Government Provided Universal Summit
Poor Propaganda? Or is it Even Poorer Treatment Behind A Bigger Agenda?
Part 4 by George Diaz Smith (Sept 8, 2004) Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Last August 26th two-day summit meeting was held in DC at the RFK Memorial Stadium. Along the State parks and Recreation centers with the state sports and local commission… an all too familiar resonating message was played to the tune of reforms. Several have come out of their pockets to spirit the joust with the toss of a javelin for a dutiful attempt… when after all…. somebody’s looking for accountability somewhere in the privatization sides. Ponies are all lined up for the races spearheaded by John McCain. They may just find a stonewall in its wake however attempting to privatize fighters that haven’t exactly made their marks coming out of the Olympics, and let’s face some facts, the World has already caught up to a lot since those days of the 1976 Montreal games since yesterday.
They’re actually looking to privatize boxing like the NFL and Nascar enough to pump fossil fumes to choke you along to numb you for turning a blind eye along the lines of high performance enhancer drugs. For any country to go tell another on how to run businesses, you’ve got to start cleaning your own house first. We’re certainly the last to be able to endear any others towards that notion on how to clean when we’re pretty much in need of a better manicure to hide the grimier fingernails. Neither an exhaust pipe at both ends… nor a pipeline has been connected or bridged for driving household finance to deliberating pension funds for proper visitors and aliens making American bucks here, so the candle hasn’t burned both ways. When you come to think that lifetime pensions are in existence for champions of the Philippines, and even for the more meager value sense of a gold medallist from Cuba, then you begin to be getting the start of this entire picture where it’s all headed.
Does Its Own Design mar an Ali Act?
You’ve gotten an earful about my thoughts on it. From the slightest cheap shots McCain has internalized telling wrongs with boxing… to the main objective to win private infestations of controlling an already governing world game. We have now in the wings an American Boxing Czar in sheep’s clothing. I hate to say it, but driving foreign investments away is what we’re doing. Boxing has always been a bit bigger then us to date largely due from its foreign participation… and to attempt to occupy thoughts on driving it to a Daytona 500 or Monday Night Football mentality in exchange for when other’s have soccer and International Basketball games to attend to; is a bit like asking someone to switch to another brand in light of a ginger ale or beer. A bit of grandstanding wouldn’t you say? How does McCain figure into breaking the promoter from the fighter when it’s a willing attraction? Does this have anything to do with congressional suited attired gentlemen looking to promote along their own control? This is not at all Doubleday’s invention on America’s passionate favorite pastime; this is called boxing.
Found referendums bring strict restrictions, which I am entirely for. A broader good for pension plans could do some better things for voluntary recruits. However to mandate them for everyone fighting in the entire states and abroad will bring another question on the raise regarding the duel citizenship some fighters do hold from fighters abroad. Do they have to choose? Unfairly taking money out of non-citizens participating in on matches here is as foully ever-present as a low blow that there ever could be in boxing; and citizens could much do some good themselves having a right as well to pick up their cupid cherub’s arrow from their home front finding their cheque. There is a fine line dividing New Mexico, as well as in most Caribbean and South-Central American boarders that necessitates for people to help their families from home. Can you imagine any American fighter going overseas to pay into their foreign governmental pension plans too? Sanctioning another body or calling it by any other name is as ordinate as the Pope’s truth to not be fairing so very well in Merry old` England. America is at a disadvantage somehow advocating for another league oddly enough of it’s own that’s been here for centuries before I’m afraid. Boxing is an ancient art. We don’t go to Japan rewriting a Judoka’s creation, or go mandating Thai-boxing as to how it is to be practiced in Thailand. These things are unheard of.
From what I understand Ali got fed up enough with the Holyfield-Lewis fight to get a hold of McCain. There is a good chance that rules like in the OIC, WBU, and European Boxing Union will show resistance to there’s no end regarding these domestic disputes from home. Surely we’ll be commenting for ages to come as to this legislation.
Some of us have mixed -- or solidly voiced opinions on the subject.
Before John McCain passed innuendos regarding Julio Cesar Chavez’ financial status… we ought to ask about as to where the rumor he got on JC Superstar being broke somewhere in order to be believing it. Aside from wanting to hear him say so publicly in Mexico, what about addressing the despicable unfathomable spectacle placed on two heroes like Rocky Marciano and Joe Louis? On the one Marciano was forced to fight Louis so Joe could eat, and the one tab that this government hadn’t picked up on for his burial? How about fixing the numerous drug abuses fighters constantly sustain having no help to detour, or forever enslaved and addicted from? How about some real reforming?
