Everett “Big Foot” Martin

Born and raised in Houston, Texas,  Everett “Big Foot” Martin faced a virtual who’s who of boxing in the heavyweight division, in a professional career that spanned from 1984 to 2001. Bigfoot also may hold the all-time record for most heavyweight world champions faced, having faced 16 in his professional career, at one point facing 9 in a row!

He began his professional career as a light-heavyweight and cruiser-weight but competed as a heavyweight for most of his career, even though he was relatively small in stature for that division.  Although he gave up size for most of his career and faced a murderer’s row of opposition, he was never knocked out and would only be stopped by T.K.O. several times during the tail-end of his career when he was already “tired and worn”. 

“Big Foot” was a journeyman that would fight anyone, anywhere, many times with no training camp and on short notice, but still managed to always be competitive, and give the boxing fans an entertaining fight win, lose, or draw. He also held Olympic Champion Chuck Walker to a draw, beat Jesse Selby, Sherman Griffin, “Smoking” Bert Cooper, and Tim Witherspoon by decision, along with knocking down Micheal Moorer.

In an amazing professional career that took him all over the world, he faced many top contenders and champions including:

Jesse Shelby, Sherman Griffin, Olympic Champion Chuck Walker, Kevin Kelly, Vincent Boulware, Tony Willis, Bert Cooper, Johnny Du Plooy, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, George Foreman, Gary Mason, Pierre Coetzer, Francesco Damaini, Micheal Moorer, Riddick Bowe, Tim Witherspoon, Tony Tucker, Larry Holmes, Herbie Hide, Tony Tubbs, Lance Whitaker, Wladimir Klitschko, Danell Nicholson, Lamon Brewster, Fres Oquendo, Joe Hipp,James “Bonecrusher” Smith, Obed Sullivan, David Bostice, Siarhei Liakhovich, and Ruslan Chagaev!

Originally from Fifth Ward, he would later move to Houston’s South Park neighborhood, where he began learning to box first from his mother Mary Martin, who he described as a “tough, street fighting woman” and  “Big Al” Alfred Leon Willis, who taught and trained neighborhood boys to box in parks, back yards, and anywhere in the neighborhood, especially in the courtyard of The Villa Americana Apartments. “Big Foot” said that “Big Al” and his mother taught him everything he needed to know in boxing and although he would work with other coaches in his professional career, he would always depend on what he learned from his mother and “Big Al” to get him through anything, along with his faith in God.

A big kid in his youth with a good heart, “Big Foot” hated to see smaller, weaker kids getting bullied in school and would defend them by telling their tormentors, “Hey man, what are you picking on him for, he’s just here doing what he has to do, just like you”. This would inevitably lead to fights with those same bullies and though he didn’t like fighting, backing down wasn’t an option on the streets of South Park and Fifth Ward. After getting in trouble at school for fighting but not necessarily at home since he was fighting to protect those being bullied, his mother decided he needed to box to keep him out of trouble and off the streets. This was when she brought him to “Big Al” Alfred Leon Willis to introduce him to amateur boxing.

“Big Foot” stated he didn’t like boxing initially but eventually became very good at it, partly because “Big Al’s Boxing Club” sparred in the Villa Americana Apartments courtyard and he “Didn’t want to look weak in front of all the homeboys”.  He also said that once he started becoming proficient in boxing he began to see boxing as a way he could eventually take care of his family, which was a strong motivation for him. This outlook served “Big Foot” well as he became an elite amateur boxer, winning The Houston Golden Gloves, Open Division, Heavyweight Championship in 1981, 1982, and 1983.

I asked “Big Foot” what skills he learned from “Big Al” that enabled him to become known as one of the toughest, most fearless boxers to ever grace the ring and he said, “He first taught me how to stand correctly and on balance, then how to move in and out and side to side, to be in condition, how to remain calm in the ring, protect myself, control my breathing and punches, and to make my opponent fight how I wanted him to fight, not how he wanted to fight”

I met “Big Foot” only once before calling him today for a phone interview and I must add that he was very gracious about sharing information about his life in and out of boxing. Our interview eventually became more of a private conversation and as a lifelong participant, coach, and fan of boxing I asked him many questions as much as for my personal interests as for this article.  One of the main things that intrigued me was how he was able to be competitive against all the contenders and champions he faced over the years without ever being knocked out or seriously injured. “Big Foot’s” response was simple and direct.

