Boxing has seen it’s spotlight fall in recent years.
We are far from the days of those great rivalries in the 80s like Hagler vs. Hearns, far from the glory days of pay-per-view events from the 90s, and even in the early 2000s we saw a great share of good boxing fights.
Now, the future is looking very bleak for the sport of Boxing; fighters are not very skilled, not very talented making it because there is simply no talent out there. Then we got fighters considered to be the best in boxing finding excuses not to fight each other.
However, there are those that are the heart, the soul and the hope, for all boxing fans, that will keep the sport alive.
Samuel Bautista represents just that.
At age 21, Samuel Bautista is creating some buzz in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. With a perfect amateur record sitting at 4-0, he’s already on the right track towards a promising future. Samuel is also involved in his local church, He’s a preacher and plays the guitar for his youth group.
Even though his boxing career is off to a good start, he hopes that his earlier life experiences have prepared him for the road ahead.
It was not always easy for Samuel and his family, moving from the Dominican Republic to New York at the age of 6, it was a struggle to make it in the States. The family would move around numerous times within Brooklyn, making it tough for Samuel to make friends through out his childhood. The constant moving combined with the divorce of his parents at age 16, filled Samuel with frustration and further enraged his aggression.
Despite being a troubled adolescence, Samuel continued to attend church.
“I grew older, kept going to church and God changed the old me you can say,” Bautista says.
Through out his teenage years, his aggression and temper would be a problem for Samuel as it often resulted into fights at school, causing him to return home with black and blue eyes, as he described.
His family and friends kept pushing him to go to church. He did.
A friend from church suggested that he try boxing to put his aggression to good use. He hit the gym soon after and has been going ever since. With an impressive style and natural talent, he went amateur and had his first fight at the age of 18, he won that fight.
“I’m real technical, I like to break u down first. I like to use my head in a tight situation,” Bautista says.
When I asked him what he thought of the current state of boxing, he responded by saying, “These days boxers are more focused on the fame and how good they look, but I have a story to tell and how I work hard to be the best and I’ll do whatever it takes to get there.”
His future plans involve winning the golden gloves in New York and making a name for himself in the amateur ranks. Ultimately, turning pro and work his way up to a title shot, he hopes to one day become the world champ.
Samuel Bautista is a young boxing prospect, ready to do whatever it takes to claim his dream.