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‘I LOVE BOXING, BUT I’VE MOVED ON’

Former Anthony Joshua foe Gary Cornish talks to Oliver Fennell about his enforced retirement

HERE are precious few happy endings in boxing, and sometimes the saddest stories are those of unfulfilled potential. But Gary Cornish, whose career was cut short a year ago at just 31, has come to terms with his fate.

Last summer, the Inverness heavyweight was deep into training for a formidable assignment against touted Croatian Filip Hrgovic when he got the phone call that all fighters dread. He had failed a brain scan, and the British Boxing Board of Control would not renew his licence.

“I was absolutely devastated,” says Cornish. “I’d been training three times a day. I was super fit; everyone was saying how shredded I looked. I was happy and everything was going right. I was going to win that [Hrgovic] fight. He’s a very good prospect but I wouldn’t have taken it if I didn’t believe I’d beat him.”

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