THE trip cost £1,000 — but a grandfather and his grandson have missed out on seeing Swansea boxer Enzo Maccarinelli fight in Germany due to an airline strike.
Ron Watkin, aged 70, of Roman Bridge Close, Blackpill, had booked to see the Bonymaen boxer face German bad boy Juergen Braehmer in a bid to become two-time world champion in Rostock.
But hours before he and his 15-year-old grandson Callum were about to leave they discovered that their airline Lufthansa had cancelled their flight due to industrial action.
Mr Watkin, a former boxer himself, said he had forked out nearly £1,000 to take his grandson to see his first boxing fight.
"My grandson had come down from Middlesborough and instead of us boarding a plane I had to put him on a train back home," he said.
"It broke my heart especially as it was going to be his first ever fight. I felt I let him down.
"We were meant to travel on the National Express to Heathrow and then fly to Munich and then onto Rostock. It was only by chance I saw that I picked up a newspaper on the bus and saw about the strike, otherwise we would have travelled to Heathrow for nothing.
"We had jumpers made up and I feel numb that after weeks of planning we are going to miss out."
The German airline has cancelled 900 flights in one of the biggest stoppages in its history.
"We were not even notified about it," said Mr Watkin.
"We have been told we will get our money back in three months time but the experience has been ruined.
"I follow Enzo in the majority of his fights and he is a great guy.
'''It's disappointing that he will have such a lack of Welsh support to cheer him on.
''I hope he will do well without his followers to jeer him on."
Mr Watkin said he plans to ask Maccarinelli to sign the jumpers he had made for the fight and auction them for charity.
He added: "If we can raise money for charity some bit of good will come out of a negative situation."