Feature | Highlight 1 | Issue | Premium | Jul 17 2019

How to cope with devastating defeat

Charlie Edwards, Amir Khan and Rocky Fielding have all been the victims of a crushing defeat. John Dennen hears how they dealt with it
Charlie Edwards
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HIS phone had gone silent. He knew that after his bout with Canelo Alvarez, the media attention, the calls, the interest would all fade. But Rocky Fielding had not expected it to die off so abruptly and so completely. The weeks after the contest blended into months and, as far as the wider boxing world was concerned, it was finished with him.

“My phone didn’t stop going off before the fight, once you’re on that losing side that’s it then,” Fielding told Boxing News.

Before boxing Canelo, he’d had DAZN, ESPN, Mexican TV following him, charting his progress. “Because it was that high profile a fight and everything, it was all new to me,” he said. “It’s all new things like that.


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