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Leigh Bruce still has his fighting spirit

The next career move for Leigh Bruce, the long-serving comms chief at Barclays who famously described the bank’s former boss Bob Diamond as “a lightning rod” for Libor, had to be a knockout.

So Dashwood is pleased to see that Bruce has found just the thing to keep himself busy after leaving the bank in April.

He has set up a boxing business called London Community Boxing (LCP), which aims to “increase social cohesion by bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together in a common interest”.

In fact, Bruce is so busy running his new charitable boxing enterprise that he tells me: “I haven’t thought about Barclays since I left.”

But it’s still round one for the self-confessed “gym rat”, who started sparring ten years ago at the now-defunct McKenzie gym above the Half Moon pub in London’s Herne Hill.

Bruce, who is the sole financial backer of LCP and its commercial subsidiary, Boxing Performance Management, tells Dashwood he is “struggling” to secure permanent premises.

“We are looking at several places at the moment, and hope to sign a ten-year lease in the next few months,” says Bruce from his holiday retreat on the east coast of Greece.

Can any Barclays associates with a spare 5,000 sq ft of prime leisure leasehold in South London advise?

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harriet.dennys@telegraph.co.uk

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