Kyle Maynard fulfilled his dream last night, and while he lost on judge’s scorecards, he proved he was capable of doing something critics everywhere said he couldn’t.
From all accounts, Maynard was very successful at defending himself, however, with an opponent who was uninterested in going to ground with him, his offensive efforts weren’t quite as effective.
It doesn’t sound like the loss is going to slow him down though. Maynard’s been bitten by the bug, and at least right now, this appears to only be the beginning.
“I think it’s a tough gameplan to prepare for. I felt like I gave 100 percent. He didn’t want to go to the ground, and I wasn’t going to win a boxing match with him…When I walked in the cage, and when [Fry] was first able to initiate contact, I realized this was the most serious thing I’d ever gotten myself into, and I loved it. I think my ear is still buzzing from that first shot…I wanted to win so bad, but it was still one of the best moments of my life. A lot of people didn’t think I would last 30 seconds. If you want something bad enough, you’ve got to step in there and do it. I love the sport so much. It would have been so tough to love something so much and never get the chance to taste it…I want to go in [before the commission] with as much proof as I can. I still have the opportunity to go do that. I don’t know if I’ve built my case yet. I don’t know what I have to do to fight in a commissioned state…I didn’t win tonight. I have to get back on the horse and perfect things. This has given me a taste. I want to get back in there and do it again. I’m only 23 years old. I’ve got a lot of time left athletically.”
What happens next is anyone’s guess, but you have to give him credit. He had the courage to do something most people with two arms and two legs wouldn’t dare try, and he only wants more. He may have lost, but in my book, that definitely counts for something.