The Measure Of A Man

As you all know Jay Brockway has the pleasure of training some professional boxers. Currently they are Isaac Chamberlain, Jake Ball and then there's Leon Mckenzie. And with him lies the title of this blog;
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
I think it was Plato or myself that said the above...
Leon Mckenzie. I got the measure of that man last night. I mean as per, I've seen Jay destroy him in the studio and the guy just kept coming back for more. That's how he's built. Ex professional footballer and now 38, last night Leon fought Jahmain Smyle for the the English title. He lost on points. And fairly so. He trained hard for this, changing his physique and fitness levels.  It wasn't enough but you know what? That's ok. He met a strong champion and he didn't quite beat him on the night. 
Life isn't defined by one moment. It's how you carry yourself throughout. This guy has carried more than enough for all of us so far. I watched Leon's eyes throughout the fight. The belief was there. Then it changed to realisation, that the task was going to be a struggle, and finally I saw true grit. All of his years battling depression, dealing with the loss of his sister, going to prison, raising his beautiful children. I had a good seat ringside and in his final sit down in the corner before fighting the last round he looked at me. I shouted to him; 
 "This is it Leon! This is fucking it!" 
He nodded. I think he knew he was behind on points. He knew it was KO or lose. And wow what a last round. Both fighters not willing to give in. At one point Leon looked absolutely spent, took 2 punches and STILL came back to almost win the fight.  Tears in my eyes and my voice hoarse,  no matter what the result I had been inspired, touched by a story that goes beyond the 12 rounds of a fight. What a man.  
Now. He's lost. Defeated and down. He doesn't realise that's not really the case.  It is a triumph over adversity. I'm inspired, Jay was inspired. Thousands of people suffering with depression who have watched his journey with awe will take immense strength from what he has achieved. At 38 now his journey is still only in its beginnings. He's proved he can do anything. So that's what he'll do. Anything he wants.
 "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Leon has had many times of challenge and controversy. He has the guts and the will. I'm excited for what he'll do next.  Whatever it is, Equilibrium is very proud of him.
Niko