~THE GREAT SPIRIT and the connection between great boxers and The greatest REAL PITBULLS~
Overcoming obstacles is a common denominator among the greatest boxers and REAL American Pit Bull Terriers of all times. The connection between the two is historical. Warriors are like that. As culture changed the perception of what is a pitbull changed and the taste of some boxers did as well. Hardcore real men like Jack Johnson, Jack Corvino, and Jack Dempsey love their Pitbulls, game breed dogs with whom they connected immediately. The feeling is almost magical, you can feel it since they are puppies. These Awesome Buck dogs walk, move in such a way that is amazing. THE INSPIRATION from them to the human is insane. I thought on the reasons why this happens. I discover that most grown men still connected with the inner kid dreams and thoughts. The child that face obstacles and some of them had a dog that was their best friend. Boxing and The Real Pitbull APBT are so similar in so many ways is beautiful to enjoy both. They are all related to the WARRIOR MENTALITY, and The Warrior ways!
The personal stories of many top boxers take us to private moments, where they are alone facing moments of power and moments of struggle. When the temptation to say NO MAS and saying no way, I will stay on this fight is what define winners from losers in life. This holds true every day in the life of a real winner.
Coming soon the stories of the likes of world champion Canelo Alvarez.
The Garcia Brothers world champions Robert and Mikey, trainer of the year.
This Story relates to Gameness, never giving up. These Garcia family hard real adversity in life. Many immigrants in America have to endure the challenges of all kinds, from finances to adapting to a new culture. These men are harder in the inside than the outside. I will add content to this page to show fans of boxing and fans of the real APBT , how wonderful is to be A GAME PERSON, who love GAME DOGS.
Here some information I found in Wikipedia about them. I have met Robert Garcia in person and is a great humble man. Enjoy this page and share it with friends. Remember no better dog than an AWESOME BUCK DOG for you and your family.
Roberto Garcia Cortez (born January 29, 1975), best known as Robert Garcia, is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1992 to 2001 and held the IBF junior lightweight title from 1998 to 1999. He has since worked as a boxing trainer and was voted Trainer of the Year by The Ring magazine in 2011, and by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2012. He is the older brother of professional boxer Mikey Garcia, who is a world champion in four weight classes.
Born in San Pedro, Los Angeles, Garcia grew up and still resides in Oxnard, California, and was trained by his father Eduardo Garcia at the La Colonia Youth Boxing Club. Garcia said that he has been in Oxnard, California since he was two years old. He considers himself to be a Mexican, and has said that his father and mother are both of Mexican descent. He said that his parents were illegal immigrants until the eighties. He said that he grew up speaking Spanish, and that he learned to speak English when he went to school.
Known as “Grandpa”, Garcia won his pro debut against Tsutomu Hitono at the International Center in Fukuoka, Japan. He accumulated a record of 20–0, which included a win against future champion Derrick Gainer, before challenging for his first regional title.
In 1995 he took down the previously unbeaten American Julian Wheeler to win his first belt, the NABF Super Featherweight Championship. He successfully defended his championship just three months later against Francisco Segura.
At the Miami Arena, Garcia moved down to Featherweight and beat Darryl Pinckney to win the NABF Featherweight Championship.
On March 13, 1998 a then-undefeated Garcia (29–0) captured the vacant IBF Super Featherweight Championship with a unanimous decision win over Harold Warren. In his first title defense he knocked out Cuban Ramon Ledon at the Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
His next fight was against two-time World Champion, Puerto Rico’s John John Molina. Garcia defeated Molina over twelve rounds; that fight card also featured Mike Tyson, Zab Judah, and Fres Oquendo. He lost the belt in an upset to rising undefeated phenom Diego Corrales. After a win over title contender Sandro Marcos he moved back up in the world rankings.
Garcia formally worked as a trainer at La Colonia Gym in Oxnard, California. Notable fighters who have trained under Garcia include Nonito Donaire. Most recently he opened his own boxing gym named Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, California.
