A quick scan of the English dictionary reveals success listed before work. However, in the real world of life and sport, success is predominately the open reward of private work.
How fitting then that as 2012 draws to a close, British boxing’s most memorable and remarkable night of the year featured a highly dedicated world champion who epitomises those ethics with admirable consistency.
Carl Froch is the proud founder of the school of strictly come boxing, passionately believing fighting is his primary focus. Yet despite his ever-growing and thoroughly deserved accomplishments, few outside of the fight fraternity may still not even recognise the finely-tuned ring warrior. The BBC Sports Personality award surprisingly saw him outside of contention for the much-coveted prize, even though 2012 displayed him at his peak.
Froch completely tore up the script of the fight scribes who were convinced his days as a leading world super-middleweight were firmly over following his one sided points defeat 12 months ago to the 12st king Andre Ward. For those considered experts it was somewhat foolish to write off 'The Cobra' in the wake a setback at the hands of Ward, who I am convinced will go many years undefeated and will secure his legacy alongside the likes of Sugar Ray Robinson and Leonard.
The 35 year-old Nottingham prizefighter was deeply hurt by that loss yet he sensibly refused to drown his sorrows and pile on the pounds. Instead he chose to continue in the disciplined lifestyle which shuns the late nights, the celebrity lifestyle and simply finds him pounding the road and the heavy bag while always remaining the model student as he carefully learns from his unsung teacher Robert McCracken.
There is no room for little glitz and glamour in his methods where Carl is diligently purposeful. He leaves nothing to chance and even at this highly experienced stage of his career continues logging all his training sessions that are littered with masses of press ups, sit ups and chin ups accumulated over nearly 13 years of pugilism.
No one can question Carl`s commitment to his trade and more than six months on from his greatest night it seems even more absurd that some people wrote him off without any regard.
In this fast-paced media world, few journalists take the much needed time to carefully consider a fighter's stock before declaring their verdict. Lucian Bute was 30-0 with 10 successful defences of his IBF crown. Maybe these were his unique selling points that convinced the British media to buy into him wholeheartedly, while quickly forgetting Carl was still on quite possibly the most impressive back to back sequence of opponents ever seen by a British boxer.
Froch went into the Bute contest with just two blemishes on his otherwise perfect tally but, unlike the Canadian, he was tried and tested. From the first bell it was plainly obvious that Froch was in a different league as he caught the champion at will while his home crowd and the watching millions at home marvelled at the ease with which he dismantled the fighter which Boxing Monthly ranked as the 168lb leader.
In a little over 17 minutes, Carl was a three-time world champion. He always knew a couple of losses wouldn't ring the final bell on his great career.
The late and great former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier was once quoted as saying, "You don`t become a champion in the ring, you are recognised in the ring." Froch fights like a champion but equally importantly he lives like one. Yes, he enjoys a treat. But as many routinely pile on the pounds this time of year this ring master will probably be working the pads knowing the chances of redemption with his adversaries Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler are on the horizon.
Carl will merely consider it a small sacrifice for a huge reward.