Ten-Count for Amilcar Brusa

By Robert Ecksel on October 28, 2011
Ten-Count for Amilcar Brusa
Brusa’s undisputed masterpiece was the incomparable middleweight Carlos Monzón


Amilcar Brusa, the greatest boxing trainer in Argentine history, passed away yesterday of natural causes at the age of 89.

Born in Santa Fe, Argentina on Oct. 23, 1922, Brusa first began training fighters in 1950 and was renowned for his clarity and depth of understanding about the art of boxing. To Brusa, the sweet science wasn’t a website or abstraction. It was the university of life itself, and he was a tenured professor.

Brusa’s undisputed masterpiece was the incomparable Carlos Monzón, aka Escopeta, who he shaped into one of the top-five middleweights in boxing history. Monzón won the title in 1970 from Nino Benevenuti in Rome. He wore the crown for seven years with 14 title defenses before it all fell apart.

Other fighters Brusa led to titles during his long and illustrious career include Miguel Angel Cuello, Sugar Baby Rojas, Francisco Quiroz, Rafael Pineda, Miguel “Happy” Lora, Francisco Tejedor, Jorge Barrios, Tomas Molinares, Antonio Esparragoza, Luis Mendoza, Juan Diego Cordoba, Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez and Carlos Baldomir.

Brusa was named “Trainer of the Year” in 1989, and was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota in 2007.

Ed Brophy, Executive Director of the IBHOF, said that “Amilcar Brusa was an outstanding trainer. His incredible resume, including 14 world champions, speaks for itself.”

Some men will never be replaced.

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  1. TEX HASSLER 11:56am, 11/13/2011

    Brusa was a great trainer and boxing teacher and he will be greatly missed. No one can over estimate the importance of a great trainer. There are very few great trainers in the world today. Rocky Marciano would have never made it to the top with out Charlie Goldman to help him develop the perfect style for his body type. A lot is made out of having a height and reach advantage today but as far as I know every fighter Rocky faced had a reach advantage on him & most had a height advantage but there is a way to take that advantage away from an opponent and Rocky was a master at that. Ray Arcel was another great trainer and there is no one on the level of these two men and many others of the past.

  2. the thresher 10:44am, 11/02/2011

    Yes

  3. Ken Hissner 10:42am, 11/02/2011

    Monzon 5’12”?  How about 6’0”?  Brusa had some great boxers.  Did he make the 2007 IBHOF?

  4. The Thresher 02:49pm, 10/28/2011

    One of the AG’s. I met him at the Hall and we had a great conversation. Very nice and refined man.

  5. mikecasey 12:39pm, 10/28/2011

    A bloody shame, Robert. Brusa brought his fighters along slowly and guided them well. Monzon the Escopeta - the Shotgun - not a bad name to have on your resume, eh?

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