Profiling Coach Hank Boone | The Scoop | Talkin Fight
Watch The Scoop, with Champ Bola Ray as he provides his comments on boxing history and profiles icons – including coaches, as well as one of his own coaches Hank Boone (RIP), the father of his guest, Brodie Boone, on this epsiode – of the industry.
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Hello, there talk and fight fans.
We have a super special week of the scoop lined up for you.
Starting with tonight.
We have a special guest joining us shortly.
Uh ray’s really excited about this.
Show he’s really excited about our guest us.
So should you be as well so ray want you once you fill us in then start us off.
What do you got all right, um, [, Music ] this week, i’m i’d like to showcase uh.
In my opinion, some of the most influential and successful coaches canada has to offer both today and yesteryear um, because it’s my show i’m gon na pick, coaches that have impacted me first um one of uh there was there was a man that was instrumental in my Development, not just as a as a boxer, but also as a man um.
This man came into my life as a coach um shortly after i had been actually i’d won the amateur nationals, but, more importantly, prior to that, i was with a coach that actually did everything to psychologically screw me up um and this man in a very short Period time turned me around and actually gave me confidence that you know what i i am championship worthy so um uh.
He was, he wasn’t just a great coach.
He was a great friend he.
He i attribute like, like the majority of what i know to this man, um and being me, i’m accustomed to calling people and them actually answering, but for some reason he refused to return my call um yeah.
It may have something to do with the fact that he passed away in 2011, but you know what he still could have made an effort.
You know um, so, instead of having the late great hank, henry henry is actually his first name boone.
I think the best the second best thing to do is bring on his son brody boone brody, adam boone.
I do guys, oh good man, so glad to see you man first and foremost um.
I well well, you already know what your dad means to me, but um.
You know actually what your family needs me, the amount of times i’ve spent and what not hung out there um.
But, most importantly, i wanted to publicly say um.
I want to thank your family, your father, most importantly, for everything, he’s done for me, um as a boxer as a coach as a man and uh yeah.
After that, i wanted to find out a whole lot about the man, and i want to showcase the man to talk and fight nation, one.
Let’S start off with what was it like to have a coach, but you have to understand the intensity of the man like he lived and breathed boxing yeah sure did.
There’S all you know: people when they’re in the hockey family they go to hockey, games and stuff.
I went to boxing shows all from the little boy right up until whenever right, that’s all we did boxing show off their boxing show yeah my dad lived eating, breathe boxing, he loved it yeah.
I remember a stat where he had put on.
He had put on the most amateur boxing shows yeah of all like living coaches at the time um, some something ridiculous, like 230 shows yeah 232, or something like that.
It was yeah [, Laughter, ], wow well coming from a boxing family um like i was often envious, because at the end of the day, every second you got spent with the man.
The man had always like always something new to show me yep in a parking lot and answers it answers the any question you pop up.
You give me an answer for it in and alternate answers.
You know counters for for for this, and for that always my dad yeah, precisely i remember talking to you once and you said, has has my dad ever tried to teach you how to go, sell the problem.
Welcome to who change? I don’t know if you remember that we were talking in the in the parking lot mohawk college.
I remember saying to my dad one time i said don’t like in regards to.
He had multiple guys that you know did very well in boxing internationally and olympics and all over, and i said to him him, and i just have an eye talking.
I said: where do you? Where do you get these guys from like where you? Where do you find them, and he said he corrected me very quickly, he said no brody, you don’t find them.
You make them.
You make these guys they’re not to be found.
You have to make them like.
Okay, you know.
I always always remember that you know.
That’S precisely it you see, um someone with hank esque qualities.
First and foremost, i still say when i was an amateur, i had quite a few knockouts.
All of my knockouts were accidental.
I had no idea what the hell i was doing.
I was a big frog.
Athletic kid, and if i caught you, okay, but it’s a crapshoot, if i were to catch you hey, i remember seasoning, your amateur fights.
Actually, what you showed me one power was how to cultivate power, how to generate power with the hip, how to arc over arc over fling.
What’S going on hook off the jab come back, i still use today.
I still use these things and they’re basic, but it’s they’re instrumental and i didn’t learn any of this as an amateur.
Nothing was instructed to me as an amateur as soon as i came to hank the world changed so again.
Thank you, um.
What was it like? Being in a gym with now a little a little fact, factoid that a lot of people didn’t realize with hank hank, i think it’s still today the only coach to have had four national champions on the same team.
At the same time, training with him that had started with him correct me.
If i’m wrong, oh you got it.
The energy in that gym must have been ridiculous.
Good burn yeah.
I remember when i was going to uh training camps um when i was uh i’d go to germany um and there was a there.
Was a camp called universal, and this was just it was just electric, and i this is what i’ve envisioned your gym must have been like, because i walked into the gym and they had 14 male world champions and 12 female world champions training out of that gym Out of that facility, when you walked in it, was serious business yeah like you, could see them.
Looking at you like, okay, i could smell a victim sort of thing.
No, i smell.
I smell a victim um, it was almost terrifying, but then it was empowering because yeah i deserve to be here.
Yeah, you feel it.
You know me, and i can just see what that um, that environment must have been like being um being with hank and whatnot and and again four national team, the pegadams, oh my god, you remember them.
