When a close fight enters the late rounds and both fighters have almost nothing left, announcers will usually say something like “Now we will see who really put in the work". This means it will be revealed who trained the hardest for the fight. The same is true for life. The time will come when you are in the metaphorical late rounds of life.
In “conventional” thinking the concept of respect is pretty straight forward. To be respected you must first respect. In boxing, the ideology behind respect could not be more different. In boxing, respect refers to landing a hard enough blow that your opponent must “respect” the consequence of trying to engage to assault you. Trainers and fans alike can be heard ringside encouraging fighters to get their “respect”. Nonetheless respect is crucial. Having it and not having it is a big deal.
Every successful fighter has a good corner. There are no exceptions to this rule. The concept of having a great corner in life is just as necessary. We all need a person or persons who will encourage us, criticize us, and hold us accountable. If we want to grow, that is.
If a fighter is perceived by his corner as taking too much damage the corner will end the fight by throwing in the towel. In life, sometimes we must realize the time has come that we must cut our losses and regroup for the next opportunity. We all have thrown in the towel before. No shame at all in doing so. In fact throwing in the towel could be the most important decision in your life.
In a fight, if a punch is landed below the belt line it is deemed as an illegal “low blow”. The interesting point about low blows is that they can only be determined as low blows by the officiating referee. In almost every case, the offender strongly protests it. Similarly in life when some people land low blows in the form of comments, behaviours, or a combination of the two, in most cases they initially deny landing the low blow