Today in this, your column, my desire to write about those boxers that nobody remembers. Of those warriors who may not have shone in the way they would have liked, but without a doubt the international stars would not exist without them. Yes gentlemen, I am talking about boxers with a negative record. Of those many who win and lose, of those great warriors who, knowing their boxing shortcomings, have helped to forge great boxers. Because behind a great boxer there will always exist in the shadows these warriors who serve as "scrolls" or "steps" so that a novice boxer gains confidence and improves over the course of his career as a boxer.
There are local, regional and national sizes. Because in a certain way the success of many world champions would not have happened if these ring workers did not exist. Because when you have a good prospect, it is very difficult for him to reach big plans if he does not go through these tests first. Because it is precisely against these rivals that the coach sees where he must work with his pupil, rather than celebrating the victory, it is to observe the boxer's pugilistic qualities. Because in boxing it takes years, discipline and hard work in the gym to become a boxer. But above the ring, it will be known if that knowledge is actually being learned by the student and reflected in real practice. And that is precisely where the class to which I refer in this column comes in. Because thanks to these gauges the pupil puts into practice the knowledge acquired.
Except for a few boxers, most have been improving against strong rivals. Many have made their debuts against opponents who mostly have poor records. Of course, if you put a lot of "bad" boxers of yesteryear against the "bad" ones of today, those of the early 1900s take them on horseback. Because in addition to being tougher and braver, they had something that many good and bad boxers lack today... honor. That honor allowed them to be rehired in an environment where the competition was to win a modest economic purse to take to the family. Because the boxer of yesteryear could not afford to go around throwing spikes in the ring or being a theater man like Kovalev, dramatizing that he had been injured in that fight against the freckled Alvarez.
Just imagine in those years of the great depression when the Wall Street crash occurred, I assure you that those jigsaws took very good care of their performances in the ring. Well, if you didn't, you weren't hired again by that promoter. Today we only see in many a bunch of shameless people, I hope that Bivol sells his defeat dearly, I hope that I cover up and cover the mouths of many and fall like a brave man; because otherwise this boxing thing will become a circus act. Because both Hearn's puppet and Alvarez himself can't keep playing boxing with their blowjobs (freckled's own word). In times of yore you went up to a ring, and if you did not comply with what they are supposed to know about your qualities, both the public, the press, the promoters and the COMMISSIONS were in charge of punishing you.
The promoter no longer hired you for having ruined the event with your drama, especially if they had included you in the main fight, since in those days you could not see the face of the public who were good connoisseurs and who consumed a lot of boxing. The public punished the promoter and in this way the boxer himself, because you can't go around putting bumps on a star. Because people pay and their money is worth it to go see an event where they really want boxing. Now we pay to go see men who look like girls, complaining about everything above the ring. Frankly you realize that the current boxers are "fifis". They are very delicate and tender.
I will be very honest with this comment, "Púas" Olivares being a world champion was a drunk and despite all those bad habits he would get into the ring and give tremendous battles. Or the Mexican idol of idols, José "Toluco" Lopez who, despite his bad life, filled you with the public in four-way bullfighting. Because "El Toluco" was a boxer who sold his defeat dearly, if he was an idol, he won or lost. To such an extent that in one of his last presentations and that by the way he was losing, the followers threw cushions into the ring, so that his idol could recover. Those are idols. But that's for another column.
Earning a place in a newspaper at that time was not easy, because everything we know today did not exist. And the newspaper was the most economical way for an event, boxer or billboard to become known. And not to mention TV or cinema in those years that were big words. Not everyone was broadcast or recorded the fights. Only the giants. Anyway, friends, I see and feel things like this. And I am writing this on Saturday, May 7 in the afternoon. Hours before the Alvarez vs. Bivol show starts. I just hope they don't come out with some bullshit or fight shit. I say this for the good of boxing, for the good of the fan and because there is justice for all.