Francisco Bojado


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.


Olympian Ricardo Williams

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.


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.


Ricardo "Fat" Williams Today!

Di 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.


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.


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).

Leija Stuns Bojado


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.


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.

Dominic Verdin


  • Panchito,

    Was another victim of STARDUM, every young athlete needs to be mentored by a successful male role model. We have seen this time and time again, everyone knows the talent is in the ghetto. The promoters, are like recruiters that prey, they do not care about the fighter they “make money and move on to the next sucker.” What do you expect from a young kid who had nothing from the Ghetto, and gets a few pay days unders his belt-All hell breaks loose, all of a sudden you got more friends than ever, this guy was set up to fail…….How do I know I saw it with my own eyes, if your a manager, put a plan together that will manage the “whole Life” of the boxer. If he is your fighter look after him…Greed.

  • Thing I remember most about Bojado was when he first turned pro, Fernando Vargas (then in his prime) took him under his wing… but only for a brief period of time. Fernando threw him out of his camp, said Bojado didn’t have any discipline and didn’t want to work, or something to that effect… Fernando Vargas was really the first guy to say anything critical about him that I can remember.

  • Jose just wanted to smoke pot and surf. Ike was a nut! I called what I thought was the greatest heavyweight fight I ever watched live when i did the HBO International TV for Ike vs David Tua.

  • Other boxers who’s career deteriorated as wasted talents were Jose Luis “el maistrito” Lopez, Hector Lopez, and Ike ibeabuchi.

  • I remember panchito he was way more talented than miguel Cotto who ended up being the cream of that class (2000) too bad he was so undisciplined he had all the physical talent

  • Interesting article…as I was reading it Kelcie Banks came to mind.
    Another fighter who has all the potential to fall into this category is James DeGale. Won Gold at the 2008 Olympics, and subsequently signed a large deal with Frank Warren. Already beaten once, I can’t see him make it.
    But then again, how many amateurs who sign big money contracts make it?
    -Sugar Ray Leonard, Pernell Whitaker, Lennox Lewis, Oscar de la Hoya, Floyd Mayweather are the ones that immediately spring to mind. I’m sure there are loads more, but for every success there are so many more Ricardo Williams or Francisco Bojado’s.

  • He was the classic boxer and I think they robbed him against the late Edwin Rosario

  • No, Howard was a good boxer but never reached what everyone thought was his potential. He fought scared in the pro ranks.

  • Thanks! Always wondered what happened to these guys. I thought Panchito would be the next Mexican star. Sad to see their talent go down the toilet. Makes me appreciate guys like Ward even more. Not only good in the ring but good outside of it too. He could be the next crossover superstar.

  • Real interesting La Migra. Thanks!

  • I knew Kelcie back in the day. His chin was bad and they screwed Ed Hopson out of the Olympics because Banks was preordained. But to say Howard didn’t have a chin or to compare him to Kelcie’s lack of chin is wrong.

  • I know Bojado the partying got ther best of him not the pressure he could care less about boxing and focused on the partying it seemed like it consumed his life. I believe he got a 1 million dollar signing bonus if I’m correct. The kid had talent but some people can’t handle the partying aspect of it. I always thought if he would focus he could do it I believe he felt the same way but this is boxing and you have to stay clean and not abuse your body like that. Too bad he could have made De La Hoya money if he had put the dedication others did. Oh well hope they both get there stuff together and contribute to the world in other ways instead of the entertainment they could have provided in the ring.

  • are any of you old enough to remember Kelcey Banks? One of the most successful amateurs of all time and really hyped. He had NO chin and fizzled out early. Lets not forget Howard Davis.

  • Here u go Pedro. I found this article reading through the paper over the summer. passed it along to D. Raphael(espn) and S. Kim.(Maxboxing). Story took off from there.

  • I remember he was 20 and had like a 15 or 16 year old girlfriend.

  • Yeah, they really promoted Bojado as the next big star; I guess the pressures behind the scenes can take a toll. I’ve heard many fighters complain about the activities leading up to a fight that cause tremendous distractions while training; if they don’t have the mental strength or ability to work through it, this is what happens.
    One fighter I really thought could have been a superstar was Andrew Golota; I thought, at the stage of his career when he was fighting Riddick Bowe, that he had tremendous skill and potentially could have been a force in the division. Unfortunately something inside of him wouldn’t allow him to maintain his composure in the ring. Too bad.

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