Prelude: When I began writing this article I thought I knew what story to tell, then after doing some research it began to take a very dark and depressing tone. Define crazy. Mental illness or “man that guy is CRAZY”? With respect to those who turned out to have mental illness and took their own lives, I decided to go with the latter.
It’s true, boxing is an unnatural act and it takes a special type of individual to engage in such a sport. Eddie Dupris says it best “All fighters are pig-headed some way or another: some part of them always thinks they know better than you about something. Truth is: even if they're wrong, even if that one thing is going to be the ruin of them, if you can beat that last bad out of them... they ain't fighters at all.”
Dupris is just a character portrayed by Clint Eastwood from the 2005 Oscar winning Best Picture, Million Dollar Baby. The character, although fictitious in substance, exudes truth in his statement.
The intangible nature of a fighter is what pulls them through the championship rounds, or make them able to pull out a TKO after being down twice in the 10th round (Corrales vs. Castillo I).
Some call it heart, other say “that fighter loves to mix it up”.
It’s that element that makes some fighters champion but completely obliterates another. Let’s examine that:
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