My apologies for taking so long to get this post up,I was waiting to get my hands on a better clip of the fight. The footage comes from one of Kevin’s friends. He’s going to be doing a small project around Kevin, I’ll keep you guys posted.
We’ve had some pretty good feedback with the “In the ring posts” it’s so nice to have someone of Kevin’s caliber who’s able to clearly articulate and pass on his experiences to us. So continuing on the education theme, I’d like you guys to use this post to field any questions that you might have around the fight. Some of the standout questions will be used for future “In The Ring” posts.
It was an impressive performance by Kevin, I felt he controlled the fight from 2nd round on… I’m just not sure what’s going on at Malaipet’s camp. His conditioning has been a serious issue within the last 2 years. It’s widely know that he doesn’t really train that hard when fighting American opponents… ok I sort of get it. He’s at the point in his career where he’s already reached the top of his game, and now his career is winding down. He can take fights here and there and most of the time he doesn’t need to train. I get it… but this has got to sting.
I find it hard to believe that someone in Malaipet’s level could be okay with losing because lack of conditioning or training. Perhaps he’s surrounded by people who won’t give it to him straight. My ex-trainer Neungsiam, would throw himself into his training and allow Mark to crush him in the name of pride. I used to have long discussions with him about his training and his upcoming fights. The conversation would ultimately always circle back to face. His primary motivation was to not lose face… he knows he’s past his prime and that’s why he’s got to put in the time.
Props to Kevin for his a great fight. He’ll be fighting again in a couple of months, looking forward to it. Any of you guys make it to this? Would love to hear about the evening and your thoughts.