SOMETIMES YOU WIN, SOMETIMES YOU LOSE AND SOMETIMES YOU DRAW, YOU ALWAYS LEARN!
Outcomes are not always what you want them to be, and to be undefeated, especially in fight sports other than boxing, is an unrealistic expectation. That is unless you take easy fights that you know you can win, and trust me, this happens and those who take that path will only come to the end of their journey unfulfilled and with too many unanswered questions. Sure this still happens in boxing but it does nothing positive for the sport. We all want to see the best fight the best, surely?
So far this year we have had some mixed results, back in February Brad lost on points to a very game opponent at the Road to the Muay Thai Grand Prix at the Troxy in London. His opponent was tall, rangy and very skilled. Brad fought over five rounds never retreating and never giving up. It was back and forth for a lot of the rounds but the range was a big factor and essentially what won the fight for Brad's opponent. Loads to learn from this and certainly a great showcase of talent on the night for all the Iceni team to learn from.
In April at the Gorleston Ocean Rooms we had three first time fighters; Marius, Charlie, and Alfie. First up was Alfie with a very, very close fight with both young lads showing heart and spirit. The first round was Alfie's opponent's round, with big punches being thrown from all angles and with huge ferocity. Alfie weathered the storm and dug deep to finish the round stronger than he started. The second round his opponent started strong but Alfie came back at him with some strong shots, the same could also be said of the final round. The fight ended in a draw but more importantly, both fighters would have learned a lot about themselves, also the crowd loved it!
Charlie was up next and whilst he did well in the first few exchanges, his opponent was throwing absolutely everything he had and was determined not to go home with anything less than a win. This was Charlie's first ever fight and his opponent's second fight, so that extra bit of experienced, combined with the home crowd support for his opponent and a few small mistakes on Charlie's part, unfortunately, this was not his night. Loads to learn from this and iI think if the fight was run through again, the outcome would be the opposite, and it won't take long before he puts that 'W' on his record.
Last up was the heavyweight, power puncher that is Marius. From the opening bell, Marius' opponent through a big kick that Marius checked but in doing so injured his leg. This was in his head throughout the fight and left Marius a little hesitant when moving forward. This didn't really make much difference though, almost every punch Marius hit his opponent with looked like it may end the fight, which in the end it did. It certainly wasn't the most elegant or technical of fights to watch but was definitely a crowd pleaser. Marius has only been training with us for a very short while so this was always going to be a bit of a warm-up fight, and with it being so difficult to match heavyweight beginners, it's great to get in there early and get the experience. Big win for Marius and plenty more where that came from!