In my opinion the middle, in any situation, is the learning curve; the part you can’t afford to miss out be it good or bad.
This is where you will learn to deal with hardships and turn them around; where you can start to understand the right things to do and recognise potentially bad ideas.
Almost every young fighter aspires to become a champion, this is the driving force that can keep someone chipping away until they reach what they believe to be their destiny.
Just remember nothing worth having comes easy. There are many lessons to be learned before you can call yourself a champion.
Every bout you have will have a new and valuable learning experience. This could be as simple as understanding how to finish someone off once you’ve hurt them to knowing how to survive when it is in fact you that’s been hurt.
Going too far too soon can have such a negative effect on a career that it could potentially end it before it’s begun.
Once someone becomes a champion they will be expected to fight opponents at championship level and if they haven’t gone through the right channels to get to where they are they could be at a big disadvantage. Their opponent will have gained the experience required to cope with anything they can throw at them and the skill level of both fighters will become evident.
Another potential negative is that if someone goes too far too soon and struggles in their new division it will be difficult for them to go back and acquire the vital learning experiences that they missed out on by not going through the ranks.
Gaining experience is vital in all areas of your life not just in the ring, this is what will make you grow as a person and be able to pass on what you’ve learned to others constructively.
So if you have beaten someone who then jumps the queue and competes for a title not long after your bout I wouldn’t worry too much; their glory will be short lived. Your time will come and as long as you are being guided down the right path it will be yours for some time.
There is a big difference between holding a title and becoming a champion. Those who have earned their way to championship level will tell you the road to success is not easy. Enjoy the journey and reap the benefits.
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” Booker T. Washington.