As a fighter, a loss is a defining moment in your career. How each fighter reacts to such a devastating blow can mean the difference between success and failure. Chad Dawson shares his mindset following his first loss, as well as the changes he made to be prepared for his title bout against Andre Ward on Saturday night:
As a fighter, you always strive to be the best. So when I suffered my first loss, to Jean Pascal, it was a very disappointing moment in my life and by far the worst memory of my boxing career.
When I saw Pascal's hand raised after the fight, the feeling in my mind, body and soul was demoralizing. I knew I had to get back in the gym and prove to the world that I had an off night, and work my way to get back on top.
I learned a lot about myself and the people around me after that loss. I realized that I had a group surrounding me that was in my circle for all the wrong reasons, not looking out for my best interests, which affected my mindset for the worse. Those da...