the Olympic champion. Overall Anthony is a rising star in the boxing world and in a post-match interview was quoted saying ‘I’m only quarter of the way there’.

A late starter to the sport, already 19 when he first began boxing, now at 26 has achieved an incredible amount of success in just a short period of time. Praised by his trainer Tony Sims as being ‘a very intelligent man who’s always eager to learn’ Anthony has not only put the time in at the gym to train but also studied old and current boxers to increase his knowledge of the sport.

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A Strong Team Leads To Strong Results

At the start of his career he had a lot of trainers around him to learn from, each giving a different insight into the world of boxing and a new style of training to learn from. Now Anthony’s team has grown even further with a physiotherapist, a nutritionist and a strength and condition coach. A strong team working together with the common goal of pushing Anthony to his physical and mental limits along with maintaining that he is eating, resting and recovering properly.

A strong team can help to develop and achieve any goals set, whether in the boxing world or in a business sense. If communication between everyone is strong and the team agrees and works towards the same goals you can really start to push the limits. In boxing this could be ensuring that your nutritionist is planning meals suitable for the amount of training your coach is putting you under or your promotional team are finding you the right fights to help you progress.

What Can Business Learn From Sports?

The sporting world is a fantastic way to highlight teamwork in relation to business, it proves time and time again how a strong team that puts the work in can achieve great things. It also highlights where disagreement or lack of communication in a team can lead to poor results, perfect examples that can easily be linked to workplace teams in any business.

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