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Old 12-29-2012, 12:56 PM   #6
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Default Re: Trainer dealing with boxer's difficult dad

You've been working with him for 18 months and he's 18...If he isn't ready now, he probably never will be. I understand wanting everything to be right, having been in that situation myself, but, looking back, I think I was unfair to that boxer by holding him back. Let him compete, he's not getting any younger.
Psycho dads aren't much fun. I dealt with one by picking the kid up and driving him to the gym, and lying to his dad about which days his son sparred. The father, son, and I are all still friends 20 years later. On the other hand, I flat out refused to work with another kid because of his father, and we had been friends for nearly 30 years.
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