- Christopher Algieri, former WBO World Light Welterweight Champion
- Allan Benitez, Lightweight boxer
- Alfonso Blanco, Light Middleweight prospect
- Felipe Campa, former WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight Champion
- Francisco Contreras, Lightweight contender
- Jesus Cuellar, former WBA Fedelatin Featherweight Champion
- Nonito Donaire, world champion in four weight classes and former Ring Magazine pound for pound fighter
- Michael Finney, Light Welterweight journeyman
- Irving García, Lightweight journeyman
- Mikey Garcia, world champion in four weight classes; current WBC lightweight, IBF and lineal light welterweight Champion
- Alfonso Gómez, competitor on The Contender
- Evgeny Gradovich, former IBF Featherweight Champion
- Joan Guzmán, former two divisions WBO World Champion
- Jesús Antonio Hernández, lightweight prospect
- Egidijus Kavaliauskas, established former amateur and undefeated welterweight prospect
- Steven Luevano, former WBO World Featherweight Champion; made five successful defenses
- Marcos Maidana, former WBA Welterweight Champion and former WBA Light Welterweight champion
- Abner Mares, current WBA regular featherweight champion
- Antonio Margarito, former two-time World Welterweight Champion
- Hernán Márquez, former WBA World Flyweight Champion
- Hanzel Martínez, Bantamweight boxer; brother-in-law of Antonio Margarito
- Victor Ortíz, former WBC welterweight champion
- Victor Pasillas, undefeated Featherweight prospect
- Kelly Pavlik, former Lineal Middleweight Champion
- Manuel Quezada, Heavyweight journeyman
- Marcos Reyes, Middleweight boxer
- Brandon Ríos, former WBA World Lightweight Champion
- Marco Antonio Rubio, former WBF World Super Middleweight Champion
- Andrew Ruiz, undefeated Light Welterweight prospect
- Erik Ruiz, Super Bantamweight journeyman
- Mia St. John, former WIBA, WIBF Lightweight, and WBC Light Middleweight Champion
- Mark Suárez, former WBO NABO Welterweight Champion
- Fernando Vargas, former two-time World Light Middleweight Champion
- Brian Viloria, former WBC and IBF Light Flyweight Champion
~~~James Walter Braddock ” Cinderella man ” Hollywood mas a movie out of it.~~
During the Great Depression, a common-man hero, James J. Braddock–a.k.a. the Cinderella Man–was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the American populace who had hit rock bottom. His career appeared to be finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him–his family–was in danger, and he was even forced to go on Public Relief. But deep inside, Jim Braddock never relinquished his determination. Driven by love, honor and an incredible dose the ones who are do of grit, he willed an impossible dream to come true. In a last-chance bid to help his family, Braddock returned to the ring. No one thought he had a shot. However, Braddock, fueled by something beyond mere competition, kept winning. Suddenly, the ordinary working man became the mythic athlete. Carrying the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised…
Braddock was born in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City on West 48th Street. He moved to North Bergen, New Jersey at an early age. He was one of seven children being raised by immigrant parents; Irish mother Elizabeth O’Tool and Anglo-Irish father Joseph Braddock. He stated his life’s early ambition was to play college football for Knute Rockne at the University of Notre Dame, but he had “more brawn than brains.”
Braddock pursued boxing, turning pro at the age of 21, fighting as a light heavyweight. His first fight in a ring occurred on November 27, 1923. After three years, Braddock’s record was 44–2–2 (.938), with 21 knockouts.
In 1928, Braddock pulled off a major upset by knocking out highly regarded Tuffy Griffiths. The following year he earned a chance to fight for the title, but he narrowly lost to Tommy Loughran in a 15-round decision. Braddock was greatly depressed by the loss and badly fractured his right hand in several places in the process.
His next 33 fights were significantly less successful, with a 11–20–2 (.364) record. With his family in poverty during the Great Depression, Braddock had to give up boxing for a little while and worked as a longshoreman. Due to frequent injuries to his right hand, Braddock compensated by using his left hand during his longshoreman work, and it gradually became stronger than his right. He always remembered the humiliation of having to accept government relief money, but was inspired by the Catholic Worker Movement, a Christian social justice organization founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933 to help the homeless and hungry. After his boxing comeback, Braddock returned the welfare money he had received and made frequent donations to various Catholic Worker Houses, including feeding homeless guests with his family.
