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Boxing meets architecture: more Balboa than Bilbao

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Astragal sends his congratulations to Stephen Franks, an associate at HLN Architects, who last week was named Britain’s unlicensed boxing heavyweight champion

Weighing in at 102kg, the 46-year-old is living testament to the architect breed’s fighting spirit. Speaking to Astragal, he said:‘I train and train and train the same way I do in architecture.’

He added: ‘HLN Architects is a great company to work for and very supportive.’

Franks took to the ring after staff at the practice’s Cardiff office were forced to go down to a four-day week due to the recession. He said: ‘I’ve got a family and it was a way to earn an additional income.’

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