(MAY 3) WBAN has added a new "Top
Tips" for boxers who are looking to take fights out of the
country. In our original TOP TEN Tips, boxing Manager, Brian
Cohen, gave some great tips for boxers. [Link to Brian Cohen's
to Brian Cohen's ATop Ten Boxing Tips]
WBAN is now going to add more "Top Tips" that we feel will be
beneficial to fighters looking to fight outside their country.
There are many "Do's and Don't" and we welcome the public who
have additional tips to email us with them, with their own
firsthand experiences. [link to WBAN's email]
Our latest contributor, world champion Amanda "The Real Deal"
Serrano tells us some of the pitfalls that she and her team
encountered, in order to give the boxers more useful "tools" in
deciding if they would like to take the chance in fighting out
of the country.
Amanda Serrano's Top Tips:
Tip:- Glove Size: It is important to ask for glove size. Do not
assume that the gloves are the standard size that you normally
wear. Once you get to the venue, you may find yourself having to
fight about which gloves you wear. Standard for weights under
147 are 8 oz., and 10 oz. for anything over that weight. They
don't put it in the contract so please beware.
[WBAN suggests that it may be something that should be included
in the contract if possible. Even if a supposed federation may
have their rules on such matters....it may be another issue that
they many not even follow their own rules and regulations.]
Tip- Cut Man: Do not assume that you will be able to have a "cut
man" in a foreign country. Most times they do not fly in your cutman for budgetary reasons. A bit of advice: Ask for someone
with knowledge to be available there at your fight. If
not.....it can mean you might get TKO'd ----if you get cut. In
my firsthand experience with this in Sweden when I fought Frida
Wallberg, they refused to get us one and to our dismay, the
commission did nothing about it.
Tip - Interpreter: Make sure that you have an Interpreter.
Otherwise, you will be at a total loss as to what is being said,
and totally clueless as to what is being said to you.
Tip - Press Time: Request enough time to rest before you land
and have to start a promotional tour. Your opponent who is more
than likely local are allotted with time, and with no
distractions. In our own recent experience, we walked in after
an 18 hour trip, to do an open workout and photos. It was
absolutely crazy. We were told that they had to get it in for
the promotion, and they had little time left.
Serrano gives some Top Tips
about fighting out of the country
Serrano told WBAN, "It's so crazy what they do and how they mess
you up. I would like to tell boxers to make sure they pay
attention to every detail from the start. We experienced some
really odd things. The person on the scale was the promoter, her
manager and trainer! Talk about jack of all traits.
"Also, to boxers...once you are their on their turf....and you
have gone through all you have to get there. You are going to be
almost force to fight or leave with NO pay at all. Most will
make the terrible choice of going through with it. We did!....So
please, please, please....ask ALL of these questions BEFORE you
even agree to take the fight. If these questions are not
met...Stay Home!" added Serrano.
In conclusion, Serrano told WBAN about her fight in Sweden,
"There are so many other things that went wrong. Sue it's crazy.
Judges, no inspectors in the locker rooms supervising while
being hand-wrapped. They didn't even give us bottle water or a
bucket. We practically begged for one from one of the other
fighters. It's too much to bring your on the plane cause of
baggage allowance on the plane."