How many good, young, promising fighters are out there? How many fade into obscurity before we even hear of them? Why does this happen? I propose there comes a critical moment in many boxers' career where they are faced with the task of leaving their local gym and trainer and moving into the national scene. But how do these guys make good decisions at this point? They need to choose a good trainer and develop decent and fair deals with his (or her) financial backers. But these guys are often in the early 20s or younger and, frankly, don't know a whole lot about how the world works. Worse yet, some guys (like the guy discussed below) live and fight away from the major boxing hubs. Consequently, they don't get noticed. So what should these guys do?
I attended a boxing event this past weekend in Morgantown, West Virginia. The main event featured Tommy Karpency vs. Chuck Mussachio. I previewed both boxers on youtube prior to attending. Karpency is a local kid and the venue was abuzz with optimism. I was skeptical, but was proven wrong. Karpency dominated the fight convincingly, advancing his record to 18-1-1 and retaining his regional NABO belt. But this post isn't about the fight, its about the dilemma now facing Karpensky and many other fighters like him.
He's got a ton of natural talent, but no idea how to use it. Karpensky throws three punches: jab, a devastating left hook, and a little right hook that doesn't look particularly effective. He goes to the body well. His defense is reminiscent of PBF, tucked chin with a lot of slips. But the guy never counters, and he drops his hands while throwing hooks. The problem, it seems, is that the only trainer he's ever had is his father - and his father has taken Karpensky as far as he can.
He needs a new trainer. He needs a someone to give him a shot. One optioned I've heard is to collect a significant wad of cash and hire a top trainer. The numbers I heard thrown around were in the 5 figure range. But in order to raise that money, this boxer and others like him may resort to questionable and unfavorable deals (x% of career earnings, etc...). So my questions to the community are such: Are there better ways for kids like this to take the next step? If a cash outlay is required, what amounts of money are we talking about here? What kind of financing/investor deals are typical? What trainer or level of trainer is appropriate for a guy at this stage of his career?
The kid has got potential and he's at a crticial point in his career. I suspect there are many other boxers just like him who reach this point. I also suspect most make critical mistakes at this point and fade into obscurity. How can these guys avoid those mistakes?