FIVE years ago, I
was losing a world middleweight title fight against Matt Korobov in Las Vegas but
thankfully managed to turn around both the fight and my life with one punch.
I think about the
fight often. I think about how it changed my life, how I was losing and how,
with one punch and a barrage of punches after it, everything changed for me. I
knew in the moment this was it. I knew I had to keep punching until the referee
stopped the fight.
It was almost like
it was destined to be following the tough years; the losses to Brian Vera and Julio
Cesar Chavez Jnr and the loss of Emanuel Steward. Around that time, I relocated
to London to train with Adam Booth and had to dig into my savings and spend
whatever money I had just to live. I had to buy the cheaper groceries. I had to
get a runaround car rather than a flashy one. I sacrificed.
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