We as boxing fans are often the most critical, especially those who have yet to step through the ropes.
Without prior knowledge of what goes into the preparation/execution of a fight it becomes easy to comment whilst sitting in the comfortable surrounds of a warm home or even enjoying the action with a few friends, beer in one hand, phone in the other, ready to berate a fighter to which we can all put up our hands and be guilty of, it seems like it’s becoming second nature to do so.
Twitter/Facebook/Snapchat and Instagram are just some of the portals which have opened up the lines of communications for us to make our opinions known to our following community.
Fueled by frustration, a dislike for an individual or perhaps it could come down to the colour of a fighters shorts (joking) whatever the subject we as fight fans become, judge, juror and executioner.
This past weekend was no different, Heather Hardy took to the octagon for a second time, the first for the Bellator organisation but was stopped in the second round on advice of the cageside physician
It was the first loss of her combat career but it didn’t stop some taking to social media as I read comments of overrated, the hype train derails, she has no business in the MMA and so on which I felt was distasteful, to say the least.
In reality before us on Saturday night we had a fighter, covered in blood, bleeding profusely from a broken nose still trying to win, she didn’t turn her back or call the officials to stop the fight, she instead tried in vain to turn the tables in an effort to give fight fans what they craved, a blood and guts performance, only for her efforts to be criticised, but now ask yourself if it was merited?
Joe Joyce who made his professional debut also came under the spotlight, faced with a seasoned professional who had since challenged for a British title (Ian Lewison), a win it seems wasn’t enough as I heard mutterings from sections of him already being compared to the divisions best, someone even going as far as to state ‘Joshua would murder him’, In disbelief I couldn’t help but laugh, I mean regardless of his amateur background, this was a guy taking the initial steps of his career and some were already setting him up to fail.
These are just two instances of which there are plenty more to scrutinise, but I’m writing this as a reminder to myself as I am to most of us, that the weeks of training camp leading up to a fight, forgoing the slice of pizza craved because of the need to make weight, the countless times a fighter misses a happy occasion, in itself deserves, no let me scrap that, DEMANDS our respect as I for one will Think before I Type in future.