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Andy Lee won a world title after a series of setbacks, without compromising his decency. His self-awareness has left him better prepared than most for life after boxing – even if he doesn’t know what he wants to do

The most important part of boxing is not fitness, it is not conditioning, not hours in the gym, a granite jaw, or knock-out punches. It is a self-confidence bordering on self-delusion.

It is the ability to step into the ring with another boxer, sometimes a better boxer, even though you know that for 30 minutes you’ll get pounded in the head, you’ll get butted and body-checked, you’ll get your ribs thumped, your teeth rattled and...

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