Sep 15 2016

Who The REAL Pros are.

Had a great conversation with a coach this morning that got me FIRED up, this coach being a former cream of the crop athlete and an excellent coach having cornered several UFC champions, BJ Penn being one of them.

So he asks me about so and so and this fighter they train.

I reply I don’t know so and so, and so, I can’t comment on them personally but I do know that fighter did not start with them and is from another region where another coach started them out, taught them from scratch, paid for all the fight show, tournament travel, food, hotels gas, etc.
And now..

So and so has them.

Look, anyone can look good putting some finishing touches on someone else’s work. The HARD work has been done, molding them from nothing.

Few coaches want to do that now a days cause it is REAL work.

But that is the most hilarious part.

THESE coaches call themselves PRO coaches because, well, they only work with pros, basing their work on somone else’s!

Smh. I said this before.

Who is THE REAL pro?

Not some charlatan using some slap mitt routine on the talent that was developed by the real pro coach who isn’t with the fighter anymore.

Lots of smoke and mirrors in this game.

Lots of amatuer coaches calling themselves pro and a lot of amatuer coaches who are the REAL pros.


Jun 9 2015

The Real Teachers.

Daman debut then.

7yr old Daman Rodriguez. He turns 8 in August and will make his amateur He barely understands English, I asked him how much he weighs, he told me 2lbs!

I told him to come with me in my office and had him jump on the scale. I showed him the 54lbs he weighs.

It’s a challenge training these young kids, it takes time to instill a foundation, and acute coaching skills to make them good.

One of my goals is to train a National Silver Gloves champion, just for a coaching challenge on someone this young, the coaching skill set is different.

You see these mainstream trainers today who have trained 10, 15, 20, world champions but they did not take them from scratch or do the real work of instilling a base of skill, the basics.

That’s the hard work. It’s not that hard to make an experienced pro better, improve something on them, the hard work with them was already done by someone else who was dumped for a so called more experienced trainer who more than not made his resume off of training already accomplished fighters, training them for a fight or too and winning a world title, bam, there is there world champion. They collect a resume like that. Some train a fighter for one fight there is their world champion, then another fighter comes along for a few fights, seeking the flavor of the month hot trainer, bam there is their other world champion.

Again, all the real work was done by someone else, the monotonous ingraining of the basics, the patience to do that, taking someone raw and unproven and taking a chance and putting time into them molding them into someone, a silver glove, golden glove, and national champion, then contender then they are told to leave for a more experienced trainer who has poached made talent already.

Few pro trainers took a kid from the amateurs winning everything there to a world title in the pros.

A trainer who has one world champion like that is better than someone who has 20 world champions with already made fighters.


Nov 17 2014

The mindset of Cus D’Amato, lessons on boxing and life.