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Anthony Joshua’s Road to Legend

Anthony Joshua defeated Alexander Povetkin by TKO

Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin

Alexander Povetkin was never going to be a pushover. The Russian heavyweight is an Olympic gold medallist and has been boxing professionally at the highest levels for over a decade. In the 35 professional bouts he fought before meeting Joshua, Povetkin was only defeated once, by all-time great Wladimir Klitschko. The first round showed that Anthony Joshua was not invincible, receiving a broken nose at the end of the first round with a fiery combination from the Russian veteran. In the second round, too, Povetkin looked strong as he darted inside the taller man’s reach looking for connection.

However, by the third round AJ had started to find his equilibrium again, evading hits and dealing damage. It was in the fourth round that he landed a smarting uppercut that split Povetkin’s brow, as he started to gain real momentum in this fight. It wasn’t one-sided by any means, and if Povetkin’s renowned left hook had connected, it could have swung the other way – but the Russian started to look wild in his aggression, desperately seeking a strike that would tip the scales back in his favour. For his part, Joshua looked cool and composed, two left hooks finding Povetkin’s face.

Round five was quieter for the most part, and for a while in round six it looked like Povetkin was coming back, with explosive energy belying the fact he was fighting a man 11 years his junior. AJ took it well though, biding his time and landing some hits of his own, body shots to an opponent he described afterwards as “strong to the head, weak to the body”. Finally, in the seventh round, Anthony Joshua delivered his conclusive blows, true heavyweight knockout punches that would obliterate any opponent. Povetkin to his credit managed to stagger back to his feet, but swaying, his reactions slowed, he was unable to defend himself from AJ’s onslaught and the referee quickly called an end to the bout.

Next Steps

The same day as this fantastic fight at Wembley Stadium, the two main contenders for AJ’s next opponent announced a fight of their own: Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Tyson Fury on December 1st. It’s no secret that Joshua is looking for the WBC belt to complete his set and become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. The fans will be crying out for a unification bout to happen, and the odds are good, given that Joshua is the obvious opponent for whoever wins, if they have the ambition.

That fight, when it happens, will take place at Wembley. As Joshua said before his fight with Povetkin, “Providing I beat Povetkin, April 13 is booked. Wembley is there.” Engage Hospitality is therefore excited to present the next instalment of Anthony Joshua’s meteoric rise to the status of boxing legend, to becoming a name spoken in the same breath as the very greatest boxers of all time, in the city of his birth. Our ICON Club is a ring-facing hospitality facility that delivers the thrill and electricity of a big fight; with luxurious dining, delightful service, and boxing legends and celebrity guests hosting to make an already special night into an unforgettable occasion. Experience better with Engage and register your interest now to secure your place at this historic occasion.

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What to Wear to Rugby Hospitality

Smart casual rugby hospitality Ugo Monye

Often we get people asking what clothes are appropriate for rugby hospitality, at an event such as the 2018 Quilter Internationals, or the ever-popular Six Nations. This is a great question, because many of our rugby hospitality guests are entertaining clients or business partners as part of a corporate charm offensive, whereas others are simply there to enjoy the creature comforts and celebrity guests of the hospitality area with their friends and family. This situation calls for finesse and balance on the sartorial front, but don’t worry, because we have you covered: this is Engage Hospitality’s guide to getting it right when dressing for rugby hospitality.

Rugby hospitality dress code
The ideal for rugby hospitality is smart casual, as competently modelled by this cheerful Engage guest at Twickenham

No trainers or ripped jeans

Please remember that hospitality is somewhat more formal than only attending the match itself. As such, the appropriate clothing is somewhat smarter than might otherwise be expected. Please refrain from wearing trainers or ripped jeans. Smart-casual is the name of the game, even when entertaining business clients – it’s important that everyone feels comfortable and ready to enjoy themselves, in a less formal environment than the boardroom. Dress as you would feel comfortable attending a nice restaurant.

Rugby shirt at hospitality
Rugby shirts can be a suitable option for hospitality guests

Rugby shirts are appropriate

Don’t make the mistake of being overly formal however. Remember that this is after all a sporting event, and people are attending to have fun! There’s categorically nothing wrong with supporting your favourite team with a scarf or rugby shirt, and at Engage we’re always delighted to see them. Just leave the shorts and boots at home…

Charlie Ewels rugby hospitality clothing
Bath and England lock Charlie Ewels balancing style and practicality with a classic quilted jacket while hosting for us

Dress warmly

As some of you are no doubt aware, rugby is a winter sport, and it can be quite cold in the stadium. While there are few sights as inspiring as tens of thousands of England fans singing Swing Low (Sweet Chariot), their breath visible rising in the crisp air of Twickenham Stadium, it’s best not to be shivering so you can fully appreciate it. Bring a nice warm winter coat to keep you warm until the action on the pitch gets your blood flowing! Before and after the match, you will be toasty, ensconced in the comfortable environs of the hospitality facility with hot food and drinks, so worry not.

