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Boxing – "The Sweet Science of Bruising" 88 www.hk-lawyer.org •  January 2018 By Jonathan Crompton, Partner RPC I n 2012, Jonathan Crompton, was attending his third white collar boxing event as a spectator. A few years of playing recreational rugby and post-game socialising helped him to his heaviest weight ever. After a few courses of dinner and a few rounds of fighting, the usual conversation started... "So, who's going to fight next time?" Crompton had been tempted to try boxing since attending his first white collar fight because of the fitness training, but boxing turned out to be more than just another challenge. Two white collar fights later, Crompton credits boxing with kick-starting a transformation of body and mind. Now a partner at RPC, he enjoys training friends for their first fight, while contemplating a return for his third. Violence or professionalism Not all changes to boxing since the Marquess of Queensbury rules in 1867 have been positive. The youngest ever world heavyweight champion was a notorious ear biter and convicted rapist. The self-proclaimed 'best ever' just retired with a 50-0 professional record after beating a mixed martial artist with no professional boxing record, for a pay- out exceeding US$100 million. Yet there are lots of lawyers involved in boxing. Bob Arum, founder and CEO of Top Rank Boxing, graduated from Harvard Law School and was a US Department of Justice attorney before being asked by the Nation of Islam to represent Mohammed Ali. In Hong Kong, there are many partners and associates in law firms who are current or former boxers, including a welterweight with a 38-0 record. Crompton explains why, as a busy lawyer, he enjoys boxing. The 'Sweet Science' Most boxers are skilled professionals like Manny Pacquiao and Nicola Adams, rather than violent thugs. The whole ethos of boxing aligns with legal professionalism: Diligence – The initial 'boot camp' was hard. As was the second, third, fourth... That's the point. With each training session harder than the last, you become fitter and stronger. Mohammed Ali said "The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights". Similarly, maximising your client's chances of the best outcome involves hard work. I no longer wish people luck – if you need luck you haven't done enough. Instead I tell people they've worked hard for it. • Focus – The prospect of someone

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