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Boxers, by necessity, believe they are going to win every fight they are in. Or at least they have to believe it, and show they believe it. Joe Calzaghe said after his retirement that acting is like boxing because even if you don’t think you’ll win a fight, you convince yourself you shall in order to appear level with your opponent, the fans and stand less chance of losing. Here my point comes to fruition and shifts emphasis slightly from the professional boxers to us as fans.

I always want a fighter I support or like to win, and 99% of the time I am convinced they will. This is despite constant contradictory evidence. I feel I have reached a nadir where reality has kicked in, but I’m still not sure, and so my primary question of many is: do we fans buy into the bravado, salesmanship and the hype, ignoring facts in order to enjoy a fight, even when we know “our guy” will most likely take a beating?

When Ricky Hatton fought Floyd Mayweather I was pretty certain he’d win. Many of the British public were. My friend who is a big boxing fan, had been abroad in South America for a few years and came home just after the fight. He said that opinion was our deluded little island’s one as far as the rest of the world were concerned. World title shots for Haye, Ricky (again) and Matthew Hatton, Macklin, Munroe, Booth, Rhodes and even though it was interim Kevin Mitchell and had me going to different extents before the fights. So many more on so many other belts, too. I’m able to convince myself they’re going to win.

Is it the boxers who convince me? I knew Hatton would lose to Pacquiao when he walked out. Don’t get me wrong; I’d heard about the bad training camp, the bust ups, but his face as he entered the ring was one of a man under a sentence. A sentence as it turned out of unconsciousness and then of retirement, sadly. But I still bet on him to win before the fight.

SKY sell us fights. They’ll call it bringing us fights, but they’re selling them to us. Not to knock them, it is their raison d’ĂȘtre, and they’ve done it well. Boxers also profit from the television sales and similarly from any benefits winning a big fight would bring, no matter how long a shot it is. It wouldn’t make good entertainment if everything was drowned in reality and sombre outlooks. However we have to be aware that in a game of one on one no side will say anything other than “I will win”.

And so to Darren Barker, who fought number 6 on the pound for pound list (boxrec.com) Sergio Martinez on Saturday 1st October. I really like Barker, I really wanted him to win, but was I kidding myself thinking he would? Not to knock him as a fighter, I simply think with his injuries and relative inexperience it was too soon for him to pull it off. Should I suspend these thoughts and just go with it? Am I being simply sane or a misery?

Written by Adam Thorn (@TheLadHimself on Twitter)