Saturday, December 26, 2009

A mini interview with Tony "The Tiger" Baltazar

Tony Baltazar throwing a left hook to the body

Randy: Hello Tony, thanks for taking the time to join us today. We appreciate it. I enjoyed watching you fight back in the day, even more so because you were local. You always conducted yourself with class and dignity. Of all your fights the one I enjoyed the most was your win over Roger “The Mexican Assassin” Mayweather . You came through that night.

I was just curious who you recall as your toughest opponent and most meaningful victory. Which fight sticks out in your mind as a sore spot?

Also, what was it like having your dad in your corner?

I’m glad to hear that you are doing well and enjoying life. I hope you know that your fans have good memories of your fighting days.

Also, all of us here think the world of your dad. He’s a great guy and a good friend.

Tony: Hi Randy, Good morning and thank you for your question. Well let Me tell you a war story. The toughest Fighter I ever fought lasted only one round, It was with Max Cervantes He was from the philippines , we fought in Sacramento, Ca.. When the first round started He came at Me and hit Me with a left hook to my body it hurt so much that I wasn't able to move, I landed up against the ropes and And He just beat the living daylight out of Me, I thought the ref was going to stop the fight so I closed my eyes and I threw a left hook and right cross and landed it right on Max's chin, And thank God it was right on target He was out cold and the fight was over. I will always remember Mr Cervantes. Is hard to believe My hardest fight lasted only one round. Well Randy thank you for your question, Happy Holidays and God Bless you and your Family. Your friend Tony The Tiger Baltazar.

Randy: One more thing Tony, what are your thoughts on boxing today? It has changed since you were fighting. Is there any particular fighter that you follow? Or dislike?

Tony: Randy let Me finish with the last questions you asked. I really liked having My pop in my corner, Believe it or not I kind of felt safe knowing my Pop was giving Me intsructions on how to win the fights. Now fights today? Boxing today is so much diffrent today than it was when I was fighting, There isn't that many good trainers out there, Boxers today aren't being taught the skills to become world class fighters, Because the trainers dont know the skills themselfs to teach fighters. Its becoming a quick way to make money for the managers and the trainers, with no regards for the safety and wellfare of the fighters. Thank you again for the question. God bless Tiger.

Randy: Thanks for the reply, Tony. Sometimes the toughest opponents, just like in life are the unexpected ones. When I was taking my son to the gym years ago and remembering how easy it can be to stop throwing punches when someone can be overwhelming you, it's not so much the pain but the senses seem to shut down, I told him when you find yourself against the ropes or in the corner just punch, don't worry about where it will land, just punch. Sometimes it pays off.

It takes a special skill to work a son's corner. Lots of father's try, with good intentions but many of them fall short. It's a tough job. My son only had one amateur fight and I didn't work the corner but I was still a nervous wreck.

You and your brothers were lucky enough to have a father that was willing to bring in some pretty good cornermen to work with you.

I agree with you about the lack good trainers. There are a few but they are a dying breed. Money has become the priority.

Thanks again for the reply and your honesty. Best of luck in all you do. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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