Knockout performance by first-time dad Richard - Press Gazette

Knockout performance by first-time dad Richard

Not even the arrival of his first-born could keep one sports reporter from covering boxing history being made in his newspaper’s back yard.

South London Press boxing correspondent and deputy sports editor Richard Cawley last week masterminded nine pages of reports on local hero David Haye’s victory over Enzo Maccarinelli – while off work on paternity leave.

It was 27-year-old Haye’s first fight in London – and took place at Greenwich’s O2 Arena, yards away from where he was raised. Cawley had unrivalled access to Haye, his family and team, thanks to having covered his career since he was a young, up-and-coming talent.

Cawley’s wife Nikki gave birth to Oliver on 9 February.

SLP sports editor Toby Porter said: ‘Richard’s achievement has been all the more impressive given the fact he’s been at home on paternity leave for three weeks. He has had exclusive access to Haye and his team and given our readers some cracking coverage. It’s like he’s hardly been away at all.”



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