Boxer goes to his opponent and gives him a pep talk about how to move on from a heartbreaking defeat.
Being an athlete is not everyone's cup of tea. It requires intense commitment and emotional fortitude to face all the ups and downs that come with the journey. No one can understand all the emotions that come with being an athlete until and unless they walk in those shoes. Therefore, there is a sense of camaraderie between athletes every time they take to the stage together. This brotherhood was in full display between Oleksandr Usyk and Daniel Dubois during their fight last year. After Dubois devastatingly lost the fight, his opponent, Usyk himself, came to console him for his loss.
As reported by the Guardian, Oleksandr Usyk managed to retain his IBF (International Boxing Federation), WBA (World Boxing Association) and WBO (World Boxing Organization) heavyweight titles after defeating Daniel Dubois in the 9th round following a dramatic turn of events. Usyk, with his superior skill, was in the dominant position the majority of the time, but stakes began to shift away from him when Dubois managed to strike a blow to him in the 5th round. Just when people thought that the fight would lead to a major upset, the referee stepped in and categorized the attack as a low blow, giving Usyk enough time to step up and get back in the fight. The referee's decision allowed Ukys to get four minutes to collect himself and recuperate after the fight.
Despite not being satisfied by the ruling, Dubois did not give up and ended up having the best spell of the night. Unfortunately, Usyk managed to drop him twice and clinch the victory. Since the beginning, everyone bet against him in the fight and he wanted to put his all in to prove people wrong. In his interview with ESPN, his determination was clear as he said, "I'm going to shock the world and show people how good Daniel Dubois really is." The loss was extremely hard for Dubois to digest, especially after putting his all in the fight. This was evident in his emotional reaction to the loss. Seeing him like this, Usyk himself went to have a heart-to-heart conversation. As Dubois was struggling with the loss, Uzyk came and said, "It's not bad. It's boxing." He wanted to emphasize that the sport is difficult to endure and Dubois should be proud of how he took everything on his chin and performed.
Usyk went on to add, "You can dream." He wanted to make Dubois understand that even though he had been dealt with a loss in this match, the beauty of the sport was such that he could bounce back and get another victory. The victor then touched upon the reason for his opponent's heartbreak- the fateful decision. He said, "Man it's boxing. It's a tough sport." The Ukrainian boxer implied that the sport is not only difficult in the ring but also outside. The training and decisions are all hurdles they have to go through in order to reach their glory.
Throughout the conversation Usyk kept an enthusiastic and understanding tone. Not even once did he try to assert his win over Dubois or prove the decision to be justified. As an athlete and fighter, he knew that what Dubois needed was reassurance that it would get better, that unlike this time, other fights would reward his drive with a win. As the more experienced one Dubois needed reassurance from Usyk that this sport is hard but worth striving for and he got exactly that. The camaraderie was inspiring and emotional to witness for everyone.