Guest Editorial: A Fighter’s Prespective
Long-time local favorite Joaquin Zamora responds to Sunday’s guest editorial by Andy Rivera:
First off, I agree with some of the comments from Andy Rivera. I know he has been around the sport for a long time so I respect his opinion. In the situation of the Tapia card, I admittedly may be biased, but I do know that the promoter is on a specific or tight budget. So bringing fights the public wants to see may not be possible. How many local fighters are going to want to fight a Josh Torres or a Hector Munoz unless they are getting paid well? Bernardo Guereca, as I know, always comes to fight and to give his best. He is still capable of pulling off upsets, regardless of his record, which makes the sport of boxing special. In the Munoz fight, I know for a fact that for the pay, Jeremiah was the only fighter willing to a take on Hector, who is a tough fight for anybody.
Here’s a question, though: How many times has Hector gone into enemy territory as the “opponent?”
Why is it different for a New Mexico fighter to go into enemy territory but when they have a chance to fight on a local card against an “opponent,” it’s wrong? For example, I get one week, two week notice fight offers all the time. I was offered a Delvin Rodriguez fight on Feb. 15 back in December which I accepted. Plenty of time to be ready, right? I get a call back later that his team decided to fight George Tahdooahnippah who is 31-0-1, but has fought many mismatched opponents to have that kind of undefeated record and is nowhere near D-Rod’s skill level. This fight will be the main event on ESPN2 this Friday night. What am I supposed to do if the next option is a stay busy fight here in NM?
I do agree with the fact that a lot of pro debut fighters are being allowed to fight against fighters that are way above their skill level. I’m really high on fighters having an amateur background before going to the next level. Knowing the fundamentals of boxing improve safety from the get-go. From a fighter’s perspective, most of the time we fight whoever is in the opposite corner. Depending on the level of who they are fighting, a fighter wants to be paid accordingly. He/she is the one putting in the long hours of training and fighting, right? The managers, promoters, and matchmakers dictate who fights who. Another thing to realize is that many times, a manager/advisor/family relative has a lot of say on who their fighter will fight. A promoter’s concern is putting butts in the seats and is hoping to make a profit. This fact places a lot of power in the manager’s hands, if they know they have a fighter who is a draw. I know Andy realizes that a lot of negotiating, in every aspect of a fight card, takes place to get fighters on a card. In the state we live in, going against certain people’s wishes or when a fighter speaks up for themselves can really put a damper on a fighter’s career. So what’s fighter/trainer/manager to do?
Again, I completely respect Andy’s opinion and agree with some of it. We all have our own opinions and realize many people will not agree with mine which is fine. Just wanted to put my two cents in for whatever its worth.