Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Chris, these hard men wouldn't blub

American heavyweight boxer Chris Arreola is 6'4" of densely packed muscle. This week before the toughest of the world's tough guys - Arnie, Sylvester - he fought like a tiger for the heavyweight championship of the world.

Pummelled - literally - into second place he acted as befits any modern day contender for glory.

He bawled.

The big man bawled like a boot camp reject on the X Factor.

OK, so his face was a mess.

And after the "emotional roller coaster," "incredible journey", blah blah blah of the competition, most of us might also have found ourselves gulping a bit too.

But the boxer's unashamed bawling also poses the question ... Is there no competitor - whether in talent show or sport - who can control him or herself anymore? You sort of expect howling distress from reality television contestants.

On the X Factor it's all but compulsory. Even the boy who lost his voice in auditions managed to squeak out some tear-stained dismay this week.

But a boxer?

A heavyweight boxer?

Watch this one, Rocky Balbao

... And weep.

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