Natasha Jonas admits fighters are “petrified” at a first loss, but revealed how she overcame fear of failure ahead of a world title fight with Katie Taylor.
The Liverpudlian remain firmly in contention to challenge another world champion after improving their reputation in a slim points loss to Taylor in May.
But Jonas, a London 2012 Olympian, accepts that she only rose to the top after learning vital lessons from setbacks in the amateur and pro ranks.
Speaking on episode five of “Rise With Us”, Jonas told Sky Sports: “There is no one that I know of, or athlete I can think of, who hasn’t failed and everyone is so petrified of failing and everyone is petrified in the game. boxing to lose a 0.
“Sometimes it becomes more of a pressure when you have a 0 to keep it.
“But I would say to anyone, don’t be afraid to fail, because failure makes you a little better the next time you fail again.
“So what, improve yourself a bit next time.
Arise With Us – Episode Five
Natasha Jonas, Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m., on Sky Sports Arena & Sky Sports Mix.
“There is nothing to worry about failing, because it will improve you. I had never been beaten nationally in amateurs, then in my first international fight I was beaten and I was like “wow”.
“I went back and reassessed myself because when you win it’s easy to think things are going perfectly, because you win.
“But as soon as you lose, you go back and fix the things that were happening since day one. You didn’t really need to fix them, because you were always winning, so that’s what you did. you do.”
Jonas lost his unbeaten record in a shock loss to Viviane Obenauf in 2018, and had to overcome his doubts before restoring his reputation.
A hotly contested draw with Terri Harper last summer deprived Jonas of a world title, although she emerged with credit from an exciting clash with Taylor, the undisputed lightweight world champion.
Jonas said: “Even with Obenauf as a professional I was like, ‘Okay’ I had to start over and it was difficult because I had never lost this way before.
I was like, “Are they right? But then I left, I worked on myself and got over it.
It was also more about ego. I was like, ‘Wow, she did that to me. “I had to get up and it took a long time to make up my mind to come back, because I was like, ‘Am I going again? Am i too old Has the baby affected me? “
“I was starting to question myself. Other people were sending me stuff on social media, saying ‘She’s past the stage, she’s too old, she’s too this, she’s too that.’ I was like, “Are they right?”
“But then I left, I worked on myself and got over it.”
Fifth episode of Rise With Us, Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., on Sky Sports Arena & Sky Sports Mix.