I HAVE QUITE a good sixth sense when I meet athletes for the first time and usually gauge within a short conversation their character. Charlie has a self-effacing characteristic that has dealt with the disappointment of defeat and turned it into a lesson. According to Former Olympics Coach James Michael Lafferty, ‘The difference between a Winner and a Champion is that the winner wins occasionally while champion wins with consistency.’
Who is Charlie Duffield outside of boxing?
More than anything, I am a doting dad to my two girls, Lillianne and Robin. My girls are 2 years old and 8 weeks old. I am very much a family man and always have been, even before I was a dad and a husband. I come from a big family, I have eight siblings and both my parents come from big families too. I’m also a personal trainer and fit my clients in around my boxing training and commitments, as that takes priority for me.
How did you get into boxing?
When I was about 10, my dad, Charles, took me to West Ham ABC, apparently, this was a desperate bid to get me on a better path and disciplined. It worked! I loved it from the minute I stepped in there and within a few months, I already had my first fight lined up. I remember that feeling still, I couldn’t wait to fight, and it went from there.