Dutchover is at an early career crossroad, he’s 2-2 in his last four. “The West Texas Warrior” got dropped four times while being stopped in his last fight by 13-1 Philly fighter Nahir Albright on Sept. 14, 2021.
“I feel like this opportunity I’m getting is a blessing. This will re-energize my career,” says Dutchover, a throwback sort who’s likely to be a fan favorite on ‘Last Chance.’ “I got my ass handed to me by Nahir. I’m learning a lot about life from fighting, I take my losses like my wins.” He sounds like a boxer/philosopher when he says, “It’s very humbling, it teaches you a lot about life. Life is 10% what happens to you, 90% how you react to it!”
One key for the Texan is a strong foundation of faith. The boxer makes regular references to God. That faith has helped him stay on message despite the recent hiccups, which includes a controversial TKO8 loss to Thomas Mattice on a September 2019 on ShoBox. Dutchover knows he still possesses solid fundamentals, pop in both hands, and nuances, like his jab-step feints, which help freeze opponents.
Regarding that last loss, a behind-the-head blow in round one messed up his equilibrium, Dutchover says. After four knockdowns, “I kept getting up, and I would have kept getting up if the ref didn’t stop it. You gotta put me on stretcher!” We will see how his chin reacts in the tournament, but clearly, Dutchover, is Texas Tough.