Recession has taken its toll in boxing and people are now wise enough on spending their money on good pay per view fights rather than giving it away with meaningless bouts and scrappy entertainments. I would rather spend my money in watching action packed Edwin Valero against Pitalua rather than watching Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fighting unheralded patsies. In times like these boxing needs another Cinderella man another James J. Braddock who conquered the great depression and won a heavyweight title wherein he was a 10-1 underdog against Max Baer. He served as an inspiration for people who have empty pockets and empty stomachs for people who clung for hope for a brighter future. Every punch every hooks and body shots James entrusted to the heavy weight champion the people watching felt it… like they were the one fighting and inflicting the pain to Baer. In this time we need a fighter who could represent the people who were badly hurt and wounded on this recession. We are the true underdog in the battle against a heavy weight champion called life. There are many deserving boxers of today but there is still a big vacuum to be filled. A Cinderella man should posses the following trait:
Humility– No matter how big your accolades and achievements you still look back on those people who have help you and your feet heavily anchored in the ground.
Fighting Spirit– No matter how big or how strong your opponent is you still have the heart to fight even if you are a 20-0 underdog. Even if you go down… you go down fighting.
Heart of a champion– A heart of a champion is someone who fights with grace and dignity. Someone who executes his game plan and if he sees his opponent down he helps him up and congratulates him for a good fight. A heart of a champion fights not for himself but for his country and for the glory of God.
There are many qualified boxers who belong on these categories but if ever we found the Cinderella Man the question would be… If the shoe fits?