“The only reason to be scared of those guys would have been if they were able to hit me and hurt me and I wasn’t about to stand there and let them hit me without moving around and hitting them back, that’s why it’s called BOXING”.



Maurice “Termite” Watkins

Maurice “Termite” Watkins, is a Houston native, and was  one of Kenny Weldon’s first boxing students, as well as his first National Amateur Champion. Termite was also the youngest ever at 16 years old, to achieve that goal. A 3-time Houston Golden Gloves Champion, he also boxed on the same United States National Boxing Team as Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns, representing The United States of America in International competition. He would later turn professional and was a top-ten contender, once challenging Saoul Mamby for The W.B.C World Light Welterweight Championship. His professional record was 61 wins with 48 by knockout, 5 loses, 2 draws, and 1 no contest.

In 2004 Termite trained the Iraqi National Boxing Team and qualified boxer Najah Ali for The 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.  Najah did compete in that tournament, winning one fight before being eliminated.  In 2011 Termite was involved with the founding of The Fighter Nation Boxing Gym at The Fellowship of The Nations Church, and is currently involved with that faith based, boxing gym, coaching amateur and professional boxers of all experience levels and ages. The Fighter Nation Boxing Gym has been instrumental in the development of many elite boxers including Marlen Esparza, who trained there with her coach Rudy Silva of Elite Boxing, during the time leading up to the Olympic Games in which she competed in.

Chris McCoy, a young man who has trained at The Fighter Nation Boxing Gym since he was a beginner, will make his professional debut on June 8 in Houston, Texas, and is the first born and bred Fighter Nation boxer to turn professional under the guidance and instruction of Termite and The Fighter Nation Boxing Family!

Ray Ontiveros

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Ray Ontiveros and his Ray’s Boxing Club have been fixtures in the Houston boxing scene for as long as I can remember and he and his club have always been known for manufacturing some of the best boxers in the city. Countless boxers from all over the city have always gravitated to his gyms in the Northside of Houston, from the well known to some many have never heard of but were elite boxers in their own right. He’s probably best known as an Olympic Coach for The 2000 United States Olympic Boxing Team, and Coach of 2000 Olympic Silver Medal Champion Ricardo “Rocky” Juarez.

Ray has coached, trained, and managed many amateur and professional contenders and champions over the years with incredible success and is known worldwide as one of the most knowledgeable boxing minds in the boxing business. There are too many names to mention or remember but a few names include: Joe “Cool” Garcia, Jason Martinez, Daniel Palomo, Pasqual Aranda, Danny Reyes,  Larry O’Shields, Rocky Juarez, Gerardo “Tin Tin” Ibarra, Damazo Tello and many, many more!

Ray is currently working with boxers Julio Sanchez, Juanito Perez, and Jose Garcia. Ray, Juanito, and Julio recently participated in a sparring benefit/celebration in honor of recently deceased Coach Kenny Weldon and Julio and Juanito looked to be in great condition while displaying their elite level boxing skills. Clutch City Boxing, Fighter Nation Boxing and everyone involved with the organization of that event would like to thank Ray, Juanito, and Julio for their kindness and generosity in making that event a successful one!

“We may represent different teams and fight each other in the ring, but we are all one boxing family”

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As many of you know, highly acclaimed boxing coach Kenny Weldon passed on April 13, 2018. Kenny was forced to retire from boxing due to health reasons and had been in poor health for several years before passing away.  As we are well aware there is no retirement fund for former boxers and coaches and Kenny’s family is now faced with medical bills along with final expense bills, in addition to losing the patriarch of their family.

Several friends and I have gotten together to organize a benefit to help with Kenny’s final expenses and we will be giving 100% of the proceeds of the benefit to his family.  The event is being held at The Fighter Nation Boxing Gym, at 13305 Woodforest, Houston, Texas, 77015, on May 12, 2021 from 11 A.M . to 5 P.M.

