Boxing stars are often described as fearless for putting themselves under duress in the pursuit of riches and prestige.
Only this week Scottish icon Josh Taylor joked that relishing getting punched in the face makes you a “little mad.”
But that kind of unwavering determination isn’t limited to those who get inside the ropes on fight night.
The sweet science is jam-packed with unlikely back stories in a bid to fulfil lifelong dreams and ambitions.
That certainly applies to Lewis Wayland – a 29-year-old with a passion for the sport to use the current climate as a springboard to launch his new career.
He found himself without work amid the pandemic and the trained videographer decided it was time to combine his craft with the sport he loves.
And a leap of faith landed him him inside the Taylor’s camp ahead of his light welterweight title defense against heavy-hitting knockout specialist Apinun Khongsong as he returns for the first time since his World Boxing Super Series triumph.
Wayland explains how his single-mindedness led him from a building site to a chance to capture Scotland’s leading sportsman in action through his YouTube channel Boxing Immersed.
He said: “I messaged a lot of fighters but Josh was the one I was really hoping to hear back from and he responded and said he was going to Fuerteventura and he would message me when he got back.
“A couple of days had gone by and I was like ‘I’m hungry, I want to make this happen’, so I messaged him and said ‘I know this might be a bit mad but I would be keen to fly out there to film you.’
“He replied after a few days and he said he would be up for me to come out and film him training.
“I wasn’t working at this point, I have some savings in my bank but not a lot but this is what I’ve been wanting for a long time so I’m not going to miss this opportunity.
“I stayed out there for a week and got to know him and got comfortable and he was happy for me to be around him, it was great.
“People like to see the real style of fighters and their personality.”
That seven-day sojourn to Spain allowed Wayland the chance to get up close and personal with the Tartan Tornado and his new trainer Ben Davidson.
And he believes the burgeoning partnership between Tyson Fury’s former cornerman and Taylor could be the start of something truly special.
He added: “Josh is a hard worker, he knows what he wants, it is easy for him to have that focus.
“The two of them are very, very professional, they have a laugh together and it’s that typical English and Scottish type of humour.
“In terms of their relationship, they are both very driven and ultimately want the same thing which is to win as many belts as possible.
“Josh is focused and they gelled really well and it was so to be around and see them working together.”
Taylor will be hoping his dedication will lead to victory this weekend and set up a unified light-welterweight showdown with WBC and WBO champion Jose Ramirez later this year.
And Wayland – fresh from his big breakthrough and looking to build his brand in Glasgow – will be determined to be on hand to give fight fans the inside story.