The 2023 Legion Sports Fest Pro witnessed some top bodybuilding contenders before the best meet for the grand showdown at this year’s Mr. Olympia. For many participants, this was a good chance to test a stage before going head-to-head for the biggest bodybuilding title. At the event in Reno, Nevada, the reigning Men’s Physique Olympia Erin Banks fell to Kyron Holden in a spectacular upset, prompting the champ to send a message out to his fans via Instagram.
In a contest full of twists and turns, Erin Banks was beaten by bodybuilding champion Kyron Holden. Fans were surprised, to say the least and Banks, after accepting his defeat, had a strong message before setting his foot onto the Olympia stage.
I’m actually doing great. This doesn’t make or break me, nor does it change who I am as a human being. I am a champion who takes risks. I participated in the Legion Sports Festival to elevate my division, and yes, I lost. Am I going to make excuses? Nah. Am I crying? No. Do I still believe in myself? You’ve got damn right, I do! It was a great show with outstanding production! Only 4 weeks until I can show you all why I am STILL HIM!
“In the world of champions, defeat isn’t the end, it’s a stepping stone on the path to greatness. When a champion looks in the mirror after a loss, they don’t see failure staring back at them. Instead, they see a warrior who’s been tested, a spirit unbroken by setbacks, and a resolve that burns even brighter.
Losing isn’t a reflection of weakness, it’s a testament to the courage it takes to step onto the stage. Every setback teaches us, molds us, and fuels our hunger for victory. It’s not about how many times we fall, but how many times we rise.
So, when I face myself in the mirror after this loss, I see a champion with unwavering belief. I see a journey filled with challenges and triumphs, setbacks and comebacks. I see a story still being written—one that’s bound to end with me being 2023 Mr Olympia!”
What Erin Banks Loss Says About the Future of The Division
Kyron Holden’s victory not only shocked bodybuilding enthusiasts but also gave rise to new bets for the upcoming Olympia championship. Many felt that this year’s Legion festival provided room for Holden to showcase his best form to date.
While Banks has, for long, made his name amidst the bodybuilding community with the 2022 Men’s Physique title at Mr. Olympia, Holden went on to shake up everyone’s predictions for later this year.
Holden’s win was a game-changer for the category. His new physique came with a wider chest, a beast-like back, and better definition overall. This means that the 2023 Men’s Physique Olympia will witness both of these athletes lock horns once again. And from what Banks indicates in his cryptic messages on social media, the on-stage battle is personal.
Banks’ thoughts looking ahead
Banks expressed disappointment over his loss. After all, it was surprising for a reigning Olympia champion to be defeated outside of the marquee event. In a social media post, the 35-year-old IFBB Pro revealed his thoughts.
“In life, we don’t just win, we also learn. Every setback is a stepping stone to becoming a champion. I’ve faced my share of losses and challenges, but they’ve only fueled my determination. Each one of my defeats has taught me valuable lessons about resilience and strength.
Now, I’m gearing up to bring my absolute best at @mrolympiallc With every setback, I’ve grown stronger, and I’m ready to show the world what a true champion is made of!
Stay tuned!” wrote Banks.
Banks has been actively sharing his progress on the road to Mr. Olympia, talking about his workout routines, diet, and so on. He’s also expected to take on former four-time Men’s Physique Olympia Jeremy Buendia at 2023 Olympia, who is returning after a long hiatus.
Considering Banks’ recent dominance, fans have been rooting for him to bag the Men’s Physique title at the Olympia, However, with Holden’s recent win, could the results change in Orlando, Florida? Only time will tell.