speaking to Tony Rivera a few weeks ago about the situation with 50Cent, we
received plenty of responses. We asked Tony what YOU wanted to know. Enjoy:
WBC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT:
I was not expecting this type of acknowledgement for the years put it in
this beautiful sport, so it was quite special. I was getting ready to go
overseas to another assignment, when I got the call, I dedicated to my
beautiful mother, who always told me, son, get a "real job". I think she
would have been real proud of me. I just wished she could have been there
There's been plenty of those! Perhaps the one that kind of stands out, is
being on the President of Panama's private plane to take us back to Panama
to celebrate one of many Roberto Duran's victories, also meeting various
presidents, Panama, Brazil, Dominican Republic.
WHY I GOT INTO BOXING:
I've always have had a passion for boxing, I gave up a very lucrative job to
stay in boxing! Now I can't get out! (too late)
WHO HAVE I WORKED WITH:
The list is endless, so I'll just name a few, Roberto Duran, Alexis Arguello,
Pipino Cuevas, Carlos "Bolillo" Gonzales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Joan
Guzman, Alberto "Raton" Jimenez, and my newest achievement, crowning Argenis
Mendez, crowned March 9, 2013 in Costa Mesa, California.
TONY RIVERA OUTSIDE OF BOXING:
After a big fight, I usually drive up north of Los Angeles and hang out in
by the beach in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, without a cell phone! I
also manage a few Rock Bands, I also enjoy attending various concerts
throughout So. Cal. I also enjoy dancing a lot.
WHAT THEY DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME:
I danced for a living 8 years at the same time being a DJ for some of the
most exclusive clubs in Southern California.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOXING TODAY & YESTERDAY:
15 ROUNDS! Enough said...Too many Champions!
BOXING IN A DECLINE:
Again, too many champions! The level of competition has been "watered down"
not enough knowledgeable trainers, it’s like the blind leading the blind.
WHAT CAN BE DONE:
Pretty much nothing! Just roll with the punches! Too many Wannabes. It is no
longer a sport, it’s a BIG TIME BUSINESS!
OLD SCHOOL BOXING:
It meant, Discipline, good solid trainers, tough opponents, (no cherry
picking) 15 ROUNDS! BIG DIFFERENCE!
A good solid trainer should study opponents alone, you don't want to scare
your fighter, you can't have the fighter second guessing the trainer.
TAKING A FIGHT ON SHORT NOTICE:
If your fighter has been training correctly and is in shape, take the
fight! If not don't even consider it.
That's something besides heart, that CANNOT be taught you are born with it.
Either you have it, or you don't.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A WORLD CHAMPION:
A solid team, a connected manager, a seasoned trainer, a solid cut man! No
neighbors or friends in the corner.
DIFFERENCE OF TODAY'S FIGHTERS AS OLD TIME FIGHTERS:
Better competition, in better shape.
OVER RATED FIGHTERS:
I don't excited with an undefeated fighter that has an inflated record,
until he fights someone that can actually fight back.
FAVORITE ALL TIME FIGHTER:
That's the easiest question, hands down, Roberto "Mano de Piedra" Duran
FAVORITE CURRENT FIGHTER:
Manny Pacquiao, he has done so much for boxing in the last 10 years.
FIGHTERS TO WATCH:
Oscar valdez, Mexican Olympian & Paul Fleming out of Australia