Sometimes in boxing, the fighter’s toughness is not measured on how well he takes the hardest punch. Fighting with adversity without flinching measures a fighter’s core and mental toughness.
Willingness to go on fighting while was injuring pain; fighting with one eye, fighting with one hand or fighting with one leg, requires mental toughness.
On Saturday night on the undercard of Pacquiao-Algieri, Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 2 KO’s) injured his left hand.
He faced Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-2, 33 KO) for the WBO featherweight title. He fought exclusively with his right hand from Round 6, all the way to the championship round.
Somewhere around the sixth round, I hit him with a hard punch … his legs started wobbling, and then I threw more punches and I felt I hit him on a hard part of his body,” Lomachenko said through an interpreter. “I threw a few more, but decided, ‘I can’t throw no more.’ ”
The two-time Olympic gold medalist from the Ukraine left hand suspected broken. But thanks that after an x-ray taken it showed that it was not broken. The x-ray showed swelling.
Whether broken or swelling one thing for sure it is painful.
But Lomachenko did not quit. He fought bravely with one hand for six rounds and won the fight via unanimous decision by scores of 120-107 across the board.
But not all fighters had the toughness to continue fighting with adversities.
Argentinean Javier Nicolas Chacon quit 30 seconds into the tenth round claiming that he had dislocated his shoulder earlier in the fight.
Although the degree of pain between swelling hand and dislocated shoulder might be different. But one thing is certain as I mentioned above; both injuries were painful.
Chacon at the time he quit still in the position to win on points granted that he continue and finish the remaining two rounds.
But Chacon quit and lose while Lomachenko continued and won.