On the legislation passed
Here’s what we do know. Boxing and boxers are a business. In a way we’re taking businesses away from the profession placing money into amateur athletics as it is. This mind you isn’t what an AAU or an OIC regulated committee had in mind. Somewhere here lays the truth. When you think that a less than hungrier JASON Estrada living out in quaint suburbs brings weight-gain and a philosophy as to his method of madness, we ought to listen to more reasoning -- and start reading between the lines. Life is not that good after all.
Hispanics above all else have an unattached feeling regarding choices for putting their monies in cooperation with pensions… unless it advances their careers, at best
seeing where their money goes. They’re reluctant for the most part to inviting a governmental privatizing ploy for political processes regarding their own home issues. Some of us are indeed our own brother’s keepers. What’s in it for the family away? We have to take a bigger look as to the empowerment before we leap into privatized agendas that sells a good outlook, but doesn’t insecurely trample equal rights as to necessarily choosing home fronts. It isn’t quite like picking beans or ripe grapes. Boxing should have a supplemental pension plan for all fighters, but this legislation goes far and beyond just that. In theory it sounds fundamentally sound enough, but not in practice. Educating a fighter is the first step. Earnings taken in portions for an education on how they could further their money is what they ought to be doing in a place like America. Yes education is costly, and it is exactly why it should be in place for the future. Fighters have responsibilities too for family care.
Could you imagine the net worth of a fighter like Hector “Macho” Camacho would have been able to be today with an education in business from a prestigious college?
In many ways we’re still there now. If it came between a small retirement pension, and a guaranteed four-year college education, I say put money away for educating the pug, the hell with the stipend. Latinos are smart people who value education.
In a year for women in the 2004 Olympics, ask some of the young ladies and mothers as to what they’d rather have, a sound education for them, or funds for pension plans that places just as much stormier risks dampening any chances to furthering an education? Don’t think for a moment that I’m against pensions.
Champions should’ve had been pensioned in the United States years ago… but much more importantly all the fighters breaking into any top ten should have their portions of money placed aside in escrow for educational purposes about schooling. Penalties would enforce it. Here’s what I think. If government wanted to sell you on corporate welfare to subsist dependently on it, then they’re perfectly comfortable for you to live off of it instead of you asking and demanding for an education. They’ll be more than happy to assist you. Special interest groups would love nothing better.
Don’t ask the few dinosaurs around in palookaville who pocketed much investing just because you the fight fan paid fully the price of the tickets… while the smart fighter had gotten a degree; for which he should be highly complimented. Now those fighters that didn’t need education either can thank you because the government is making it easier for them in breaking the odds. Yeah right.
We know they’re only interested in a Heavyweight to fatten up -- with perhaps a smaller superstar somewhere along these lines of selling the entire navigation of pugilists for a harder sell. They’re striving for commercialisms to pitch in the notion that boxing does have benefits too, pensions.
Here’s my ad campaign, I call for the first governing body to bestow college to athletic athletes in professional boxing, with incentives for Champions paying into the college of their choice, for then the other sanctioning bodies to follow suit.
Family species are not extinct.
Throughout the years we’ve witnessed an alarming literacy rate for Third World countries on the rise for whatever hardships or poverty that they may have, in contrast to our own falling literacy’s sakes. We’re supposed to do and be better.
A failing health care system with promises in the horizons aren’t looking too encouraging these days; and yet government is pushing for stipends to the ultimate privatization in boxing. Something smells atrociously fowl about that. We need so much more. We all should be appealing all the governing sanctioning bodies to push for educating so that the participants can create their own pensions by virtue of using teachings inside of the classroom; and not only for a handful of fighters government targets to set aside an example upon. This is a cooperating picking.
It is interesting to note that in other countries they’ve retired and pensioned many in amateur competitions for medals… and we’re left here scrambling for a select few at the professional ranks.
We asked some questions on what’s good about the legislation, and here’s on what some of the boxing fraternity had to tell from forms gathered in on it both good and bad.
Given that an Ali referendum Act of legislation is the topic, what are the positive and negative things regarding inside about it?
