Little background. My father was an amateur fighter back in the late 20’s into the 30’s. He was raised in Philly. I seem to remember Gerard Ave ?? Anyway he made it to the Mid Atlantic AAU Championships. I was born in 1944. We were living in Newark, NJ at that time. After WW2, my father trained a few fighters there. Of course boxing was number one at home. As soon as television came about we never missed the Friday Night Fights. I can’t exactly remember the first fight I saw but it might have been Louis, Walcott, Marciano, Sugar Ray, Gavilán. Not sure but we watched them all. Johnny Saxton, Johnny Bratton, Miceli, Cartier, Hairston, etc.,etc.
I was always in training. Never had any sanctioned fights but many smokers. Fought when I was in the service from 1961 to 1965. I was a hospital corpsman attached to the Marines. In my outfit was a young and raw Kenny Norton. I saw his first fights at Camp LeJeune, NC. I had thoughts of turning pro after getting out but met my first wife and that ended my aspirations. Always continued watching every fight on TV over the years and about 24 years ago I got back in the gym. I’ve began going to Gleasons Gym about 17 years ago. Sparred at least 1000 rds over the years and started working at the front desk two and a half years ago. A dream job for me. Came full circle. Ok, that’s it for background �de0a
Evans and Rosa:
Good fight. Saw it the way you did. Only thing, Rosa is DiBella’s guy and has been given quite a few light touches. Evans came to win. I saw the look on DiBella’s face when the decision was announced. He saw dollar bills leaving his pockets. To me, Evans definitely has an upside from this fight. Rosa most probably will be given another fight but it will be back in Connecticut where he lives.
I like Charles Conwell. Tough opponent who came to win. True, went right hand crazy but has good skills and stayed relaxed. Could have gotten him out by going to the body much earlier. Reminds me in a way of Donald Curry.
Big Baby needs to drop about 25 lbs. He could beat more heavyweights but not the top rung. He has fast hands, decent power, takes a good punch and has a mean streak. He was training the last month at Gleasons. Nice guy.
I like Jose Ramirez. He has it all. His fight with Amir Iman will be a good one.
Porter and Granados : Shawn spent three days at Gleasons the week of the fight. He and his dad worked hard on positioning against the ropes. He’s one tough dude and great person.
Granados was there Thursday evening the day before the weigh in. He must of still had to cut weight because he put in a hard workout. Very nice guy.
Lipinets and Kondo:
Kondo spent the week before the fight at Gleasons. Trained hard. He looked better and more
determined in the actual fight than what I saw in the workouts. I know he had some sore ribs from those straight right hands to the body from Lipinets.
I told Kondo’s people that Lipinets had fast hands and a good jab because he had been at the gym before. But I still don’t think Lipinets is the best 140 pounder. He hasn’t been tested yet.
Well, Don, I could go on and on but have to get ready to go to work. Definitely looking forward to continued contact. Peace.