Friday, February 02, 2024

Carl Weathers 1948 2024

Very sad news. Carl Weathers has passed away. I do not yet know the circumstances. 

He was, literally,  the other half of Rocky and Rocky II. I met him briefly in 1976. He was friendly and approachable and spoke casually with all the boxers during the filming of Rocky. 

He embodied the role of Apollo Creed and that is how I will remember him. Many other roles for sure but he was Apollo Creed. 

Our condolences to his family, friends and many fans. He was 76. R.I.P. Champ!

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Ryan Garcia and Defeat

 "A champion is someone who gets up when he can't!" - Jack Dempsey, Heavyweight Champion 1919-1926

A good trainer can teach a young fighter to jab, hook, slip a punch and counter punch, along with all the intricacies that go along with training; skipping rope, running, a proper diet, etc, etc, etc.

However, there are some things that cannot be taught. In boxing, we call it the intangibles,  intestinal fortitude, heart. That comes from inside a man (or woman). Some things can only be learned.

Last night, at some point in his fight with Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia realized he bit off more than he can chew. He was in over his head. He had no answers.

Losses are a part of boxing, for most a loss is inevitable.  You can lose a decision or be knocked out and still be, internally undefeated.

That's not the case with Garcia. Davis took his will. Garcia's eyes said it all, he was defeated. Did he quit? Maybe, but only he knows the truth.That said, I am not going to kick a man when he's down. I'm pretty sure he is kicking himself harder than any of us could.Boxing is a tough business. It takes a lot to step into the ring, more than you could possibly imagine.

Whether or not, Garcia can get past this loss or not is entirely up to him. He failed his first "Baptism of Fire" but facing the aftermath of the loss will provide him with another.  First he needs a rest and thinking time but the first order of business should be about the loyalty of his handlers. It is time to make the leap from boyhood to manhood. Clean your own house.

The relationship between a trainer and a fighter has always been similar to a father and son, in my case, more like grandfather and grandson. In some ways, not all mind you, a good trainer will know you better than your wife knows you.

"How you feeling today kid?"

"You seem a little pale today, you sleeping okay?""

"I need you to take a couple of days off. Relax and get back to the gym on Monday.

A good trainer cares and notices every detail of your life. Most importantly,  he knows when you're ready to move up, regardless of how confident a fighter is. That's his job.

Other times, the relationship between a fighter and trainer, or a fighter and promoter can be more akin to a bickering couple on the verge of divorce. You need to pay attention to the signs.

Get back on the horse Ryan Garcia. Learn to reach deep. Find your heart and face your adversity. I'll be rooting for you on your comeback and for Pete's sake, shorten up the hook - it'll help you on the inside - keep your chin down and stop swinging so wide

Friday, April 21, 2023

A Day to Remember: Face to Face with Roberto Duran.

The greatest living fighter today. The greatest lightweight of all time. One of the pound for pound greatest fighter to grace the boxing ring and one of the Four Kings. Also a gentleman and a nice guy. An absolute honor to meet him and shake his hand.

It was good to see my friend former boxer Burney Spencer, also great to meet Anthony Huizar, Ray Mercer and Alfonso Zamora.
A monumental day in the life of Randy De La O!
A huge thanks to Gene Aguilera and Chris Smith for putting this event together.

Staring down a Legend

Sharing a laugh


Shaking hands with greatness

With Burney Spencer

With Anthony Huizar

With Ray Mercer

With Alfonso Zamora

At El Pollo Fino Mexican Restaurant, Anaheim, California 92805

Saturday, April 15, 2023

The Fighting Life: Dennis Rappaport, "My philosophy of managing brought ...

An outstanding interview and narrative by Dennis Rappaport on his career and boxing experience. A time capsule of boxing when it was still the premiere sport in the country, if not the world. Give it a watch.

Marvin Hagler vs Tommy Hearns: A Moment in Time

Marvin Hagler (Champion) vs Tommy Hearns (Challenger)

Referee: Richard Steele

April 15, 1985

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

At Stake: The Undisputed Middleweight Championship of the World

Marvin Hagler KO 3RD round Tommy Hearns

The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat in all it's Glory. It takes two to tango and both men gave their all to give us a once in a lifetime fight.

Friday, April 14, 2023

Gervonta Davis vs Ryan Garcia

The general consensus seems to favor Gervonta Davis but my gut instinct says Ryan Garcia wins this one. Not betting the house on it though but Garcia needs to do two things; shorten up his hook and keep his chin down...otherwise.

There are not too many fights lately that grab my attention. Neither guy should be considered great at this point but a victory for either fighter would be a step in the right direction. 

As always, may the best man win.- Randy De La O

Sunday, January 08, 2023

The Jack Dempsey Story

Years ago, 1966 to be exact, in the 7th grade at Mary Meller Junior High School in Pico Rivera California, this book, "The Jack Dempsey Story" by Gene Schoor caught my eye. By the time I was done reading it I was hooked.

The book itself is probably not the most in depth book on Dempsey but it was written for young readers and it was inspiring. This book is the genesis of my life long love affair with the sport of boxing (along with my father and Muhammad Ali). I checked it out from the library more times than I can remember during my junior high years.

I own other books on Dempsey but through the years I was always on the lookout for this particular book. One day, a few years back on Amazon, I searched for Jack Dempsey books, and lo and behold, there it was. Needless to say, I bought it.

Coincidentally, this book was also, at one time, a library book at a school in California. 

Probably more than you need to know but I thought I would share this.

Saturday, January 07, 2023

Carl Weathers 1948 2024

Very sad news. Carl Weathers has passed away. I do not yet know the circumstances.  He was, literally,  the other ha...