Teamsters Hispanic Caucus Boxing Show

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According to the judges, Kevin Delgado won his fight against Danny Vaz da Costa. But many disagreed with that decision, including most of the audience at the Teamsters City Auditorium Friday night and even a couple of coaches from Delgado’s gym.

The Oakley Fight Club fighter started strong, but Danny adjusted and matched Delgado’s intensity by the end of round 1. Then Danny proceeded to throw almost twice as many punches as his opponent in rounds 2 and 3. Danny is an accurate puncher who hits hard. Delgado looked miserable and wouldn’t even look Danny in the eye after the fight. From my point-of-view, it wasn’t even a close fight.

For example, in the second round Danny threw a short hook-cross combination as a feint and quickly followed it with a long left hook that landed on the chin and made Delgado stumble back. When Delgado regained his balance his face met Danny’s glove again. That’s the straight left you see in the picture above.

What is most upsetting is not that the judges would give the win to the fighter from the gym hosting the event. Unfortunately, that kind of favoritism is common in amateur boxing. A fighter in Danny’s position often has to stop his opponent to get a win, and he took the fight knowing that. Had the rounds been 3 minutes long, as open-division rounds are supposed to be, Danny could have stopped Delgado. These guys are not novice fighters anymore. Why were the rounds only 2 minutes long?

Of all aspects of the sport, conditioning is the most important for a boxer. The logic behind the statement is irrefutable: if a fighter is too tired to do anything right, his skill, speed, power, toughness and intelligence are worthless. Danny came prepared and after a mere six minutes of fighting felt he could have gone another three rounds, while Mr. Delgado looked tired.

It’s safe to say that Danny was robbed of the time he needed to stop his opponent and avoid leaving the outcome to the judges’ subjective, inaccurate and possibly unethical decision.

Luckily, a rematch is likely. If Delgado stays at 132 lbs and fights in the Chicago area, he should face Danny again before long.

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Update:

Danny Vaz da Costa of FLO Boxing and Kevin Delgado of the Oakley Fight Club have one thing in common: their Chicago Golden Gloves finals opponent was Isaac Lujano. Delgado defeated Lujano in 2013 at 123 lbs, and Danny beat him at 132 lbs in 2014. The two GG champs will face each other in a 132 lb open division bout on 10/16 at the Teamsters City Auditorium (328 S. Marshfield Ave, Chicago). It should be a good one.

On a separate update, I had my first boxing class yesterday and the second one today. Jab, cross, hook, uppercut. It was just like riding a bike, except the bike was on fire, the ground was on fire, and I was on fire. Everything was on fire because I was in hell.

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Since I started recording Danny’s boxing fights in this blog, I’ve become a bit of a student of the sweet science. I watch pro fights on TV, read blogs and talk about boxing with a few fighters I know. It’s necessary research that I enjoy doing.

The other day I was discussing training methodology with a boxer I know, and we disagreed. He said the approach in question — more about that in a future blog, perhaps — would not work for him because boxing is different. I thought he was wrong, but what do I know?

To be honest, I only know one thing about training as a boxer: it’s intense. But it might be fundamentally different from training in karate or cycling, the sports in which I competed. So I decided to join Danny’s gym and find out. Call it research that I may or may not enjoy doing. I start this tomorrow, and I’ll let you know how it goes.

Proud Boxing Dad