It’s not often a fighter will ask to be pulled out of a fight, and when they do, their trainer is left with a decision to make.
Sometimes there is a strokes of genius where a fighter can not only survive in the ring, but also pull of an imaginable victory.
A fine example of this came in 2000, when Danny Williams dislocated his right shoulder in round six of a Commonwealth and British heavyweight title fight against Mark Potter.
Fighting one armed, only capable of throwing his left-hand, Williams turned the fight around as he dropped Potter with an uppercut, and subsequently floored his man on two more occasions on route to a victory.
However, this kind of risk doesn’t always pay off, as the dangers of a boxer fighting on with one arm can be devastating.
Martin Bakole was fighting former 2012 Olympian Michael Hunter in a heavyweight clash that main-evented in York Hall on Saturday, October 13.
As the undefeated Bakole was falling behind on the scorecards, the Congolese heavyweight suffered a shoulder injury in the eighth round.
Billy Nelson tells Martin Bakole he must continue fighting
At the end of round eight, Bakole’s trainer, Billy Nelson was heard in the corner telling his boxer he must continue and couldn’t pull out.
Go to 35:00 to watch the incident.
“Carry on,” Nelson told Bakole.
Bakole responded by saying, “No,”
Nelson replied: “No, two rounds to go, you must continue.”
The Scottish trainer continued his plea as he urged Bakole to use his uninjured left-hand to jab at his opponent Hunter in order to win the remaining rounds.
At the end of round round nine, just before the 10th and final session, Nelson told Bakole he must throw his injured right-hand, and cited they could ‘repair’ the shoulder after the fight.
“We can repair it, we can repair it, after the fight, okay?” Nelson told Bakole. “You must let it go.”
Despite Nelson’s best efforts to inspire his injured fighter he was stopped in the 10th and final round by the American Hunter, who handed Bakole his first professional defeat.