Originally Posted by sweet_scientist
Azumah Nelson was talking at the time about moving up and fighting welterweights, he was one of the MOST confident fighters ever. I think he did believe he could win, and he pressed incredibly hard in the second half of the fight in particular, having Whitaker retreat more than what the likes of Chavez had him retreat. It's not like he gave up once he saw he was overmatched.
As for the drug thing, I've yet to see a credible report which suggests that cocaine or crack is performance enhancing.
Like I said, Nelson just seemed to me to go though the motions, and I hope Whitaker was not on drugs then, because if it is shown he was, it is a massive black eye for his career.