A Question of Courage

23.09.05 - By Jim Amato: If a fighter did not have heart and courage he would never step into a ring. The boxer's mind is a fragile item. Case in point, Roberto Duran. He was and still is my favorite boxer. Therefore you can understand how I felt when he uttered the now infamous "No Mas"! My God, not Roberto. Not Duran.. He later came back. He did not quit against Benitez or Hagler. He took his whoopin' like a man against Hearns. No excuses. He sucked it up and came back to upset Iran Barkley. Duran was later battered from pillar to post by William Joppy in 1998. He could have quit but he didn't. Finally a compassionate referee intervened and stopped the fight in the 3rd round.

Another fighter, Diego Corrales, could have gave up against Jose Luis Castillo but he didn't. Nevertheless, he fought through the pain and ended up winning. What I am trying to say here is that courage is already woven into the fabric of every fighter. At times, though, the mind out rules the spirit. Sometimes for the best, sometimes not. One more example...Buster Douglas was considered a "dog" after he gave up against talented Tony Tucker. Yet this is the same Douglas who got up off the
canvas and whipped the "baddest man on the planet," Mike Tyson, who was in his prime at the time of the fight. Yet in his next fight, the "dog" was to have returned when he was humiliated by Evander Holyfield. Go figure !!!

Did Leavander Johnson have too much courage for his own good? Probably, and now his family and friends live with the horror of his passing. Still, we all admire his tenacity and his will to overcome all obstacles. His courage...

Article posted on 24.09.2005

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