May 22 2016

Being A Fighter.

Being a fighter, you are really up when you win. Everyone is there, excited, wanting to be around you. I signed a few fight posters for people I didn’t know, but watched me fight that night, one time, the owner of the casino in Verona NY told me and my then trainer, my fight was the fight of the night, true story, he was a native American, he told me he enjoyed watching me fight.

Losing can be wretched, you feel like you left everyone down.
I lost a fight once ans was embarrassed to go outside and walk around, I was a trainer at Bally ‘ s fitness then, and though everyone was looking at me because I lost.

Being a fighter, the punishment continues after the fight, outside the ring. It’s tough. You never want to let anyone down, more so, yourself.
I have been so utterly disappointed with myself in Amis of tears, privately, alone, going over what went wrong.

You can be so high, then low.
And there is the spector, whom, can dish the harshest criticism, lacking the balls to ever get into that ring.

Being a fighter has aided me more ways than one in life, it has helped me rise from extreme failure, really from the ashes, to be better than ever.
Being a fighter has also taught me mote about myself than anyrhi ng else ever could.

I did the best I could then, but could have done a lot more as I look back, and that there allows me and pushes me to overachieve and be far better now, exceed, drive harder now.

It all comes full circle.


Oct 10 2014

In The Gym Notes: Critique Not Criticize.

I was working with this new 15 yr old student last night and he was getting frustrated, then annoyed, and then pissed off at me while almost blurting something out an obscenity with can’t I do anything right?? when I was correcting him on a stance/footwork drill.

I said son if you came in here and everything was easy and I wasn’t saying anything to you, you would be in the wrong gym. You are not doing anything wrong, I’m teaching you to do it better, not nitpicking but critiquing you to do it great.

I told him good is not good enough, we have to pull out more, and yet more, that is what champions do to become champions and what deliberate practice is, to yet refine to a higher GROOVED level. I still learn everyday as a coach and I have to explain my rationale with this when working with new students.

Some kids just have never had anyone that cared for them to do something better than they are displaying, to be trained to do something great, and when you keep breaking it down they can be broken down by thinking here is another adult criticizing/picking at me.

Coaching obviously isn’t that, critiquing is not criticizing, you can’t have them build up a rebellious wall. A teacher has to know what kind of student they have before they can teach them, experience teachers can do this upon meeting and communicating with their new student.

So I’m communicating this with them more, as skill is groomed better in a clear calm mind, not a frustrated one.


Jun 2 2014

Let Me Clear This Up.

floyd

Although I’m very vocal on Floyd Mayweather’s opponent selection I have never hated on his obvious world class skill.

I was once a BIG admirer of his. I fought at the 1996 National Golden Gloves and a lot the eventual Olympians also fought there and won the tournament.

Floyd being one and I watched him close. You could see then that he had it and would excellent at the next pro level.

This is bad pic (damn flash didn’t go off!) of when I met him at the 2003 National Golden Gloves in Las Vegas.

He was cool. I remember him being very good with his kids. Playing with them. I talked to him for a bit. Very personable. Granted this is before he blew up. This was around the time of the infamous Spadadora sparring session where Paul put it on a just getting back in the gym Floyd.

I remember asking Floyd about that and he was like Paul who?? Paul who??? Lol…

I met Mayweather Sr. There also and talked to him for 45 minutes discussing boxing training asking him questions.

I loved when Floyd was young and was fighting the best available and beating them.

You know. What champions are supposed to do.

Again, I have never hated on his skill. Just the selection of opponents.


May 7 2014

Defining A Fighter.

Boxing IS the sweet science but it’s also fighting, and as crude as a style may be, that awkwardness can make it hard to be timed, to anticipate what’s coming next, to defend.Just as that style worked for the late and forever beloved Carmen Bassilio when he beat the great uber superior in skill than Carmen, Sugar Ray Robinson.

Maidana swarms like Carmen once did. Punching from all different a…ngles, tough, durable, determined and always coming…..

Say what you will about the lack of polished skills of Maidana.

But the dude doesn’t give a fuck. He brings it each fight rising to the moment as he did against Ortiz, Khan, Broner, and now Mayweather.

He IS a real fighter.

#Respect