In 1934, Braddock was given a fight with the highly touted John “Corn” Griffin. Although Braddock was intended simply as a stepping stone in Griffin’s career, he knocked out the “Ozark Cyclone” in the third round. Braddock then fought John Henry Lewis, a future light heavyweight champion. He won in one of the most important fights of his career. After defeating another highly regarded heavyweight contender, Art Lasky, whose nose he broke during the bout on March 22, 1935, Braddock was given a title fight against the World Heavyweight Champion, Max Baer.
Baer hardly trained for the bout, but Braddock did. “I’m training for a fight. Not a boxing contest or a clownin’ contest or a dance”, he said. “Whether it goes 1 round or 3 rounds or 10 rounds, it will be a fight and a fight all the way… When you’ve been through what I’ve had to face in the last two years, a Max Baer or a Bengal tiger looks like a house pet. He might come at me with a cannon and a blackjack and he would still be a picnic compared to what I’ve had to face.”
Considered little more than a journeyman fighter, Braddock was hand-picked by Baer’s handlers because he was seen as an easy payday for the champion, despite his recent impressive victories. Instead, on June 13, 1935, at Madison Square Garden Bowl, Braddock won the Heavyweight Championship of the World as the 10-to-1 underdog in what was called “the greatest fistic upset since the defeat of John L. Sullivan by Jim Corbett”.
During the fight, a dogged Braddock took a few heavy hits from the powerful younger champion (30 years versus 26 years for Baer), but Braddock kept coming, wearing down Baer, who seemed perplexed by Braddock’s ability to take a punch. In the end, the judges gave Braddock the title with a unanimous decision
Braddock suffered from problems with his arthritic hands after injuries throughout his career and, in 1936, his title defense in Madison Square Garden against the German Max Schmeling was canceled under suspicious circumstances. Braddock argued he would have received only a US$25,000 purse against Schmeling, compared to $250,000 against rising star Joe Louis. There was also concern that if Schmeling won, the Nazi government would deny American fighters opportunities to fight for the title. Finally, American commentators had expressed opposition to the fight in light of the connections between Schmeling and Adolf Hitler, with whom the German fighter had been associated after his earlier victory over Louis.
Upon return, he worked as a marine equipment surplus supplier and helped construct the Verrazano Bridge in the early 1960s.
~~~~~The Story of Vinny Pazienza Hall of fame, Hollywood just made a movie of his life ” Bleed for this~~~~~
Vinny Pazienza a dead game man, someone that has many of the spirtual areas of The real American Pit Bull Terrier. The great Connection between Awesome Buck dogs and the boxer here is a clear sample.
In the 1980s, Pazienza built a reputation along the East Coast, defeating such opponents as Melvin Paul (KO 2), Joe Frazier Jr. (TKO 7), Harry Arroyo (UD 10), Nelson Bolanos (TKO 6), and Roberto Elizondo (KO in 10). His first world title fight came on June 7, 1987, in Providence, Rhode Island, where he outpointed Greg Haugen over 15 rounds to become the IBF world lightweight champion. The pair would meet two more times: Haugen recovering the title in an immediate rematch, and Pazienza prevailing in a 10-round decision in their rubber match in 1990.
Pazienza failed in title tries in the junior welterweight division: in 1988, against WBC World Champion Roger Mayweatherand in 1990, against both WBO Champion Hector “Macho” Camacho and WBA World Champion Loreto Garza.
In 1991, Pazienza moved into the junior middleweight division. In his first fight at junior middleweight, he won the USBAchampionship against Ron Amundsen in a 12-round decision. He defeated the WBA world jr. middleweight champion Gilbert Delé with a 12th-round TKO in Providence, becoming the second fighter in boxing history to win both the lightweight and junior middleweight world championships.
Pazienza was forced to relinquish the title due to a serious car accident in which his neck was broken. Doctors informed him he might never walk again and would certainly never fight again. Pazienza had to wear a medical device called a Halo, a circular metal brace screwed into the skull in four spots and propped up with four metal rods. He had the Halo screwed to his skull for three months, during which time he maintained a workout regimen against doctors’ orders.He returned to the ring thirteen months after the accident and defeated future WBC world jr. middleweight champion Luis Santana by a 10-round decision.
