It is time to end the myth of the “stroke of luck”


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Is there a stroke of luck? It is a debate that has always existed, but if we use common sense a bit, it is a very easy question to answer.

First, you have to understand what they call a “stroke of luck.” And I’ll explain: a boxer who is NOT the favorite in a match is losing the fight; Suddenly, a good hand comes out, and he sends his rival to sleep. People call that a “stroke of luck.” That is, an unexpected victory of the underdog, by way of the fulminant knockout.

But don’t you think you are being unfair to the winner if you take such an expression for granted? Well yes, because every time they say that “he won by a stroke of luck”, they are discredited for hundreds of hours in a gym practicing all kinds of strokes. Incidentally, they also discredit a possible strategy of the coach. Many of these boxers train from a very young age. In other words, they have perfected the art of hitting.

Each boxer who throws a blow, does so with the intention of connecting his rival. And when the blow they throw is of power, believe me, the intention is to hurt or knock out. That said, where does luck fit there?

As I said before, in popular perception if the knocker is the underdog, then they reduce it to just being luck. But what happens when the favorite loses and knocks out with one blow? Will they say it’s luck? The answer is no.

A very specific example is the combat between Guillermo Rigondeaux against the mexican Julio Ceja. The Aztec was even giving him to carry the Cuban, and that certain hand arrived that put Eyebrow to see the world from another perspective. On all cards, Rigondeaux I was losing But, as everyone expected Rigo won, no one said it was luck.

There is the case of Juan Manuel Marquez against Manny pacquiao. As in his previous matches, Pacquiao He was the favorite, but the improbable happened. Marquez disconnected Pacquiao with a beautiful backhand right that sent the Tagalog to sleep without sleep.

It is true that in that assault and the previous one, Marquez I was going through a bad time, and there are people who for that reason are more than sure that it was a stroke of luck. But apparently those people forgot that in the first fight, Marquez visited the tarp three times, to get up and give even under the tongue to Pacquiao. So much so that it achieved the tie. Apparently they also forgot their fights before Juan Diaz Y Michael Katsidis, where he was on the verge of knockout and the fight turned the tables and he ended up knocking out. The fact that Juan Manuel Marquez going through bad times was never a guarantee, necessarily, that he would lose the fight.

Who analyzed all the bouts of Marquez against Pacquiao, you may notice that Marquez he systematically used his right hand in counterattack. So much so, that there is the now so famous video on YouTube, recorded during the camp to face the fourth time Pacquiao, where do you see Marquez sending to the mat a sparring. And he does it with the same right hand in backlash, which is a registered trademark of the Mexican.

I have seen baseball players who when they hit a home run and you see them in slow motion replay, they make contact with the ball with their eyes closed. In other words, hitting a ball over 90 miles per hour is one of the hardest things in the world. And nobody says it was luck because he hit him with his eyes closed.

In short, the stroke of luck is more of an expression for an unexpected knockout. Whoever attributes that to luck and whoever believes that there is a stroke of luck, let them go to a gym. Let him see how those animals train.

*The author, DAMIÁN FERRER, is The Boxing Philosopher, and you can follow him on his Facebook page.


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