The benefit will include amateur and professional boxers sparring in exhibition matches, along with live music, raffles, and food and drinks that will be sold for donations. The entrance donation fee is only $10 and along with the entertainment, attendees will also get the opportunity to meet some famous boxing personalities who will be attending.  We will have many boxers from past and present in attendance. The first three to offer their help in supporting this event are well known boxers from our area.

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Maurice “Termite” Watkins, is a Houston native, and was Kenny Weldon’s first boxing student. Termite is a former National Amateur Champion, who was also the youngest ever at 16 years old, to achieve that goal. He then  boxed on the same United States National Boxing Team as Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns, where they represented America in International competition.  He would later turn professional and was a top-ten contender, once challenging Saoul Mamby for The W.B.C World Light Welterweight Championship. Termite also trained, coached, and cornered Iraq boxer Najah Ali for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Termite has been very helpful and involved in the organization of this event and he was also kind enough to donate the use of his Fighter Nation Boxing Gym for the benefit event to be held.  Termite’s book, (They Call Me Termite) recounts many stories from his inspirational life and we are very excited to have him be able to attend.

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Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez, is a native of Cut and Shoot, Texas, and is also a representative of the famous Cut “N” Shoot / Harris Boxing legacy.  Alfonso is trained by Henry Harris Jr, former heavyweight title contender Roy Harris, and Felix Ramirez.  As an amateur Alfonso was a multiple time  Houston and Texas State Golden Gloves Champion, as well as a National Golden Gloves Silver Medalist.  As a professional he is a former W.B.C. Continental Americas Super Middleweight Champion,  and current Texas State Super Middleweight Champion.  Alfonso was also very generous to agree to attend this event as he has been very busy with his El Tigre Boxing Promotions, as well as training for a return to the ring on June 22, 2021 at The Humble Convention Center.

Reggie “Sweet” Johnson, is a Houston native and former three-time World Champion at two different weights, (middleweight and light heavy weight).  Reggie grew up in Houston’s Fifth Ward and was a student of long time Houston boxing coaches James Carter and John Alvarado Sr.  Reggie was actually the first person to offer his services and has also been very helpful in the organization of this event.  When I initially spoke to Reggie he was very enthusiastic to be a part of this event and upon agreeing to participate told me, “I’m all in and we also must get everyone else together to do something for Kenny”.  Reggie then shared a few sayings which he stated his coach James Carter taught and consistently drilled into him during his years with Carter. Two impressive ones that I believe are also relevant to this event were:

“Just as I am here for you today, you must be there for someone else tomorrow”


“We may represent different teams and fight each other in the ring, but we are all one boxing family”.

Pro Sparring Benefit in Honor of Kenny Weldon

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At Fighter Nation Boxing Gym. 13305 Woodforest Boulevard, Houston, Texas, 77015

We will only be featuring professional sparring, Coaches who sent rosters for amateur teams, thank you for your interest you are all still invited to come enjoy the entertainment. We are still having live music, food, and other forms of entertainment. D.J. BTL and Jordn Mikalz (AKA Krucial) will be on hand as well as other groups and individuals who we are in talks with at the moment. Come out and support us as we get together to honor Kenny Weldon and raise funds to help Kenny’s family with his final expenses. 100% of proceeds will go directly to The Weldon Family.

Coach Melvin Dennis

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Clutch City Boxing Club is proud to have Mr. Melvin Dennis join the team as Head Coach and Advisor for professional bouts.  Mr. Dennis brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team and we are very fortunate to have him come on board.

Melvin Dennis is well known for his exploits in the amateur as well as professional boxing realms in the 1970’s through 1981. Dennis was a USA Boxing National Champion in his first year of competing in the amateurs, and won The Texas State Middleweight Championship, defeating Charlie Small by TKO  in 8 rounds in 1975.  Dennis retired with a professional record of 34 wins, with 21 of those wins coming by knockout,  16 loses, and 3 draws.

