REMEMBER TWO BOXERS WHO FAILED MISERABLY?
Los Angeles, CA– Apples grow on trees, fighters don’t. Our ability to grow organic, ripe boxers is a bit far fetched. It takes time to manufacture a complete fighter. Several factors are important to consider before planting a seed for success and glory. Much like sowing your seed, it is the source of the beginning, the act of constructing with the growing organism with proper care.
SO MUCH OF BOXING TALENT IS LOCATED IN THE HEAD!
How does one acquire talent? The quality to perform a dramatic wonder of the unknown is simple; but not without the understanding between the series of operations in accordance with the powers that be. Any simple individual can be instructed and trained in swapping leather in the “sweet science,” although it takes a special someone to be blessed with God-given athleticism. Alone at times, talent isn’t sufficient to satisfy the necessary components to convert the prospect into a complete a world-class fighter.
THESE GUYS SIMPLY COULDN’T MAKE THE CUT
In recent memory, we have witnessed several up-and-coming fighters with the highest expectations and eager anticipation. New blood is what keeps the sport alive with curiosity as it stimulates the mind. One particular fighter by the name of Ricardo Williams Jr., had shown remarkable aptitude for prize fighting. His luxurious amateur career was his greatest achievement. Winning the Silver in the 2000 Olympics, Williams was regarded as “the next best thing!” Being a sure lock for stardom, promoter Lou Di Bella presented the ghetto urchin with a $1.4 million signing bonus before turning pro.
SILVER MEDAL WINNER OR NOT, WILLIAMS HAD A COCAINE PROBLEMDi Bella praised the amateur standout with approval and admiration yet Williams Jr.’s future began to unravel into a cold, bleak cloud of uncertainty. His lack of any burning desire led him to his first lost, against unheralded Juan Valenzuela (UD10), showcased on HBO in 2003. Another regrettable fight would later follow against Manning Galloway, an ancient journeyman, (L10), failing to regain any fortitude from his disastrous performances. Then came his run-in with the law, receiving a three year prison stint for possession and distributing Cocaine.
RICARDO WILLIAMS’ NEVER LEFT HIS “HOOD”
A “street player” from Cincinnati, Williams Jr. returned in 2008, with 9 straight wins. He worked on proving his once promising career and to demonstrate his great guile, if there was any chance, of resuming a questionable occupation that hung in the balance. In his next appearance, Williams Jr. (19-2 10Kos), faced the average but stubborn Carson Jones (33-8-3, 23Kos), in a welterweight clash. Long story short, Williams tasted the canvas thrice with the bout being halted inside of four fistic frames. Chapter closed.
“PANCHITO” WAS HAILED AS “THE NEXT ROBERTO DURAN”
Next for consideration on the big stage, was a young teenager with charisma and boyish looks that wouldn’t scare any man, yet he could punch with either hand with power that had you gazing into oblivion. The name: Francisco “Panchito” Bojado. I remember hearing his name and all the accolades being received from around the world. At the start of his short career sporting an attractive (9-0, 9 KOs), and fighting at the highest point of his pro career, he took on little known veteran Juan Carlos Rubio with a glossy record (27-6-2 12 KOs).BOJADO LIKE JEMARCUS RUSSELL, EX-NFL PLAYER & #1 DRAFT PICK
What was glossy, and you see it in all sports, were our eyes, as his potential was nothing more than a mirage. Bojado, lost an entertaining slugfest, but just like the aforementioned Ricardo Williams, both had the unwillingness to be disciplined in their training. Exhibiting poor habits with constant weight gain, “A BIG NO NO” in this sport, Bojado, would win his next seven outings, only to later lose a split decision to Jessie Leija and Steve Forbes. Bojado was gaining so much recognition and exposure, he seemed content with little or no training at all. Now 28, his boxing career down the tubes, Bojado has had his share of problems with the Police of San Diego. Bojado was booked into jail on several charges, including suspicion of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, evading arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, oh, and hit and run. He was held on $50,000 bail.
MORAL OF THE STORY IS…
We don’t all have that magical component or the right ingredients to assemble and or inspire athletes with supernatural talents. When life hands you a desirable amount of power, it is within reason to demand the needs to satisfy your thirst for simplicity. Usually our expectations are too great, and that leads our once highly touted prospects into obscurity and scrutiny.