“Preparation is the hard part, fighting is the fun part.”
That quote is from boxing great Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. About a month ago I was in Tahoe and met Guerrero a few times while he was training for his big fight Saturday night against Selcuk Aydin at HP Pavilion in San Jose.
It was very interesting and cool to watch the focus as Guerrero went through his training exercises. In boxing, it’s all about focus because if you lose it for just a few seconds in a fight there is a good chance you will be getting knocked out.
After 7 weeks training in the altitude of Tahoe where his daily regimen was eat, sleep and train (no TV at his compound) Guerrero is ready to take on the undefeated Aydin with the winner possibly getting a shot at Floyd Mayweather once he has completed his time in jail.
Good luck to ‘The Ghost” who is great guy, and make sure to head to HP Pavilion to watch the local Guerrero or catch the fight on Showtime this Saturday night.
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Also training in Tahoe was Jose Ramirez who will be representing USA at London in the 2012 Olympics in boxing. Good luck to Jose in trying to bring back a medal.
Wishing Ramirez good luck is a nice Segway because I am excited for the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremonies tonight and the chance to watch so many incredible athletes over the next few weeks. It’s going to be great to watch the passion, pressure and intensity as athletes who have trained for 4 years get to take the World’s stage.
In the past year the NBA and NFL had to shut down their leagues as the owners and unions negotiated a new CBA. The NHL as most hockey fans know are in negotiations with the NHLPA to agree on a new CBA and hockey fans everywhere are hoping both sides can come to terms before September 15 as the year long lockout in 2004 doesn’t seem like a distant memory anymore.
Meanwhile, the Olympic athletes know they won’t make a lot of money from their respective sports but nonetheless sacrifice everything for that one opportunity to participate in the Olympics with the hope of bringing a medal back to their home country. Guerrero used another quote, “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”, something I’m sure every Olympic athlete has lived by for the past 4 years.
Good luck to all the athletes participating. Good luck to Canada, I’ll be rooting you on. Good luck to Team USA who I’ll also be cheering for when they aren’t going against Canadian athletes.
On a very sad note, my heart goes out to Robbie Ftorek and his family on the terrible news this past week that his daughter Anna, 23, suddenly passed away. Robbie was a major influence to me as a hockey player as he was my first head coach in pro when I played for the Halifax Citadels.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Robbie, his wife Wendy and their family. May God help them as this difficult time.