Darren Till kommer under helgens gala i London att möta Jorge Masvidal.
Men den tidigare förlusten mot den nu forne welterviktsmästaren Tyron Woodley är någonting som han fortfarande stör sig på.
I don’t think I’ll ever move past it. I’m not ashamed to say it still hurts every day if it comes to mind. I’ve watched the fight many times, and it’s just something inside of me. Even if I get the rematch with Woodley and beat him, the first fight will still be a thorn inside of me.
I’ve always said that openly, you can’t really go through this life – a normal life or the fighting life – with it all being highs. The lows do come, and I always said that a loss would come. A loss may come again. A loss may happen Saturday. I’m not scared to talk about it because it’s all reality. I am a realist.
Förlusten mot Woodley blev den första i hans karriär.
Med Kamaru Usmans seger mot Woodley, känner Till att han hellre skulle vilja ha en returmatch istället för en direkt titelmatch.
To get past it, it’s not about getting better, it’s about learning from little, tiny mistakes. It’s all like little mistakes that you think you did wrong and you work on them and you try and grow from them. I know there’s a famous saying a lot of people say, ‘Win or learn,’ but to me, it’s just you win or you lose. I lost, and I just try to change a few little mistakes that I felt I made, but ultimately, as I’ll always say, on that night, the guy that fought me was better.
I just want to avenge that one loss and prove that I’m better than him.
Helgens möte mot Masvidal blir ingen lätt match, men Till är fortfarande säker på att han kommer att avsluta det via knockout redan i första ronden.
If it happens, a lot of people will sit back and go, ‘He did what he said,’ but I also know the guy I’m facing, and I know it could turn into a five-round absolute war – blood, sweat and tears – and either one gets me excited. You can’t just have it in your mind. You’ve got to speak openly about what you want to do. I always speak openly about what I want to achieve and what I want to do, and I want to achieve a first-round knockout of Masvidal.
Vill ni se en returmatch mellan Till och Woodley? Kommer Till att kunna segra via knockout mot Masvidal?