Badr Hari crushed the hopes and dreams of many fans hoping he would make a spectacular comeback with his loss against Zabit Samedov. Not only did Badr Hari lose, he lost in a way that he’s never lost before, looking like he gave up. This is more disappointing than the loss itself. Badr Hari has lost before, but the reason the fans love him is his never say die attitude. He has always fought until the end, even if it means getting knocked out.
But in this fight, he appears that he had given up at the end, falling before a smaller foe that he had easily beaten before. This caused many fans to wonder if he had thrown the fight. While anything is possible, I personally don’t think so. What would Badr Hari gain by such an embarrassing defeat? What money would be worth destroying the legacy that he has worked so hard for so many years to build.
Instead, I believe, that sometimes a fighter doesn’t know what is left in them until they step in the ring. In this case, Zabit Samedov was hungry for victory, while Badr Hari simply was going through the motions. He was not fighting to win, he was fighting because he doesn’t know anything else.
So I don’t believe that Badr Hari threw the fight, but I do believe that his future in fighting is in great doubt. If he no longer has the heart to fight, he will be only a shadow of the Golden Boy that captured hearts all around the world, and made Morocco so proud.