Dennis was a consummate professional who fought all over the world and several of his loses were due to his fighting boxers in their hometown or country.  Dennis knocked out Roy Jones Sr. in 1978 in The Sam Houston Colosseum, and faced many top contenders and Champions including Chuck Mince, Vito Antuofermo, Maurice Hope, Denny Moyer, Jesse Avalos,  Lamont Lovelady, Eugene Hart, Tony Licata, and All Time Great Wilfredo Benitez.


Klekotta batters and stops Patina in one round at The Inaugural Galveston Fight Night Series

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The Inaugural Galveston Fight Night Series, produced and promoted by Alfonso Lopez and his El Tigre Promotions team,  was a resounding success.  The event, held at The Galveston Convention Center (San Luis Resort) was an enjoyable and successful night of professional boxing that gave just due to the rich history of boxing in Texas.

Held in Galveston, the birthplace of Jack Johnson, one of the greatest heavyweight champions in history, the event lived up to the high expectations of it’s attendants, participants, and viewers on pay-per-view. The event was professionally organized, held in a beautiful venue, and brought in a large crowd of boxing fans from all over The State of Texas. The seven bouts on the card featured boxers largely from the Galveston, and Houston areas, affording them the opportunity to develop and showcase their skills at home, before moving on to bouts out of state and around the world.

Bout results:

1. Alejandro Morales winner by T.K.O over Andrew Sosa
2. Marc Perales winner by T.K.O over Christopher White
3. Travis Conley - Draw - Reynaldo Trujillo, over 4 rounds
4. Armando Frausto winner by T.K.O. over Christian Morris
5. Michael Klekotta winner by first round T.K.O. over Andy Patina
6. Samantha Salazar winner by 4 round decision over Monica Flores
7. Alicio Castaneda - Draw - Joshua Ross, over 6 Rounds

The Clutch City Boxing Club’s, Mike “The Body Snatcher” Klekotta performed exceedingly well by forcing a referee’s stoppage at 59 seconds of the first round over Galveston’s Andy Patina. We were concerned about Patina’s boxing ability during training camp and knew we had our work cut out for us. In training we developed a strategy we felt gave us the best chance to win and fortunately Klekotta was able to implement that strategy to come home with a win. Mike Klekotta had an inspired training camp, getting himself into excellent condition as well as sparring with the best partners available, and he dedicated this bout to former boxing foe, Omar Henry and recently passed Houston boxing legend, Kenny Weldon, may they both rest in peace.

The Clutch City Boxing Club is also very proud to announce the addition of Houston boxing legend Melvin Dennis as our Head coach and Advisor, and both Mike Klekotta and I attribute much of the credit for this win to Mr. Dennis.

Klekotta receives instruction from all-time great Melvin Dennis

We at Clutch City Boxing are appreciative to have been given the opportunity to participate in the inaugural “Fight Night Series” and we are looking forward to working with Alfonso Lopez and his El Tigre Promotions team in the future.

Those Galena Park “Killer Bees” and Mr. Kenny Weldon

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I’ve always made it very clear that I consider Kenny Weldon one of the greatest boxing teachers of all time. Growing up, and even for most of my adulthood up until recently, Kenny had been such a big part of boxing in Houston and the Houston area, that I just somehow thought he would just always be there. I don’t think the news of his passing has sunk in and maybe a part of me will always feel he never left us due to the tremendous influence he’s had on boxing in the area and in general.  He was never my coach but I’ve always admired his ability to consistently develop boxers that have always been of the highest quality in terms of skill, knowledge and accomplishments.

I’m a person that believes in action and works over words and as a boxer, coach, clinician, and person, no one has achieved more than Kenny Weldon in the sport of boxing. The ironic thing about it though is that Kenny Weldon’s words, and his ability to articulate boxing better than anyone I know of, is what made him soo effective in teaching boxing. That yellow-jacket, “Mr. Jack”  logo that his team wore meant excellence in boxing and a hard time if you happened to be in the opposing corner of a boxing ring. This rang soo true to myself and a few friends and family members that we respectfully called The Galena Park Boxing Team the “Killer Bees” instead of the yellow- jackets.  This became our reality and I was actually a bit shocked when I was recently told by Kenny’s daughter that “Mr Jack” is a yellow-jacket and not a killer bee! I think I may have actually argued for a minute that “Mr. Jack” is a killer bee and not a yellow jacket, before I realized who I was talking to!

