So before I reply to old threads I figured today is a good day to begin a new one regarding one of my fighters who many of you have already seen. Joseph Macedo is quite a unique kid...ever meet a kid who was poor and spoiled at the same time? That was him. Immigrant Father (who used to fight the Cartels as a Police Officer in Mexico) who barely makes ends meet, but still manages to spoil his Son. Estranged Mother, like all troubled kids Joseph is well-spoken most of the time and has a likeable personality. I watched him be a troublemaker for a few years, but saw a lot of potential. Then one day when he was long-forgotten my other fighter Joey (Da Tooth) had him tome to the Gym in-tow, and asked me if I'd be willing to work with him. I agreed, and History was made, sort of. The first day I had him spar I said to him: "Forget all that brawling shit I used to watch you do. Fight however you want." And right away he'd go backwards. I knew this was no Chavez, this was a Marquez. Natural counter-puncher. However, he also had warrants out for his arrest for fleeing a weekend furlow FROM a Juvenile facility. It was just a matter of time, and that time was that year's Golden Gloves. He got arrested at the show before it began, and then had to do 8 months in another facility. When he got out we went right to work because he was full of those storied "prison promises" of never doing so and so again. But from October to February of that year was very productive for us. Here's a video of how Joseph looked the year before getting with me: This was our first tournament where he got fucked on the scale (they said he weighed over but there ain't no way he did, and they wouldn't let him burn off the 1lb they said he was over), but for some stupid reason they let him fight and embarrass the guy they gave the Title to: He got fucked as well in the Golden Gloves that next year, against a kid who went all the way to the finals in the Nationals. Everyone thought Joseph landed more telling shots and got hit less. But hey, whaddya gonna do? I think due to general discouragement he started falling apart. I got him a job, he got fired from it. Started doing dumb shit again and became terribly inconsistent. I try not to abandon people, though, even when problems arose between his Father and I. Like I'm part of the Family, his Father tents to drunk-text me that I'm a trouble-maker for encouraging Joseph to be his own man. Anyhow, as of recent he's been more consistent and despite not being able to fight at the recent tournament my fighters went to that the guy he sparred with (Rene Moreno) won, he is making his return to the ring this Friday night. Then next year we're coming for every major tournament we can get to. I have managers dying to sign this kid. Here's a bit of why: This session was against a guy whose trainer told me Joseph was too small: Rashad Ganaway has over 20 Pro fights, and two regional Titles: As of right now training for this fight is going very well. He's been consistent and been sparring a lot. Now it's just time to show he's not merely a Gym fighter, He's been doing this for almost 9 years now, but only recently (like Daijon), he's been in the ring with Pros, very high level Amateurs, and showing he deserves to be in there with them. We're pushing to make good of it all. Here's another of he and Rene Moreno (keeping in mind Rene was #2 in the U.S.): And this kid Chris Harris Jr. has nearly 40 Amateur fights, Joseph has 19. Chris has also been boxing since he was 4, so nearly 13 years: So come Friday and from there out, you're gonna hear a lot about this one. P.S. - During that session with Rene, one of the kids at the Gym said: "This is what it would look like if Chavez ever fought Finito Lopez."