One of the biggest events of the weekend was the Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury fight.  There were fight parties organized, and those who couldn’t make it to one watched the fight via social media (many people went Live during the fight).

Of course, the fight didn’t have the outcome most of us wanted, but there are a few things to take away from the fight:

  1. The right unexpected blow can take you down. Granted, boxers are trained to endure a deal of injury that most average individuals aren’t; but even with the right training, you can’t prepare for everything.  It’s like preparing for a road trip.  You pack, gas up, check the fluids in your vehicle, check your tires, etc.  You’ve done everything you were supposed to do, but you couldn’t avoid the nail in the road that puts your car out of commission until you change your tire.  The first blow to the back of Wilder’s head could have been enough to stop the fight, truth be told. As a matter of fact, blunt force to the back of the head can cause numerous injuries with symptoms that include lightheadedness, confusion, ringing in the ears, inability to focus, and more.  Such is the case with life.  Many of us have been hit with circumstances that knocked us off balance and we struggled to recover.  Sometimes, we didn’t know what to do or how to pull ourselves out. So, we did the best we could but still made decisions that seemed to put us in deeper in despair.
  2. One loss does not negate previous wins. Ok, so Wilder lost the fight. His record is still 42-1-1.  Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes there’s a draw. When there’s a loss that comes after so many wins, it’s easy to lose focus on the fact that those wins do exist… Present tense because they’re on record and cannot be changed. The fact that they do exist means that winning is possible, even after a loss. So, forward movement is imperative.
  3. Who you have in your corner is crucial! Many Wilder fans would have preferred that he continued to fight either until he redeemed himself and won or until he was knocked out. Seeing the blood ooze from his ear, anyone with knowledge of anatomy and physiology knows that 1- the inner ear is responsible for a great deal of one’s balance, and 2- bleeding from the ear indicates a serious issue and can indicate injury as severe as skull fracture or other trauma. As much as everybody wanted a win, Wilder’s health and physical condition was much more important. This was one fight that happened in one day.  We all want to see him live many more fully functionally. It was revealed that there was no such injury but a 2cm cut that required seven stitches to repair, but until an observation was made, there was no way to know; and it was decided to err on the side of caution.

Luckily, Wilder lives to fight another day.  He may very well choose not to, as his estimated net worth is $30 million, but he could if he wanted to.

Would that be the case if it were you? If you were in a seemingly hazardous place, would the people in your corner pull you out?  Or would they stand by and watch for you to turn around, even if it meant sustaining more injury in the process? Would those in your corner quietly let you spend your money frivolously when they know you have financial problems? Would those in your corner take you to gamble after your car has been repossessed for nonpayment? Would those in your corner be the enablers who feed the bedridden nothing but junk and fried foods?

If these are the people in your corner, you need to isolate yourself immediately until you’re able to move to a different corner because these people are only there to benefit from you, whether they’re hoping you “win” and pay them a portion or if they’re drawing a check from your dysfunction.  At no point should your demise be of more benefit to your corner than your health and livelihood.

Take a look at your corner.  If it’s not one where you can seek refuge, gain strength, and climb higher, changes are necessary.