After the Santana fight, Pazienza went on to defeat Brett Lally by a 6th-round TKO, and then, in another TKO, former world champion Lloyd Honeyghan in the 10th round. Pazienza went on to win the vacant IBO middleweight world title in 1993 with an 11th-round KO over Dan Sherry. Pazienza then went on to beat Roberto Duran twice, both via decision, with the IBC super middleweight title on the line both times.
In June 1995, Pazienza lost his world title bid against IBF world super middleweight champion Roy Jones Jr. In 1996, Pazienza inflicted then-prospect Dana Rosenblatt‘s only loss (a knockout in four rounds) to win the vacant WBU super middleweight world championship.
In early 2001, Pazienza legally changed his last name to Paz. In 2002, he lost to WBC world super middleweight champion Eric Lucas in what would be his last shot at a world title. In 2004, Paz fought in his last fight, defeating Tocker Pudwill via 10-round unanimous decision. His record stands at 50-10, with 30 wins by knockout and five world titles (the IBF lightweight championship, WBA jr. middleweight championship, IBO super middleweight championship, IBC super middleweight championship, and the WBU super middleweight championship). He also won the USBA title. ( Article from Wikipedia )
The movie “Bleed” The life of this great boxer Vinny Pazienza is a great movie. We enjoyed this movie with our family and recommend it to anyone who loves a comeback story of a man who wanted to win against all odds. A thing that can relate to the real American Pit Bull Terrier. Vinny is in line to own a Puppy from ” AWESOME MAYDAY”
On November 1988, Vinny Pazienza boxes Roger Mayweather for the WBC World Light Welterweight Title. He arrives late to the weigh-in, as he has been riding a stationary bicycle in order to make the weight limit. Vinny’s final weight is 140 pounds even, which qualifies him for the fight.
Instead of resting up for the fight, Vinny spends the night at a casino. The following day, he loses to Mayweather. At one point during the fight, Vinny is hit after the bell. His boxing manager Lou Duva causes a scene by going after Mayweather, but is punched as a result. Following the match, Duva tells the media that Vinny should retire from boxing. This angers Vinny’s father Angelo (who serves as his coach), and he confronts Duva. In the ensuing argument, Vinny announces that he wants another fight, and hires Kevin Rooney as his coach.
Angelo receives confirmation that Vinny has been granted a title fight against Gilbert Dele. Vinny wins the bout via technical knockout, which makes him the WBA World Light Middleweight champion. Some days later, Angelo tells Vinny that he will be fighting Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán. Vinny is pleased, and gets in a car with his friend Jimmy to get some coffee. On the way, they are hit head-on by an oncoming car. Jimmy is hurt, but Vinny suffers a critical neck injury. As he regains consciousness in the hospital, the doctor informs him that he might never walk again, and will certainly never fight again. He offers to better Vinny’s chances of walking by performing a spinal fusion. While this would guarantee that he can walk again, it would limit movement in his neck. Thus, boxing would be out of the question. Against his doctor’s recommendation, Vinny opts to be fitted with a Halo, a medical device in which a circular metal brace is screwed into the skull in four spots, and propped up with four metal rods. This would allow him to regain movement in his neck, which could allow him to box again. Despite Vinny’s optimism, the notion is rejected by Kevin.
Disobeying his doctors’ advice, Vinny begins to work out in his basement. He tells Kevin, who agrees to help him. Angelo eventually catches them, and kicks Kevin out of the house.
Six months after the accident, Vinny is ready to have the halo removed. He chooses to endure the pain of having the screws removed without taking any sedatives.
In his comeback match, it is confirmed that Vinny will fight against Durán. The fight is held in Las Vegas, in 1990. In the first six rounds, Vinny is overpowered by Durán. Then suddenly — inspired by his own tenacity — Vinny lands a good punch late in the fight. Vinny eventually wins, via 12-round majority decision (114-114, 115-113, 115-113).
In the final scene, Vinny is interviewed by a journalist. She asks him about the biggest lie he was ever told as a boxer. Vinny pauses, then says the biggest lie is, “It’s not that simple”.
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