Lastly, I have been told that Kenny believed in always being a gentleman and taking the high road, and up until now I have done so when I have heard statements that have implied that certain people’s coaches or even in some cases the persons themselves boxing philosophy and knowledge is superior to Kenny’s, but today will be different.

The simple fact of the matter is that no one has come close to what Kenny has accomplished and although there were and are some coaches that are right up there with Kenny in terms of boxing knowledge, none of those coaches are the ones that imply these sorts of ridiculous claims.  These guys are either hallucinating or are soo self absorbed and delusional, that they actually believe they know more than someone who proved his knowledge with results, in a consistent manner, when they themselves have accomplished little to nothing in boxing as far as teaching boxing goes.  If you are one of these persons, I encourage you to take along look in the mirror and check yourself before life does it for you. Pride comes before the fall, and you should at least put up half the numbers Kenny did before you become prideful for f**ks sake. 

I believe the best example of a true boxing expert versus a pretend expert was given to me by a person who I consider an expert in every sense of the word, Mr. Walt Hailey. I spoke to Walt recently and Kenny’s name came up due to his being in critical health at this time last week. This isn’t a direct quote but Walt said something along these lines: ” Kenny and I competed against each other as coaches for a long time and would sometimes become angry with each other due to the competitive nature of this sport and us being younger and less mature at the time. One thing that is true today just as it has always been even during those times though, is that I have certainly always respected his abilities as a coach  and never questioned his accomplishments. ”

Another opinion I would like to share comes from another true expert in the sport, Mr. Melvin Dennis. Mr. Dennis said this when I asked him about Kenny: “Kenny was a bad man in the ring, one of the best. He was a hell of a fighter and later became a hell of a coach, and boxing will miss him “.

God Bless


James Carter

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A long time Coach and Official in the Houston area, Mr. Carter certainly contributed to the history and legacy of Houston boxing by not only volunteering his boxing knowledge, but also as an advocate for our youth. Mr. Carter was a boxer during his time serving in The United States Army and also met his wife, in Germany, while serving our country. In a time in our country when Germany and Germans were demonized, Mr. Carter and his wife experienced prejudice when they came home to The United States. This fact may have contributed to Mr. Carter’s loathing for any sort of prejudice or racism, and he was known to treat all of the mostly Black and Latino boxers he coached like sons.

Mr. Carter was the Head Coach of The Salvation Army Boxing Club, in the city’s North-Side of town at Aldine-Westfield and Jensen. Mr. Carter coached many of the neighborhood youth and coached Kenneth “Iron Man” Walker, uncle of Reggie “Sweet” Johnson, when Kenneth brought a 12 year old Reggie to Mr. Carter for boxing instruction. Johnson’s mother initially did not want her son to box and Mr. Carter took the initiative to visit her at her home and convince her to let Reggie box, assuring her that he would protect Reggie as well as teach him to protect himself in boxing and in life. As we all now know, Reggie Johnson would go on to become a three-time World Champion, and has attributed much of his success to the lessons in boxing and life, that he learned from Mr. Carter. While conducting an interview with Reggie, he mentioned the many times Mr. Carter would invite his boxers to his home for meals, and how Mr. Carter was even more influential and respected by his boxers and the community because of the genuine and heartfelt way he treated them. The way in which Mr. Carter connected and communicated with his boxers, led them to become better persons in boxing and life and he was known to make the bouts and tournaments they participated in fun for his boxers.

From speaking to Reggie it became evident that Mr. Carter’s boxing instruction was also life instruction and Mr. Carter was more concerned with building and developing boys into men, than he was in developing and building boxers. A couple of quotes of Mr. Carter’s that stood out to me were: “Introduce me to your friends and I can predict your future” and “Just as I am here for you today, you must be there for someone else tomorrow”. Mr. Carter also lead by example, remaining humble and open minded, never criticizing other coaches, and even allowing other coaches to work alongside and with him in running the boxing program at The Salvation Army Boxing Club. One such instance in particular that stood out to Reggie was when Mr. Carter allowed long-time area Coach John Alvarado Sr. to join him in training the kids at the club, bringing his already established and accomplished boxer sons John Jr. and Steven with him. This act made the Salvation Army Boxing Club even more effective than it had been before, and John Alvarado Sr. also remained in Reggie’s life, serving as his head corner man when he won his second World Title.

