The Black Eye: Sorry Boyd
First off, let me congratulate you on your journey in Martial Arts and tell you how excited I am for you that you will soon get to reach your goal of competing in an MMA fight. Please accept my apology that I am not able to be your partner and opponent in realizing this quest.
I found out this morning that a medical professional will not clear me to fight. Apparently, I have an injury that precludes me from fighting and, at my age, they would prefer that I don’t fight again at all.
I am glad that I got this news with over three weeks left to go before your fight, because both me and my manager Marc-Andre would be very pleased to help find you a suitable opponent so you can complete your quest. We have already started the search and we will be proud to help Peter, the ECC promoter, in any way we can to find you an appropriate opponent for your MMA debut.
I would also like to tell you how much I respect the work you have done and how much I hope you enjoy your fight.
Oh, one more thing.
In an effort to help sell the fight and promote your TV show, I worked hard to pull my weight and contribute with the hype and get people talking. I hoped it might enrich your experience as well as help get people interested in the fight and the documentary series.
You know, people were cruel to me when I popped into this great sport and with a TV show about chasing my dream. I thought, if I was unequivocally the bad guy here in your story, that you could be spared some of that venom. I’m used to getting it, but, trust me, it can be painful at times.
I figured if they hated me they might get behind you, so I did the best job I could to be a foil for your story.
When I was asked to be your opponent for this fight, I understood very well that you were accepting a much more experienced opponent than you needed to in hopes that I would be able to contribute to the show and the experience in other ways, like promotion and media and hype.
I respect that greatly.
I sure hope that you know, and knew all along, that any references to ‘wrecking’ you or to me feeling disrespected or any hype of that nature was all part of the game, and I hope you found it entertaining.
I’m sad that I was not able to come through for you my man, and I’m disappointed that we will not get to share such a special competitive experience.
All the best in there Boyd and all the very best with the Cubicle to the Cage project. Greg Hemming and the whole crew look to be doing an incredible job with this show. Please let me if there’s anything I can do to help the project.
You have phenomenal coaching from Peter Martell and Titans so you don’t need advice from me, but I’m going to give you some anyways.
Just have fun when you get in there.
I wish so much I could be in there with you, but the doctor says that’s just not possible.
Fighting is a very special experience and you are lucky to get to have it.
Take care Boyd and all the best.