Hindsight is an exact science

Most of us find ourselves in the position we are in because of decisions taken a long, long time ago. Decisions taken in the past are proved to be the correct or wrong decision only by hindsight.

One should not therefore have regrets about any decisions taken in the past, especially when taking current circumstances into account.

Hindsight is an exact science! In my final year at school, I joined the boxing club, not because I had any desire to become involved in beating anyone into a pulp, but simply to get extra fit for rugby. Unfortunately, by joining the club, the teacher in charge of boxing convinced me to participate in a boxing tournament involving schools from the Eastern Cape Province, including Queens College.

I was not happy about this and, to be honest, I was terrified of what lay ahead. For the tournament, I was drawn to face a boxer from Queen’s College. He looked most professional in his satin boxing trunks and vest in his school’s colours, and wearing proper boxing lace-up boots! I, in contrast, wore my only pair of black rugby shorts, white vest and tackies.

The first round ended with me getting, not a black eye, but a black ear from a roundhouse punch that landed at the end of the first round. The black ear remained so for about a week after the fight, with my school friends often teasing me about it.

As I sat on my stool between the rounds, my coach kept shouting at me to “box, don’t fight and use your left”. He needed to shout because I couldn’t hear properly because of that punch on my ear! As the bell signalled the start of the second round, the College boy came out ready to finish me off.

Fortunately for me, he had thrown caution to the wind and came at me like an express train.

I remember hearing my coach shouting, “Use your left” which I did rather clumsily and the college boy’s face made good contact with my fist.

He was rather dazed by the blow and, for a moment, I just looked at him wondering what to do next.

The crowd egged me on and I managed to get him onto the ropes where he was unable to defend himself. The referee stopped the fight and declared me the winner by a technical knockout.

In all honesty, I was more relieved than my opponent at the early stoppage of the fight.

Even in the heat of the moment I hated what I was doing, hitting someone who was clearly not able to defend himself.

Never have I been less proud of something that I have done. The reason why I mention this is that the recent, much publicised, fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and the Irishman, Conor McGregor, also ended in a technical knockout in favour of Mayweather.

It has been reported that Mayweather is to receive about $350 million (R4.5 billion) for this fight. The cheapest seats at the fight cost R6 500 with the best seats going for R13 000.

Wimbledon is another example, in my opinion, of the exorbitant cost of watching sport. The cheapest ticket to Court No. 1 (not the Centre Court) on the first day of the tournament will cost in excess of R15 000! The cost of watching a men’s semi-final on Centre Court will cost R52 000. The Ladies’ Final is a much more realistic proposition and this will only cost R16 800.

For those who prefer to watch the men’s single final, you had better be prepared to spend R65 600! The 2017 winners each pocketed £2.2 million (R35 million) The cost of bringing international sport into our homes is an extremely costly exercise.

On Sunday,  September 10, Giant Cycles from Amanzimtoti will be having a Demo Day at the Amanzimtoti sports grounds.

The rugby field will be set up so that cyclists can test out the various bikes around the ‘Toti MTB track.

Also on show will be the 2018 Giant Anthems, 2018 Giant E-bikes and Ladies LIV MTB bikes just to mention a few. Various bike related companies will set up stalls to display their product such as HOLDFAST bike racks, PVM nutrition, new UVEX sports glasses etc.

The Demo Day will run from 8h30 until 12h30.

Henry Parsons

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