Re: I am a boxing manager: if you have questions about the boxing biz, ask!
Here is a tale of how sometimes opportunity knocks a fighter staying in shape & a manager staying by his phone.
The Cinderella Man guess most of us have seen the film & know the story of James Braddock v Max Baer.Baer a great fighter big punch & had been involved in ring tragedies fair to say his family were not too impressed with the hollywood version.....no not that version the welsh one.
Rueben Palacios v John Davison WBO FWGT title fight 17/04/93.Check weight's done physical medicals completed however the fight is called off two days prior.Title vacated.
Routine blood checks & Palacios has failed a HIV test,stripped of his title & back on a plane to Columbia.He never fights again dead by 40 & within a year of the fight being called off doing 4 years for drug trafficking in the USA things change quickly.
The fight due to be on tv tickets have been sold & a opponent needed last minute or not.Calls were made & as you read down the rankings fighters are turning it down.No suprise why two days notice,fighters are overweight & purse demands that had no chance of being met.
Dai Gardner takes a call & the promoters are desperate he manages Steve Robinson at the time 13w-9d-1 draw.Robinson had taken short notice fights before always in shape weight no issue & working as a storeman part-time at Debenhams in Cardiff for £50 a week the money is very welcome.Two days notice WBO title where do we sign?
Robinson wins a SD.Davison a real heavy favourite interviewed years later said 'My head was gone 3 times the Palacios fight was on & off just couldn't peak again but the money was great 40k & Robinson went on to be a worthy champ good luck to him'.
Indeed he was & made seven defences beating some very good opponents in McMillan(who had lost the title to Palacios),Hodkinson & Duke McKenzie fitness & workrate getting him through at times.Training full time made all the difference he said.
He was eventually beaten by Prince Naseem in 1995.He also said in retirement he took that fight on just over 3 weeks notice as he was on honeymoon!The money was good & being the welsh Cinderella Man the opportunity just too good to turn down.