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Why Rit­son can grow stronger after his rst taste of de­feat

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Derry Mathews says how to come back

IT’S hard, it is very hard to lose at home. But at the same time it’s a learn­ing point in your ca­reer. You al­ways learn to find out who your real friends are. The peo­ple who brought tick­ets, I class them as friends, and it’s about see­ing who’s has that loy­alty to you. But, at the same time, it’s a dev­as­tat­ing po­si­tion to be in be­cause you want to win. I can’t speak on be­half of any­one else but I’m one of them lads who gets on with it. If I got beat I got on with it.

At the end of the day I’ve got kids and I’ve got a fam­ily and they’re healthy, so I count my­self a lucky man. But you get other fight­ers who go into a shell after they lose, they go into hid­ing as I call it. But what’s there to be ashamed of? You’ve been beaten by a bet­ter man, you’ve boxed in front of thou­sands in your home city. Get on with it. But then, no one likes los­ing.

My first loss was hor­ri­ble. It was a hor­ri­ble, hor­ri­ble de­feat. I got beat by Choi Tseveen­purev. I got knocked out. But at the same time, I did the same thing I did after ev­ery fight- I got a Chi­nese with my mates and had a few beers with them. I didn’t hide away.

I also went and spent some time with my fam­ily and that’s what I’ve al­ways done. My plan after I boxed was al­ways mak­ing sure I had a pint in my hand the next day. I thanked the peo­ple that bought tick­ets to watch me fight. For me, be­ing a Liver­pool man and be­ing a Scouser, like be­ing a Ge­ordie, win­ning in front of the New­cas­tle fans, there would be no bet­ter feel­ing and any fighter that tells you there is, is ly­ing. Ev­ery­one go­ing mad for you, ev­ery­one singing and call­ing your name, that’s what you want.

You want your fam­ily and your kids to be proud of you, and I’m sure Lewis Rit­son will get his day where he has them big nights. He’s a spe­cial, spe­cial fighter for me. If I was Rit­son I would go back home, have a month off, and then want to fight again right away. He needs to go back and have a think. I’m not say­ing any­thing went wrong in camp, but if it did, then you ad­dress it, any­thing, even your sleep­ing pat­tern.

But if any­thing hasn’t gone wrong, and you’ve just been beaten by a bet­ter man than you need to go back to the same plan and that’s to win belts. I was one of those fight­ers who has come from noth­ing, apart from be­ing in the best am­a­teur club in the world which is the Solly [Sal­is­bury ABC]. Ev­ery fighter in there was as good as each other, but even if I boxed on a club show grow­ing up, I would al­ways have a lot of peo­ple come and watch me. I’ve come from good stock, and I was used to that at­ten­tion.

It’s a hard one for Lewis, be­cause only he’ll know the pres­sure he was feel­ing. You never know, he might need a sports psy­chol­o­gist where they get the pos­i­tives. There are a lot of fight­ers who say they don’t have them, but they do, and you can go and see some­one and they get the con­fi­dence out of you so you can feel good fight­ing at home or away.

It’s okay be­ing a spec­ta­tor and be­ing one of these key­board war­riors slat­ing him, but once you’re ac­tu­ally in there it’s a dif­fer­ent story. You can’t judge him from one de­feat. Look how many fight­ers have been beat and come back a bet­ter fighter. I know my de­feats taught me a lot. to know who my friends are and who to have around train­ing camps, that’s what my de­feats taught me. You just have to get on with it.

I had to go and ad­dress things, I got beat, but I came back a bet­ter man. A de­feat doesn’t make you a worse per­son, it makes you stronger and I think Lewis will come back a stronger man.

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Photo: AC­TION IM­AGES/CRAIG BROUGH

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