This is an ungraded, unmixed rough cut of a pilot I directed for Channel 4. It was never made into a series. So why am I including it? I think it’s rather good. Not to mention, it’s also a record of the most gruelling shoot of my life.

The film tells the intimate story of charismatic, young boxing promoter Eddie Hearn on the tense occasion of his first stadium event (and biggest show ever) in Hull. I oversaw four camera teams that documented all the action, humour and intense emotions of that memorable day in Eddie’s life through his eyes, over 20 hours. (I drank a lot of coffee.)

The talented but troubled middleweight counting the hours until his comeback against a fighter who put him into hospital after their last bout…

Ring card girls putting on makeup and complaining that their outfits are too tight…

A bit of cash being counted out for the KO’d palooka on the bottom of the card…

A fight in the crowd rivalling the one in the ring…

And most emotional – and surprising – of all, two fighters in the crowded dressing room seeking one another out and embracing in tears minutes after the end of their brutal battle.

Would Eddie succeed in his big promotion, despite all the risk? And, in the longer term, will he prove a worthy successor to his larger than life millionaire father, promoter Barry Hearn?

Encouraged by an audacious Commissioning Editor at Channel 4, my vision was a film that prized the granular detail of a life, with no voiceover, scenes that played out long and challenged the audience to piece meaning together.

Now that I put it that way, I’m not surprised the series wasn’t greenlit.

But I’m proud of the film anyway.