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The Learning Curve: Gelasius Taaru Reviews His Fight

by Gelasius Taaru

Although I hadn’t seen too much of him we knew my opponent, Reynaldo Cajina, 14-43-5 (10), was tough and durable, so we had a game plan ready for him. The plan was to keep him on the jab, stay sharp, keep moving the head, and keep the straight right going over to catch him. I noticed straight away in the first round that he had his hands very low, and that he was strong, I felt his power. So I knew I had to be very, very careful because he throws these wild shots, and I didn’t want to walk onto one. So straight away I was wary not to walk onto a silly shot.

Being a floater really didn’t help at all, I’m not trying to make excuses but it’s the truth. I really wanted to put on a good show on Saturday, I was so excited to  perform on TV and in front of Barry McGuigan. I was a floating fight, and man, it’s horrible. It's where you're not given an exact time you're going on, so the TV show goes smoothly, they put you in when there's a gap.

I warmed up and got my gloves on three times, mentally it’s very stressful, it messed up my momentum. I know it’s a part of being a young boxer and it’s a learning curve but I did feel it affected my performance. Hopefully I never have to do it again!

If everything had gone well behind the scenes, I’d known when I was boxing and I was settled, I probably would have stopped Cajina. I blame myself really, that was the worst night I’ve had in boxing but look it’s good to go through that now. I can’t really complain because I still got the win, and I got some rounds in me, I needed to get them under my belt, as much as I like a knockout.

Maybe one round I lost; I felt like I lost the third round. There wasn’t enough variety in my shots, I didn’t mix it up enough, I wasn’t listening to what my corner were telling me. I knew I’d done enough to get the victory, 100% it was a clear win. It was 39-38 so the referee gave one round even and one to him. I’m glad it’s happened now, it’s a wake up call. You’ve gotta go through this as a boxer, and I’ve done it now.

You’ve got to get your mind right before a fight and I know now I’ve got a responsibility to do that, I’ve got nobody to blame, I was completely fit, it just wasn’t my night to perform how I wanted to perform. Having my mum there for the first time didn’t help! That’s just more stress isn’t it! Boxing is like that, just like there are days when you’re on top in sparring and days when you’re not, it’s like that. People don’t realise how much can have an effect on you behind the scenes, it’s not as simple as get fit and box, there’s more to it.

We’ll sit down with Mickey Helliet this week and talk plans for the next few months. I’m happy with the win but not happy with the performance. I’m definitely going to prove I’m better than that in the next fight, I’m not going to let these things get to me, this fight was a learning curve, we’ll put it down to experience. You’re going to see the real me in my next fight!

Posted: 9th Oct 2017

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