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WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME A CONTENDER

By Jonathan Harris – Nobody has ever actually pinpointed a specific time in history where testosterone fuelled men and women began fighting for entertainment and moral values. Fighting has not come from a certain generation but more of a natural trait that has always flowed from the human race. Although a fight is in all of us, whether it being physically or mentally during challenging aspects in life we sometimes take for granted the wars we get to observe, but as fans its pretty easy to kick back with a pint of the finest and throw verbal instructions at the television to our favourite fighters, but what does it take to become a true contender inside of the squared circle?

“Skills Pay the Bills”

Of course, a fighter with great skills and natural athleticism will thrive in their sport, I’m also a strong believer that some fighters are born already with talent in their genes. A set of skills that comes natural to them with little effort having to be put in, but in the history of the sweet science it has produced outstanding amounts of evidence that although skills do pay the bills and do give that extra advantage over a less skilled opponent, it doesn’t always formulate to that conclusion, skills pay the bills but does not always mean the outcome of a perfect record.

“Heart”

Boxing is not a sport for the faint-hearted, The ability to dig deep when the going gets tough is a real attribute that separates the boys from the men. Heart will show through in many different scenarios whether it be pushing through a gruelling fight fatigued and beaten but refusing to give up to see the final bell or scraping yourself off the canvas to keep moving forward like a true warrior driving them to excel, Jack Dempsey once famously quoted “A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t” that is what makes these fighters special and one of a kind! Referees and cornermen can often get criticism for what some call “premature stoppages”, but there has to be considered for the simple fact that a fighters heart can take him in to deep waters, most are willing to go out on their shield and leave everything inside the ring, the importance of the referee in these situations in invaluable. Nobody wants to see a death inside the ring, because realistically that is exactly how far these fighters are willing to go.

“Dedication and self-sacrifice”

It goes without saying dedication is important to whatever particular interest you have if you want to succeed, but when your life is on the line for a possible 12 rounds there is no room for error or lack of commitment. To be a true contender, fighters devote themselves to the sport sacrificing more than what fans observe on the surface. Boxing is known as the hardest sport in the world not only inside the ring but also the weeks or even months leading up to fight night, where they have to construct their body to be able to withstand the torment their about to put themselves through. We can often forget the fighters forfeit time with family separating themselves through tough training camps, and sometimes missing out on important occasions to be able to prepare mentally for the task ahead. Personally, for me, that truly is the ultimate sacrifice which shows how much this really does mean to these men and women.

These virtues in fighters are what makes the sport of boxing as a whole so special, We witness modern day gladiators who are completely unique with a fire burning inside them that we can only imagine, not everybody is willing or even capable of these kinds of commitments and it is truly a privilege for fight fans. So sometimes when we get aggravated at our favourite fighters for not performing at the standard we know they can, we just need that slight bit of empathy to respect what they have been through and putting themselves through every day!.

So to all the fighters out there, we salute you!

I've been in the boxing industry for over 16 years but been a fan for almost double that figure. I'm the proud owner of TopClassBoxing which continues to go from strength to strength as we strive to give fight fans a voice to be heard amongst the community. I've also had several articles published by reputable magazines and you can usually catch me around ringside.

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