Keep your eyes open and on your opponent at all times. It is the punch that you don’t see that is the most dangerous, and the one that knocks you out.
You can be better than your opponent, have more skill, speed, ability, strength and talent. But if you don’t have the heart, confidence, and fortitude to execute, you allow a man with heart and less skill to be just as good or better than you.
The way you train is the way you will fight. If you don’t do it in the gym you won’t do it in the ring. Practice proper technique and good training habits. This way you will be prepared for whatever comes your way and can execute what you worked on in the heat of battle.