Boxing isn’t a one man sport!
Commonwealth champion Luke Blackledge has stressed the importance of athletes having a reliable and honest team around them.
The 25-year-old is under the wing of Elite Boxing coach Alex Matvienko and the management of Mancunian promoter Steve Woods.
But the super-middleweight acknowledges the value of everybody at his Bolton base as well as his sponsors, physio and nutritionist.
“It’s important to have good people in your team,” he said. “It’s helped me on all fronts. I’m taking the right fights at the right time and I’m not rushing in to anything any more.
“My boxing has improved, I’m stronger, I’m a better runner and my diet and nutrition is spot on. We’re leaving no stone unturned to get me to where I want to be.”
Blackledge does, however, feel that certain fighters are able to capitalise on the individuals that they surround themselves with in the sport.
Frank Buglioni, part of Frank Warren’s camp at BoxNation, is one name that Blackledge has highlighted.
The “Wise Guy” drew with Blackledge’s next opponent Lee Markham back in May but has been presented with a WBA World title showdown with Fedor Chudinov next month.
“This is his last chance,” he said. “He won’t be given the opportunity to fight for a world title again. This one is his only hope.
“This chance has come because he’s got a good ranking with the WBO and he’s got a good management team around him in Frank Warren. All he’s done though is fight foreign opponents that have thrown themselves on the floor.
“I would love to fight Buglioni. I think he gets smashed by Chudinov and then hopefully I get to fight him. I don’t think it goes beyond the seventh round.”