Why can't boxers just accept defeat anymore?

By Kevin Davis


You have heard it, we all have heard it, 'I give him full credit for the win, no excuses BUT...' it's like a program, some will even go on for months before they find or create a reason for them to have come up short that night. Lamont Peterson, now is saying that he felt weak after giving two valves of blood, the night he fought Lucas Matthysse, but he gives him full credit. What's even more exhausting is that more excuses are coming from fighters that have been knocked out in fights. Chad Dawson swears he could have continued the fight against Adonis Stevenson, when it was clear he was out on his feet.


I believe that it's a lie each fighter tells themselves and convince themselves they were not hurt and they are invincible. To admit that is like a form of weakness and they can't have weakness enter their minds when they are training in a brutal sport like boxing. It would just be such a breathe of fresh air to hear a fighter just say, 'I gave it my best and he beat me fair and square, I'll be back.' We do hear that now, then they come back months later with a complete brainwashed mentally. Maybe it's promoters in their ear, but they need to get out of it, because it doesn't make it sound any better, because to the masses it's all whining.

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