Taking in Rome's many grand sights for the first time last week, after adding another notch to his boxing belt, one in particular resonated with David Nyika.
If the Colosseum walls could talk they would share stories of gladiator conquests and gruesome deaths.
Even today, amid the flood of tourists, there is an eerie feel.
Experiencing the magnificent arena Nyika drew inspiration as he reflected on his journey, one that began with his first fight aged 15.
Nyika's first international bout came after just six fights, and the 23-year-old has since amassed 80 wins and nine losses.
It's an impressive