Ex-champion in two weight categories, American Zab Judah, recalling his first defeat at the hands of Australian Kostya Tszyu in 2001, admitted that, despite his status as a full-fledged world champion, he did not know how to behave in losing situations.
“Boxers are taught to hit jabs and uppercuts, they are taught to win, but no one teaches how to lose. You need to understand that in my amateur career there were 115 fights, and I lost only five. In a fight with Kostya Tszyu, I lost for the first time as a professional.
Later it was explained to me that I had to kneel down. He caught me with a cool blow, I fell down and immediately tried to get up, and I realized that the round was over. I should have gone back to my corner and took a one minute break, and I guarantee you it would be a different fight, “Judah said.