Best clothes for rugby hospitality
England vs Ireland on St Patrick’s day in the 2018 Six Nations was an opportunity for some spectacular wardrobe choices!
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3 Thrilling Corporate Hospitality Events in London 2018

Planning corporate hospitality events in London? Read our guide to find the best VIP experiences.

When entertaining that important client, it is essential to book a top-quality event that gives the right impression of your company.

Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the best events for corporate hospitality in the capital so that you don’t have to. So strap in for our favourite premium London events coming up in 2018.

The 2018 BRIT Awards with Mastercard

The BRIT Awards are one of many corporate hospitality events in London this year

Sure to be a truly memorable event, the BRIT Awards are always the height of glitz and glamour, with this year set to be no exception. Entertain your clients in style this February by taking them on a night out with the stars, featuring this year’s stratospheric host Jack Whitehall!

The red carpet VIP package includes an exclusive performance from Critics’ Choice award-winner Jorja Smith following a champagne reception and three-course meal.

Take your seats in the auditorium & enjoy performances from a plethora of stars including Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith & Dua Lipa.

This is the ultimate way to experience this special evening live at the O2 Arena. You are then invited to the official after show party at the InterContinental Hotel. Find out more or book your tickets for the 2018 BRIT Awards.

England v Italy at Wembley Stadium

International football at Wembley always makes great corporate hospitality events

This March 27th the great football rivals England and Italy will face each other for the first time since the 2014 World Cup. If your client is one of the millions of football fans in the UK, this match will get their blood pumping.

For the best possible experience, treat your party to the exclusive ICON club in London’s Wembley Stadium. Enjoy a three-course meal overlooking the pitch, complimentary refreshments throughout, and guest appearances from your favourite football personalities. Enjoy world-class football at the Wembley ICON club.

England v India at Lord’s Cricket Ground

London corporate hospitality events involving cricket are always a success

A One Day International cricket match is a day out unlike any other, and this July’s competition between two giants of the sport in London at the home of British cricket is not to be missed.

Hospitality at this match includes breakfast with a champagne reception, a four-course lunch, afternoon tea, and a fully stocked complimentary bar throughout the day. As always, big name guest speakers will be on hand to regale you with their sporting stories. Book with Engage to enjoy England v India in style.

(See also the 2018 England v Australia ODI on June 13th at the Kia Oval)

Other corporate hospitality events in London

Looking for something else? Engage Hospitality offers a wide range of exciting packages in diverse settings, and only the best corporate hospitality events in London.

Other highlights for 2018 include:

Click here to view our full events calendar. To speak to one of our advisors, dial +44 (0)20 7048 4848.

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Six Top Tips for Corporate Hospitality

An Engage champagne reception

Want to give a boost to your business relationships? Follow these tips to ensure you entertain clients in style.

In the business world, cultivating relationships with individuals both inside and outside your company is always paramount. This is especially the case when you are looking to make that big deal, or push forward with an initiative that you believe in.

One of the best ways to do this can be in a more informal setting, provided you do things properly. Here are the six most important things to keep in mind when laying on corporate hospitality.

Two Engage guests enjoying an event

Focus on building trust

It’s a classic mistake – you want to get things moving, so you cut to the chase too early and spoil the mood. You’re not in a meeting, so now is not the time to push too hard for a deal.

Instead, get to know each other. If you build a strong rapport first, chances are the business will go much more smoothly. However as always, be prepared to make your pitch if the client brings it up!

Know your client

Take your time to research what makes your client tick. Are they interested in sports? If they are, you have a great opportunity to show them a good time, and a relaxed topic of conversation as you get to know one another.

Be polite

When entertaining, the little things can be important. Etiquette matters. For instance, allow your client to take a seat before yourself. Treat your client with deference and respect to show that you value them.

England v Ireland Rugby

Make it memorable

Simply going for a meal at a restaurant, even a nice one, might not make the impact that you want. Get your client’s attention by doing something special that they are likely to remember, and you will find it pays off.

Aim to be early

Nobody likes to be kept waiting, and to make the best impression you want to be there early to greet your clients with a smile. This goes without saying, but you don’t want to risk being late and making a bad impression.

Luxury dining with Engage

Never skimp on quality

Finally, if your client is important to you let that be reflected in the quality you provide for them. Spending money on a premium experience from a trusted provider will make a world of difference in your client’s impressions of you and your company.

About Engage

Engage Hospitality provides corporate hospitality packages of a world-class standard, and we are official partners of organisations including England Rugby, Silverstone, Lord’s, the NBA, Chelsea FC and Wembley Stadium. To view our range of packages or to speak to one of our advisers, visit www.engagehospitality.co.uk.