Rodriguez vs Figueroa recap and thoughts

Tough weekend for Angel Figueroa sacrificing his unbeaten record and facing top prospect and signed Top Rank promotions fighter Julian Rodriguez in front of Rodriguez hometown crowd in Atlantic City NJ.
In a scheduled 4 round bout, the first round both fighters met in the middle of the ring exchanging heavy artillery with Rodriguez landing the more telling blows. The first solid body shot which forced Figueroa to take a knee and paved the way for the next two knock downs.
Figueroa survives the first round and the warrior he is, pleads to the doctors and to me that he wants to continue.
Second round, Angel boxing and moving, using his jab with some success. It was the relentless Rodriguez who comes back mixing up both body and head shots rocking Angel Figueroa in different occasions, and Figueroa still trying to battle back with little effect.
End of round two, doctors look in closely asking Angel if he wanted to continue. With the big heart and warrior spirit, Angel Figueroa still wants to keep fighting. I looked closely and weighed all the factors that Angel still has the potential to have a great career and I decided to save it by stopping the fight even though my fighter still wanted to continue.
This was a very difficult situation but and the end of the day, it’s the fighters safety that counts and still able to fight again another day.
Rodriguez wins by TKO and improves to 4-0 (3 KO’s) and Figueroa falls to 3-1-1 (0 KO’s)



Looking for a big win June 14th Angel Figueroa vs Julian Rodriguez


Angel “El Fuego” Figueroa

2 weeks ago I jumped on the opportunity to work with Angel Figueroa to help train and strategize his big fight against decorated amateur champion and signed Top Rank fighter Julian Rodriguez on a televised Top Rank Show. It’s in Angel’s attitude that he fears no one in his weight class and pushes himself to the max every day in training. This is why he chose to test the unbeaten prospect from Jersey while
putting his own unbeaten record on the line as well.
From what I’ve been seeing in training, Rodriguez better be ready for a war!


In the corner of Wilkins ” The Hurricane ” Santiago

Great opportunity came my way to be in the corner of Wilkins Santiago July 13th at the mountaineer casino on the Roy Jones Jr. Promotions as Santiago looks to improve to 10-0 And crack the top 30th ranking. He will be facing tough Gilbert Venegas 13-9 who has tough fights with Jesus Soto Karass and Mike Jones.

It’s going be a great fight and Can’t wait!image

The “Mental Edge” applied into the fight game

Tonight I’m going to give out a snippet of a new book that I’m writing called ” The Sweet Science Applied into MMA”. It’s an informational book on my experiences,  personal knowledge, strategy, and tricks of the trade in Boxing. In this snippet, I talk about  mind programming in the “Mental Edge” section. With studies in the field of NLP, (neuro linguistic programing) and observations in the fight game, this is what I came up with..



I’ve seen fighters lose the fight before the fight even began. To get the mental edge, you have to figure out how your mind works. Your mind is like an advanced computer and like any computer, you need the right program for the situation. You need to put positive messages in your mind. For example, if you go into a fight thinking “ I knock people out” but if you go against an opponent that you cannot knock out, you must change your program to “ out pointing him” to a decision. If you cannot change the program, it puts the fighter into a state of confusion when he does not get the knock out. He then becomes mindful and will not be as efficient.bad-boy-promotions-12-10-11 354

I remember experiencing a fight where the fighter ( a champion noted for his knock outs ) was losing the fight on points. When he came back to the corner, the trainer asked him if he wanted to stop the fight in an attempt to motivate him. The fighter clearly was still “in” the fight and still had a really good chance of winning. But after his trainer asked him that, the fighter was not the same and  at the end, he quit.

If we go back and look at that statement “do you want me to stop the fight?” in his mind, “stop the fight” was embedded into his subconscious. Now by him being a champion and a noted knock out artist, not being able to knock out his opponent put him into a state of confusion. Then after his trainer made the statement, that’s when he lost it. The fighter was fed the wrong programming.




A good program to run before training or a fight is to picture yourself not winning, but executing your combinations with accuracy. Picture your movements precise! Act tough. You want to use good physiology. You want to use good body language. Put a good positive statement into your mind. A good statement that worked for me was “ I LOVE THIS!” I went into a judo tournament once where I broke the golden rule and did not train properly. I was beating myself up with negative messages and then I found the perfect program to run through my mind. I asked myself,  if someone were to attack me on the street, how would I react? If someone was to attack me now and my life was in jeopardy, there would be no excuse but to survive! I ended up taking first place! You have to get the right positive message into your mind to give you that mental edge.