BAM on Boxing
The Test of a Fighter
On fight night boxing changes from a team sport to an individual sport. There is not much left for the team
to do, it is all up to the fighter at that point.
Saturday night, super bantamweight Teon Kennedy lost his first fight, along with his NABA and USBA
titles. Everyone watching was thinking the same thing--Kennedy (17-1-1, 7K0s) should have cut the ring off
better, he should have been quicker, he should have done a thousand things that he just did not do.
People began to make excuses for him, not noticing he did not make any excuses himself. He gave it his
best shot, and on that particular night it just was not good enough. Sometimes that happens; it is not worth
judging a fighter on one bad night, instead judge him on what he does next.
This was Kennedy’s first shot at a fighter who moved a lot, and the fans could tell. Regardless of how good
Alejandro Lopez (22-2, 7K0s) looked, Kennedy did not seem himself. It was as if he had that off night
that night fighters are not allowed to have. He knew what he needed to do, he just could not execute.
Kennedy could not catch up to Lopez.
Kennedy (pictured above) is no longer undefeated. Does that make him a different fighter? No. He gave it his
all, he has more heart than anyone could expect. His right eye looked swollen shut in about the fourth or
fifth round and by the end of the fight Kennedy appeared blind in both eyes. That did not stop him; he went
out there and fought his heart out.
There are more undefeated fighters now than ever. Is it because they are that good? Or have they been
carefully matched. Kennedy has bounced back time and time again, and there is no doubt this is
something else he will bounce back from.
The loss should only make people more interested in Kennedy, in his next move, his reaction, and where
he goes from here. The test of a fighter is to see what he does after a loss. Does he stick to what he is
comfortable with, or will he adapt.
Everyone cannot be Floyd Mayweather Jr (41-0, 25K0s). Not every fighter goes the distance and stays
undefeated, and there is nothing wrong with that. After Bernard Hopkins (52-5, 32K0s) lost in his pro debut
in 1988 he went on to have 22-fight undefeated streak until Roy Jones Jr. beat him in 1993.
Hopkins lost to Jones Jr. in his first shot for the IBF middleweight title. That one loss obviously did not stop
Hopkins from accomplishing his goals. The next time he fought for the IBF title he faced Segundo Mercado
of Equador. Hopkins was dealt a draw that night, but he did not let that stand in his path. Hopkins won the
IBF middleweight title in 1995 in the rematch with Mercado.
Hopkins defended his IBF middleweight title and added the WBC and WBA titles. Currently, Hopkins holds
the WBC light-heavyweight title.
Kennedy may no longer have his perfect record, but he has learned a lot about himself. One loss should not
keep him from accomplishing his goals, Kennedy is the type of fighter who will adapt and get stronger
because of this experience.
- Press Release from Peltz Boxing
- Photos courtesy of Peltz Boxing
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