Ain’t That The Truth

By Clarence George on October 29, 2014
Ain’t That The Truth
"I am grateful to be with Pat," says the father of four. "For him to reach out to me is huge."

Unnecessary roughness, is it? This is boxing, not girls’ softball. There should be no such thing as “unnecessary roughness”...

“You can’t handle the truth!”—A Few Good Men

Too soon to tell if welterweight Clarence Booth is “The Truth,” but it’s certain that Javier Garcia won’t be able to handle him.

The two are meeting this Saturday, November 1, for a scheduled six rounds at Coliseo Hector Sola Bezares in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

One of Keith Thurman’s regular sparring partners, Booth was recently signed by one-time Manager of the Year, Pat Lynch, who says, “I am extremely happy to have signed Clarence. I have been very impressed from what I have seen of him and I look forward to working with him as I see he has a very bright future.”

“I am grateful to be with Pat,” says the father of four. “For him to reach out to me is huge.”

Booth, 27, who fights out of St. Petersburg, Florida, turned pro in 2011 (8-1, 5 KOs). He most recently fought in June, beating Jonathan Perez by unanimous decision. His only loss to date came courtesy of Cletus Seldin, who won by controversial unanimous decision in September 2011. “The Hebrew Hammer” was deducted a point in the second round for “unnecessary roughness.”

Unnecessary roughness, is it? Was Joe Gans deducted a point for what he did to Battling Nelson in ‘06? Tony Galento for what he did to Lou Nova in ‘39? Fritzie Zivic when he fought Al Bummy Davis in ‘40? Or Sandy Saddler in his fight with Willie Pep in ‘51? This is boxing, not girls’ softball, and there should be no such thing as—dearie me—“unnecessary roughness.”

A Puerto Rican, 32-year-old Garcia turned pro in 2007, but didn’t fight between 2011 and 2013. He’s racked up a record of six wins, two by knockout, five losses, three by knockout, one draw, and one no contest. He most recently fought in April, losing to Prichard Colon by third-round TKO, his first fight since 2010, when he was kayoed by Fernando Torres in the third. Garcia last won in 2009, stopping Celestino Rodriguez by second-round TKO.

A last-minute opponent, Garcia’s favorite-son status won’t help him any. I don’t know if the Truth will set Garcia free, but I do know he’ll stop him no later than the second.

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  1. Clarence George 05:21am, 11/04/2014

    According to an inexplicably delayed update from BoxRec, Booth won, but only by unanimous decision, which is surprising and disappointing…and hardly indicative of Booth being “The Truth.”

  2. Clarence George 07:40am, 10/31/2014

    Excellent, Beaujack, and I’m reminded of another fighter’s honest answer, Willie Pastrano’s, “You’re damn right I do [know where I am].  I’m in Madison Square Garden getting the shit knocked out of me.”

  3. Beaujack 06:46am, 10/31/2014

    Harry Greb was proud of his antics in the ring. In his fight with Johnny Wilson in 1923 ,Greb thumbed Wilson in the eye. When the ref DEMANDED to know what Greb thought he was doing, Harry replied “Sticking my thumb in his eye. What does it look like?” An honest man was Harry Greb ideas23
    and one helluva a fighter to boot…

  4. Kid Blast 11:55am, 10/30/2014

    Yes. Pedroza for sure

  5. Eric 09:34am, 10/30/2014

    Eusebio Pedroza gets a shout-out for a membership to the Hall of Shame.

  6. Clarence George 08:20am, 10/30/2014

    Saddler was a master at using laces the way Zivic intended.

  7. Kid Blast 07:58am, 10/30/2014

    Willie Pep said: ”He beat me with a double arm lock.”

    Sandy Saddler said: “I thought a punch to the kidney did it. If they say I twisted his arm, okay, I twisted it.”

  8. Clarence George 07:15am, 10/30/2014

    I trust the motto of this Hall is Fritzie Zivic’s wonderful animadversion:

    “My God, kids today think that the laces are for tying up the gloves.”

  9. Kid Blast 07:02am, 10/30/2014

    Teddy Reid and Louis Lazarte belong high up on the Hall of Shame, And Holmes used his thumb effectively.

  10. Clarence George 05:37pm, 10/29/2014

    Thank you kindly, Irish.  As for “Two Ton,” I can’t deny he was a tactician.

    I think we have to take Baer’s testimony with one or two grains of salt, Eric.  It may be true, but Joseph Monninger in his book on Galento doesn’t mention it.  Anyway, I don’t recall that he did.

  11. Eric 03:40pm, 10/29/2014

    Irish… According to Max Baer, Galento’s stench was just as foul as his fighting tactics in their “Battle of the Bums.”  Seems Galento was one of those fighters who didn’t bathe prior to fights, I heard Roland LaStarza followed the same routine. Probably works better than not shaving. Baer was another fighter prone to dirty tactics, look at those backhanded swings in his fights with Schmeling & Carnera.

  12. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 02:34pm, 10/29/2014

    Eric-Now you’ve gone and done it! I’m not at all sure how the author of this gem of an article is going to respond to number 10 on your list….just sayin’.

  13. Clarence George 02:28pm, 10/29/2014

    Eric:  What Luis Resto and Panama Lewis did was dirty, to say the least.  But most of the others could best be described as…tacticians.  After all, as the god of so-called dirty fighting, Fritzie Zivic, astutely pointed out:  Boxing don’t have a whole lot in common with playing the piano.

  14. Eric 01:27pm, 10/29/2014

    Dirty Boxing Hall of Shame
    Harry Greb
    Fritzie Zivic
    Mustafa Hamsho
    Jack Dempsey
    Evander Holyfield
    Andrew Golota
    Roberto Duran
    Mike Tyson
    Sandy Saddler
    Tony Galento

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