Luke Dodemaide, contributing Boxing Scribe for Doghouse explains, “I think the Muhammad Ali legislation is a positive step forward for the sport of boxing, the fans and the fighters. The sport needs to be cleaned up and John McCain must be applauded this attempt. Boxers are exploited more than any other athletes. It's about time someone stood up for them, the promoters rarely do and the organizations are in the same boat as well.”
He also states, “The Muhammad Ali legislation isn't going to fix up all boxing problems over night, but at least it is taking the sport in the right direction. Too many crimes in boxing go unnoticed and without consequence. The legislation is something for these people to answer to and be punished by.”
Frank Espinoza, pro manager of IBF Super Bantamweight champ Israel Vazquez from the Wild Card gym, sees it more like this, “You know, I think it should be cleaned up. I think the Ali Act is very good because it protects the fighter in this respect. You know it’s really like slavery otherwise. Its like the promoter should have the leverage to hold a fighter down instead of using him better. I think it stipulates there that it could only be signed for a year or so for the promoter, so I’m really for the real Ali legislation Act for the protection of the fighter… because a promoter might have him signed for five years… and then just have him sitting there. So I’m for it in that aspect.”
WBA 147-pound Welterweight Champion Jose Antonio Rivera’s own response was,
“I am going to have to agree with you on this 100%. I think using the money for education is right on the money.”
Part-time scriber for BraggingRightsCorner.com and full-time financial consultant Darren Yates, the Thunder From Down Under talks regarding pension funds… “Sounds good in theory but foreign fighters need to be looked after and have accessibility for the funds to be controlled by system in their own country. For example, in Australia we have Superannuating where these funds could be held for a fighter until he reaches retirement age, at least the fighter can monitor his money.”
Antagonist, humorist, and devout Zab Judah, Kermit Cintron, and Agapito Sanchez fan, known as Chimichanga, says, “I can do with a pension without doing away with the healthcare. For whatever fingers that dig inside to feed in on that cherry pie, no better topping can whip ice cream on top. If you can’t dress it up, it isn’t any good.”
No better spokesperson can transcend across like this next guest. Any grassroots head of retirement pensions should hear a more elaborate breakdown. Here is someone who has done just that. He’s held the title for a database called “Retired Boxers Foundation” many years making a difference, and still going strong. His Hero Biography reads like this: Four-Time Golden Gloves champion, 1984 USBA middleweight champion, 1986 California middleweight champion, member of USA national boxing team from 1978-80 (1980 Olympics in Moscow were boycotted by President Carter), so on and so forth. Very few are or have done what this gentlemen has so quickly enterprise, and assembled vast communities together with a bond of common purpose, sense of pride, and tactfulness, and I’m so proud to call him my friend.
A real pioneer and Community-Pro-Active compatriot Middleweight of NBC’s
“Tomorrow’s Champions” 80s star Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos, he had this to say, “As far as McCain? I think he wants people to think he care about the sport and the athletes, but the truth of the matter is he is more interested in the political benefits ($$$). If he were serious, the Ali legislation would be enforceable. What it is right now is the words of people like Teddy Atlas, the ABC and a bunch of other people who have never set foot in a boxing ring, have no idea what it's like to grow up in the barrios or the ghettos, and therefore, no clue about what the fighters think needs to be done to improve the sport. It’s all a front.”
Alex tells me, “I like to hear from you. For those who say you can't help the RBF that is not true. As long as you continue to believe in what we do, then you are a supporter and we need that. Some days Jacquie and I want to give up, and then we get an email or a letter to let us know that there are others counting on us. I will not let my brothers in boxing down without giving everything I have!”
Well folks surely this is going to be the hottest issue for ages to come.
You can see and hear more important information checking your TV listings for “Signature Interviews” showings for the Hispanic Heritage Month. If you don’t have one…. drop Alex a line so he could point it out for you as to the time zone in your areas. Thanks.
One small note: I had the unfortunate experience of going to a writer with a Latino Sir name who wasn’t interested to be in on this panel. Unofficially speaking I asked why? And his response was that he didn’t think it was pertinent enough a subject to be talking about elaborating on, “Political things.” When I got word of it… I answered, “I completely understand. But I’ve gotten feedback from writer journalists, a World champ, a manager, boxing people, and they didn’t have a problem speaking bro. One thing though, whether you like it or not, you are “Political” from the very moment of conception. Anyway think it over…”
Solidarity. Follow the path and keep on it.
I want to thank our affiliate Doghouse boxing for having me, thank you Chee. Extending also thanks to you Mr. Cocks for having me, hoping we can do so sometime soon again.
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