THE Away Fighter
knew both what was expected of him and what he was letting himself in for.
He knew the rules
of the game and understood that his rules differed to those of his opponent. He
realised, too, that his name, as the B-side, was all but irrelevant and that the
same could be said for three scorecards and the expertise of the three judges
tasked with putting pencil to paper and filling them in. By irrelevant, of
course, he meant out of his control.
The last time The Away Fighter boxed out of the away corner he was in Germany losing a fight he was actually winning against a German. He was, despite dominating, somehow trailing on points, yet would recover from a vicious low blow in the third round to confound his opponent, the three judges and the rules of the game by securing a stoppage victory in the eighth.