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With both fighters battered and bruised, the announcer entered the ring. By unanimous decision, Ishe Smith was declared the winner over Ahmed Kaddour. Finally, after weeks of antagonism, speculation, and trash talk, everyone knew who the tougher boxer was. “It was a defining moment. It feels great that I was the man who sent him home,” Ishe said. Now, Ishe had bragging rights. A jubilant Team West celebrated for the third time in a row, while a sullen Team East contemplated the shaky future of their team.

Back in the locker room, Ahmed inspected his baby face, and chomped at the bit for another chance against Ishe. “I know I can fight better,” he said. “There’s going to be a rematch between me and him, and I promise that next time I will beat him.” After hanging his gloves alongside the gloves of his fallen teammates, Ahmed left the Contender Gymnasium– forever.

Final Analysis by legendary trainer Tommy Gallagher:

There’s a way to train fighters for a situation like this Contender tournament. And there’s a way the corner can help focus the fighters. As a trainer you’ve got to understand who your fighter is and who the guy he’s fighting is in terms of style. You have to watch to see who gets hurt, and how you can capitalize on that. The trainer has to make subtle adjustments, just like the boxer. Between rounds, it’s a team effort; when the bell rings, it’s one guy alone trying to do his best.

I know I’ve said this a few times, but it bears repeating. Losing is bull in this business. Trust me when I tell you that the most important part, is that you can come back. Losing doesn’t mean that you’re finished for the rest of your life. The greatest fighters in the world if you look at their records, lost 8 or 10 or even 15 fights.

The important thing is that this business is about being aggressive and punching. The more you punch and the more you want it, the harder it is for you to lose. And when it’s harder for you to lose, you usually win.

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