Re: What makes a tough fighter...?
When a fighter is hit the result depends on the degree of the following equation - Mentality x Foundation, but it is nearly all about mentality. When you're hit, and it hurts, and you're not unconscious, your mind will decide how you'll react.
Note - 95% of knockouts or stoppages are mental submissions.
A good come-forward fighter who puts himself in the firing line expects that he is going to get hit, so naturally he is pretty good at copping a shot.
A stand-up, fencing-like boxer may have a solid foundation, but because he is defensively minded, concerned with not getting hit, his nervous system and state of mind is more prone to getting a nasty shock if tagged good.
When you say 'tough' to Ted Spoon he thinks of one with great resistance who would keep responding when hurt, and getting back up when floored - that is the essence of 'fighting tough'.