I just read a story about professional boxer Anthony Crolla. How he got into a fight outside of the ring and it ended badly. All the details aren’t out just yet, so take everything with a grain of salt until more details are released.
What seems to have happened is this:
- Anthony Crolla noticed burglars climbing over the neighbor’s fence into his yard.
- He chased them and managed to get a hold of one of them.
- The other one grabbed a brick (or slab of concrete) and hit him over the head with it.
- Crolla suffered a broken ankle and fractured skull and was taken to a hospital.
That’s pretty much all we know so far.
I’d like to make two specific points here. Neither one is related to Crolla as an individual. Before I do, take a look at this highlight and keep in mind that Crolla was scheduled for a world-title fight next month.
You can argue many things, but you can’t argue that Crolla is a poorly skilled boxer. He’s a professional, young and in awesome shape, especially given his upcoming title bout. Yet all that wasn’t enough to avoid getting his head bashed in and as a result, he might never fight again. At the very least, that title bout is gone and he’s in for a long recovery.
The first point I want to make is this:
If a professional, world class-level boxer can’t make boxing work in such a situation, why would you think you can pull it off?
You can again argue many things against this statement, that he is a lightweight and maybe the burglars were heavier. That it’s two against one, or some other issue you might want to bring up. If you do, you precisely make my second point: [Read more…]