It was a beautiful May evening, A-listers from the UK Channel community gathered in London for one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year – CRN Fight Night. And oh what a night, the glitz and the glamour accompanied by some classic boxing bouts made it an evening that everyone involved would never forget.
Having read previous blogs you will know that Mimecast had a vested interest in their brave warrior, Dave “The Doctor” Rodger. Having come through the fiercely competitive selection process, Dave then embarked on an arduous journey requiring incredible commitment.
The time had come, dinner had been served and drinks had been topped up. You could cut the tension with a scalpel. The Mimecast camp was a veritable mixing bowl of nerves and confidence as it was evident how committed Dave had been throughout the whole process, with a noticeable change in size and strength.
Suddenly the lights brightened, the music started a quick crescendo, which was soon drowned out by home support as the man of the moment entered the electrically charged atmosphere. His opponent, Jack Bulmer of Centerprise followed swiftly to a slightly more hostile welcome but he had a pocket of Bulmer faithful cheering him on.
Round 1 of 3 started the way many pundits had predicted – with a bang.
‘The Doctor’ came flying out of his corner not even giving Bulmer time to take a step forward. Home crowd advantage was now incredibly apparent as Rodger rained in the blows to Bulmer one by one for 90 seconds until the ref pulled them apart as Bulmer turned away. Bulmer took the chance for a much needed break from the calculated assault that was being administered. Bulmer took the time to re-plant his feet and start to get a few shots off on Rodger to show that he certainly wasn’t going to be a pushover.
Had the second round gone the way of the first, ‘The Doctor’ would have had this bout in the bag, but that wasn’t how it was happening.
Bulmer had a severe wakeup call in the first round and needed to get back into the battle- continuing his ascent into form throughout the second round showing Rodger that he was going to take this battle to the wire. Rodger was proving he had a chin made of steel taking shots but immediately firing back some impressive counters.
Bulmer had done not just enough to get himself physically back into the fight but also on points he had forced this bout to the third and final round.
The final round would take this entire journey down to the wire. A fantastic spectacle and an amazing example of what boxing is all about. Both men giving their all for their companies and fans as victory hinged on one or two plum punches. “Super Dave, Super Dave, Super Davey Rodger!” could be heard bellowing from the crowd.
Punches were being landed by both men as Rodger would force Bulmer into the corner forcing him to turn away as the blows were executed. Bulmer would come back strong and test Rodger’s defensive capabilities. As the fight approached the final 30 seconds, it was Bulmer who started to look tired. Rodger was quick to capitalise and realised he could win it from there.
With absolute determination he pounced on Bulmer in the dying seconds and landed what at that point could have been the crucial punches.
With both men sluggishly walking back to their corners it was clear that they had given the fight everything they had. It was now down to the referee to make a decision I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to make. Dave “The Doctor” Rodger had earned his place in Mimecast history by becoming victorious on points; a popular verdict with the crowd.
Full of pride he was quick to turn the attention to the people who had helped him on his journey. “I’d like to thank my training team who have been amazing throughout this process.” said Rodger, a black eye already forming from the combat. “Not only were they incredible before but they kept me cool during the fight and I was able to keep my head and get the job done, the support from Mimecast has been incredible.”
Enjoy your well earned holiday Dave- we’re incredibly proud of you.