Boxing has to be one of the toughest sports of them all, surely. The highs for reaching the top can be dizzying but the lows of defeat are as crushing as they come in any sport.
It’s hard to get your head around the dedication it takes to become a successful professional fighter.
The sacrifice, the months and months of locking yourself away in a Spartan like existence like some do.
The weight making, always been hungry coming up to fights and ultimately, to step into a ring in front of the general public and risk it all on the line.
Perhaps that’s why boxers are among the most respected of all sportsmen.
What they risk is considerable.
Last night Isaac Chamberlain took this risk against Lawrence Okolie which ultimately didn’t pay off for the former, but he can still hold his head held high knowing that he went in there with a fellow undefeated prospect early on in his career.
Not many do.
After the fight this heart warming courage of former world champions Tony Bellew and Johnny Nelson show them giving words of wisdom to the young cruiserweight backstage:
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) February 3, 2018
Fair play. No doubt we’ll see Chamberlain back in the ring soon doing what he does best.