After having to retire from coaching due to medical reasons, Mr. Carter still served the Gulf Association for many years as Registration Chairman. This was where I met Mr. Carter and I always enjoyed visiting him and hearing all of his stories of coaching boxing and the people he came into contact with during that time. Mr. Carter was welcoming and friendly, always making me feel better leaving his home, than I felt when I arrived there. Most of all I can clearly recall being at a smoker event at Savannah’s Boxing Gym when the news of his death was announced along with the moment of silence and ten count bell ringing. The tears in the eyes of Coaches, Boxers, and Officials, from every walk of life, race, creed, religion, and boxing club, told a story I can’t begin to give justice to with this article. This is the type of man, along with many others that I hope to bring recognition to, that have made Houston and Houston area boxing the powerhouse it is today.

Walt Hailey

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Started boxing as an amateur in 1949-50 in New Orleans in the CYO program, under the legendary Ernest “Whitey” Esnault. Continued boxing as a middleweight, in the armed services as a Marine and was an Armed Services Champion. After his service in The Marines and boxing later boxing in college as well, Walt retired from boxing and moved to the League City area approximately in 1960-62. In 1965 he started up a boxing club at a boys home in League City, after noticing the boys home had a boxing ring but no boxing program or club, when he went there to deliver some furniture. He coached the boys home boxing club for a couple of years until the home closed down, then started up the League City Boxing Club in 1967. Coached The League City Boxing Club for 15 years, then started up The Clear Lake Boxing Club. Operated The Clear Lake Boxing Club for a while then started up The Bayou City Boxing Club. While operating The Bayou City Boxing Club he trained his boxers out of The Main Street Gym at it’s original location, later at Lee Canalito’s Gym, back at Main Street at it’s current location, then at Steve Slava’s Gym. Walt continued to coach but began delegating more and more of the coaching responsibilities to current Bayou City Boxing Head Coach Victor Rodriguez Sr. around 2008-09. In 2012 he retired from coaching, and moved from Houston to San Antonio, where he still serves as an Official and judge. During his time in the Houston area Walt trained many Champion boxers, he promoted professional boxing in Galveston, served as an Official with The Gulf Association, and also served as Gulf Association President for several years.

I attempted to come up with a complete list of boxers Walt trained or worked with but the number of names is very high and I am sure many names will be left off for now. I encourage all boxing participants to comment on this article and I will add names as you give them to me. After speaking to Walt briefly and getting some input from Vic Rodriguez and Adrian Lopez, here is a preliminary list.

Charlie Small, Ricky Webb, Gilbert Galvan, Felix Cora Sr, Manuel Pena, Paul Nuncio, Aaron Navarro, Guadalupe Martinez, Adrian Lopez, Benjamin Flores, Bobby “El Jefe” Flores, John Paul White, Travis Roach, Darlington Agha, Eugene Hill, Miguel Flores, Johnny Torres, Luis Mendoza, David Martinez, Jacob Espinoza, Victor Rodriguez Jr, and Daniel Ybarra.

I also was able to catch Walt at the tail end of his coaching career as well as my amateur boxing career, and felt I learned more from Walt in a short time than I had learned in all the previous years I participated in boxing. I have always felt that if I had linked up with Walt earlier, I would have been able to accomplish much more, but I am thankful I did get to learn from him and cherish the times I was able to watch him operate at The Lee Canalito Gym, and later have him instruct me in the sweet science at The Slava Boxing Gym. My lessons from Walt did not stop at boxing and I feel I learned more about being a gentleman from him than any other coach before, as well as how to conduct myself as a man in life. These are the things that make Walt Hailey a great man and Coach even more so than his priceless knowledge in boxing in my opinion.

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