I wrote an article last week explaining my reasoning for a fighter not to quit, conflicted on the subject that was tussling around in my head with the main concern being the health of the fighter.
So I decided to write a contradiction on my earlier scribe with this one being, why a fighter SHOULD quit which I am certain will split the boxing community.
In the sport of Gladiators, fighters who skipped over the sands of the Coliseum in ancient Rome share the same mentality as the ones you see on your TV screen today, sure the sport has changed dramatically with as you can imagine fewer deaths but one thing remains, the mindset that a fighter in most cases would rather go out on his/her shield.
We’ve seen it countless times, left on occasion to ask why the individual didn’t retire instead of having to lay in a hospital bed or worse. Its a line in the sand which only the fighter knows how far to step.
In my earlier piece, I stated that a fighter shouldn’t quit if he is deemed able to fight on, such as Roberto Duran in the infamous ‘No Mas’ fight or even as recent as a couple of weeks ago where quizzically Sefer Seferi was pulled out after just four rounds in a contest that was the equivalent of a cure for Insomnia.
Flipping the page, my argument for quitting, I do hate the word quit so will, therefore, use retire, Is the health concerns of continuing when a fighter is on the receiving end of a beatdown or sustained attack in which there is little to no chance of victory.
Fighters most of the time are too proud to pull the trigger on retiring from a fight but will tell you with their actions, some will send distress signals with a glance to their corner in between clinches or breaks in action, or perhaps an excuse in between rounds of an injury, it is the job of the third man/corner to take everything in to consideration when making a final decision and taking that decision away from a fighter that doesn’t want to be tarred with the label of coward.
More often than not I have no problem when a fighter is pulled from a one-sided bout after giving everything they have in search of victory, I still to this day look back with alarm bells ringing after seeing Gerald McClellan blinking erratically after his toe to toe exchange with Nigel Bell. even when he dropped to his knees, you could see something was drastically wrong, still, the referee allowed the fight to continue, this is where I would have hoped Gerald’s corner would have made the decision for him, maybe the seconds could have been vital, saving him from further punishment.
This is just one that sticks in my mind to which there are many more. We boxing fans are can be the most cynical, I include myself, but I’d like to think that after review we could find the reasoning behind a premature stoppage or look more in-depth on if the fighter in question was ever able to win the fight before retiring for the night.
It’s a tough debate, I’m sure we all have our opinions but if you’ve got to this point in the article please feel free to message me to give me your take.