Contrary to common misperceptions, there is no room for anger and aggression in a boxing bout; and gold medal-winning boxers are calm and focused when they step into the ring.
Boxers wear either red or blue strips, protective head guards and gloves weighing 10 ounces.
And now about 60 per cent of his income comes from endorsements, with the rest coming from prize money.
Team Tso would not disclose the boxer’s current earnings, but Lau says DEF Promotions now pulls in more revenue than the gym. If you’re angry, you can’t plan your next step and then no more skills can be used. You have to think really quickly about your opponent’s next step.
A native of San Francisco , California the 51 year-old Fernandez has been involved in the sport for nearly four decades. Fernandez recalled a fist fight he had when he was about 12 years old, and a spectator was former world ranked heavyweight Eddie Machen (who has the distinction of fighting Joe Frazier, Ingemar Johansson and Sonny Liston before they won the heavyweight championship).
According to Fernandez, Machen grabbed him by his shirt collar and pulled him off of his unfortunate opponent that day.
Mindful of their unprecedented success, Tso and his team do not presume continued glory. In my whole life up until I began to box, I never used here [he points to his head and chuckles]. Every time I have a fight, I just want to focus on the [training] camp at that time. Because if you can’t take care of what’s happening now, there’s no need to talk about what’s next. Before that I didn’t really understand what I could get from working hard. If I didn’t see the Philippines and how [their boxers] train, how they live and work, maybe I wouldn’t have known what I could do. Do you have anything else you’d like people to know?
And looking forward, Lau says events are the most vital ingredient for realising a full-time boxing career. So each time I have to focus and prepare for right now. I have a lot of good memories from a lot of fights, but maybe the first fight was the most important one. It was my first experience of working very hard and getting something that made me extra happy. What advice do you have for someone who wants to box professionally? They might not understand what [being a pro boxer] is. It’s true for a lot of people who aren’t in sports. Maybe in the movies, a job looks like it’s not good, but that might not be true.
Fernandez became a four-time California Golden Gloves champion.
Bouts are decided by ringside judges and the result is based on the number of punches that land in a ‘target area’.
Boxers are usually limited to three 3-minute rounds or less (four 2-minute rounds for women), as opposed to 12 rounds in professional boxing.
Despite the amateur accolades Fernandez never pursued professional boxing.
Instead Fernandez became a police officer in his native San Francisco, serving for nine years.