I used to have this boss that will flip his telephone utterly off when he went to mattress at evening. I do know this as a result of concerning the time his head was hitting the pillow at evening mine was sometimes simply starting. Self-funded analysis on the boundaries of human alcohol consumption at one, or all, of Northeast Minneapolis’ most interesting dive bars, adopted by concocting no matter 3am excuse I would go away on the poor bastard’s voicemail to get out of labor the subsequent day was a nightly ritual. A continual case of Hulkamania one evening, crippling Beaver Fever the subsequent. All 34 of my grandmas died and had funerals within the first six months of me working there and I can’t even inform you what number of instances I used to be kidnapped by the Freemasons. Hell, survivor’s guilt over the area shuttle Challenger exploding was a assured 4 day weekend.
You see, the factor about excuses is that they are often as dumb as you need them to be if there’s nobody there to problem them. Drunkenly explaining to somebody’s voicemail that you just got here down with a depraved case of March Insanity is far simpler than doing it to their face. My boss finally picked on this reality as he not solely started leaving his telephone on at evening however truly answering too. Nothing sobers you up faster than the voice of the man who indicators your paychecks chipperly asking “What’s it gonna be this time?” at far previous the witching hour on a Tuesday. The nervousness turned an excessive amount of and I finally simply determined to ditch the justifications and begin coming in to work within the morning, albeit deathly hungover.
Generally simply shutting the fuck up and doing all of your job is the one method ahead.
This appears to be a lesson Vasyl Lomachenko has lastly realized after his devastating loss to Teofimo Lopez final November. Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KO) began sluggish towards the wunderkind Lopez and by the point somebody defined to him how skilled boxing matches had been scored, he’d already given away far too many rounds to make up the distinction. A youthful, stronger, higher fighter had crushed him cleanly and that ought to’ve been the story.
Lomachenko, however, fired off a barrage of excuses that even Trump’s authorized staff would’ve been like “hmmm, seems like a stretch, dude.” Every thing from accidents, to Lopez’s measurement to the judges being bribed fell on deaf ears as all of the goodwill Lomachenko had spent years amassing was pissed away with every whiny interview he did. By the point Lomachenko got here to phrases together with his determination to throw solely 321 god rattling punches within the largest battle of his life and begrudgingly conceded that perhaps his technique of doing completely fucking nothing for over half of the rounds was barely misguided, the harm was already carried out.
Phrases had failed. He could be pressured to study crucial lesson about excuses firsthand; cease making them. Shut the fuck up and do your job.
As Lomachenko climbed into the ring towards Masayoshi Nakatani on an ESPN+ televised card from The Virgin Resorts in Las Vegas this previous Saturday, picture rehabilitation wasn’t the one factor on his thoughts.
Apart from coming off an enormous knockout win over future convicted assassin Felix Verdejo this previous December, the lanky Nakatani (19-2, 13 KO) occurs to be the one frequent opponent each Lomachenko and Teo Lopez share. If Lomachenko might beat the robust Japanese fighter extra convincingly than did Lopez, it will act as not solely a slight ethical victory however as doable impetus for Lopez to grant him a shot at redemption within the type of a rematch.
From the opening bell Lomachenko got down to show that he’d absolutely realized his lesson about early spherical lethargy. As he peppered Nakatani with jabs from the surface he labored within the odd-angle flurries that had been his early-career signature. Nakatani was sport, as all the time, however had no reply for the extra, ahem, inventive facets of Lomachenko’s arsenal.
Shit went from dangerous to worse for Nakatani in spherical 5 when Lomachenko snuck a left hand round his guard and a fast one-two that despatched him to the canvas. Lomachenko continued to batter him alongside the ropes for the rest of the spherical and the top seemed to be wholly in sight.
It got here rapidly and decisively in spherical 9 as Lomachenko threw every part however the Ukranian equal of the kitchen sink — which I assume is only a hollowed out tree stump filled with moon rocks and werewolf dicks — at Nakatani which dropped him to the canvas. Referee Celestino Ruiz formally referred to as a halt to the motion at 1:48 of spherical 9.
With the emphatic knockout win, Lomachenko achieved his supposed aim of wanting higher towards Nakatani than did Lopez. Ethical victories are nice and all — simply ask the Brits — however Lomachenko gained’t actually cleanse his soul till he will get one other shot at Lopez himself.
One loss shouldn’t outline a fighter however the method one loses actually can. There’s no disgrace in shedding to a fighter of Lopez’s caliber. It’s occurred to many fighters and extra will endure the identical destiny sooner or later. However to aim to sully that effort and detract from Lopez’s glory with dumbshit excuses and QAnon-caliber conspiracies is in direct opposition with the spirit of the game.
A loss is simply actually a loss if nothing is realized from the expertise. Lomachenko seems to have realized that one can truly throw punches in the course of the first half of knowledgeable boxing match. That’s a plus and can serve him properly going ahead.
It stays to be seen whether or not he’s realized something concerning the impotence of self-serving excuse-making however hopefully his MAGA-like persecution complicated is absolutely within the rearview. Letting your fists do the speaking is all the time the most secure wager, particularly when your mouth can’t cease saying silly shit.
Ought to the rematch with Lopez materialize, Lomachenko could be smart to take the teachings realized from his trouncing of Nakatani and increase them to go well with a much more harmful opponent, one he is aware of far too properly.
No extra speaking. No extra excuses.
Shut the fuck up and do your job.
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