“You’ve got him right where you want him.”
– Dr. Ken Boa @kennethboa
NATIONAL DUDLEY ON LIFE BEFORE THE KNOCKOUT
In 1980, ABC cleared their primetime slate for a special event—boxing.
A heavyweight title fight is typically the main event, but this night it was not. This fight was called before the bell was rung. Big John Tate was bigger, heavier, stronger, had 3 inches more reach and had better mechanics than his opponent, Mike Weaver.
Round one and Big John came out like he was going to work. Mike led with is face. The 2nd, the 3rd, the 6th and all the way to the 11th round, no one could understand how Mike Weaver was still standing. Mike’s trainer yelled, “Mike! What are you doing? You’ve got to get into this fight! This is a title fight, Mike! Your entire life came to this point!”
The 12th and 13th rounds saw Mike connect some blows on Big John Tate, but Mike never pressed his advantage. Tate won round after round after round against a fighter who had never made it to the 15th round in his career.
Ding. Big John Tate moves toward Mike and commences to working on him again. Blow after blow. Tate knew that all he must do was remain standing for three more minutes to retain his title.
With less than one minute to go, Mike Weaver knocks Big John Tate out. Fight’s over and we have a new champion.
Ken Boa first told me this story and asked, “What if Weaver’s trainer had known how the fight was going to end? How would their conversation have been different? He’d have said, ‘Great work, Mike. You’ve got him right where you want him.’ How would Mike’s experience of that fight been different?”
My faith tells me that there’s a 15th round knockout coming. And through that, my conversation with my trainer and my experience in the ring is different than Mike’s.
As you close out this book, I want to encourage you that the story you’ve written in it is headed toward a 15th round knockout. There is something so amazing on the other side of this day that the only thing you have to fear is fighting through it like Mike did or listening to Mike’s trainer. All the while, not knowing that in the 15th round, with one minute left, everything will change.
How would knowing that there’s a 15th round knockout coming change your experience?
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