Well, i take it jamie used to babysit me jamie pick.
It i’m using my baby dinner wow wow wow.
What what do you? What did you take away mostly from hank’s training and watching him cultivate champions like this, something something you said in the very beginning, uh about yourself, this confidence, my dad was a very confident guy.
He was sure of himself boxing related technical skills counters.
What right he left.
He didn’t matter, he had answers, he had good skills and he had a lot of confidence.
So he as a boxer, you would get that from him.
You would feel that it’s like power meant, you would feel that confidence and it would, it would grow on you and it would.
It would make you become something better than you possibly were.
I could see i yeah.
I could see that i could totally especially it doesn’t hurt that you have the biggest cheerleader in god’s green earth in your corner screaming every time you connect yeah yeah, that’s my dad a big mouth me too.
When you connect yeah, we yell that’s fun! That’S amazing! That’S amazing, um.
Your dad uh was left quite the legacy behind um.
He i how many champions that did he have um to be trained.
I i could just name drop.
I don’t yeah.
You know steve peckham, jamie piggy m, john fernarchy.
I i for breezy, uh uh, riley’s, there’s so many i i i didn’t.
I don’t even know where to stop and start.
I don’t you know, there’s so many and they went on to proliferate the sport too, because well one i’m i’m coaching still fighting i’m coaching and i’m using a lot of what he taught me.
So he still lives through it.
Sorry, i understand for sure wow yeah.
What’S up, i was just saying: knowledge is power genuinely genuinely? How do you? How do you see um boxing today, as opposed to yesterday? How would he have fared in um? What i mean by that um there’s a whole lot of politics.
Today the game has changed.
The amateur game has changed today.
How do you think he would have found what we’re going through one female boxing, the whole headgear scenario where females still have to wear headgear men do? How do you think my my dad was pretty like fair and equal with everybody in regards to boxing and stuff, but um? I think he was like uh.
I think he’d be okay with girls wearing the helmets and guys, not okay.
I think he’s like a little bit soft in regards to women and would be like whoa.
Let them wear their helmets.
I’M just speculating, of course right, but it works.
Getting your males.
You know open class elite call them whatever you want yeah.
They can play with their helmets off.
You know not for too long they’re gon na get headbutts they’re gon na get hurt, but and there’s just to turn them pro.
I think that’s the whole deal shorten up their amateur career, so they could turn pro.
You know yeah.
I think i personally think that the reason why they’re doing it for the men’s is because of um sensationalism.
They want when it gets the uh, the the what’s called when it gets to the olympics, they’re looking for big audiences, they want and the more audience they have, the more um, the more uh gratuitous.
The whole scenario is to the boxing organization and if you have the head gears off, it looks more like a pro game, blah blah blah blah blah blah.
I think i think, when you take the helmet off, the fans can actually identify with the with the competitor.
More when they’re covered up with a helmet or a head guard or where call wherever you want, the fans can’t really relate to too much athlete.
When you take the helmet off everybody, you know, everybody knows what the conor mcgregor looks like.
If you put a helmet on the guy, we would never know you know fair enough, but the only thing is cuts yeah.
What real bad, oh, i know, and you entered amateur game you couldn’t be fighting three fights in a tournament: four fights yeah now when they’re smashing skulls with each other’s faces.
So yeah, all of a sudden, the game’s changed all of a sudden like not necessarily the best fighter will win we’ll go on yeah, whereas headgear pretty much.
I don’t remember one.
I never got cut in the amateurs.
I’Ve been pros a few times.
Yes, i have.
I’M like it’s not pig but never as an amateur, so i don’t know i’m i don’t know yeah.
I like the helmet idea, we’re talking about amateurs here, we’re like that’s just the whole thing when you deem amateurs put a helmet on them come on.
I mean it’s just they’re they’re, going to war they’re ripping shots at each other, put a helmet on it’s just a it’s a half inch or three quarters inch sponge.
If, if that’s all it is, it doesn’t impede your vision, you want that right.
How many times have you had i’m talking competition if you’re, with no lugs, when you see when, when does it impede your vision, they’re talking about how this is this vision, anyways they’re, going to drive me insane, um they’re, not driving, anyways anyways um? What do you uh? How would you see hank improving the narrative today with uh with boxing with um uh, the oba versus box ontario um, actually now everything’s up in limbo? What how would you see, hank being um instrumental in making a decision either way? Um, you know my dad like he was kind of somewhat of a quiet guy.
He didn’t really speak too too, too much, but when he did, people listened so he was influential, as you said, so if he was trying to round up people for a show or you’re trying to steer people in a in a an appropriate direction without misleading anybody.
People listen to him because he didn’t he didn’t bs anybody.
You know you could see that in his face when he was moving his lips he’s not a he’s, not a bullshitter.
You know he’s pretty straight up he’s.
He really cared about the athlete.
A hundred percent – that’s just nation, there’s quite a few coaches out there who will sell their athlete down the path yeah.
It just was not part of uh hank’s architecture.
There’S no there’s not a chance.
Actually, he might jump in the ring and beat the crap out of the kid yeah anyways um brody.
I want to thank you for coming on board yeah man.
Thank you for having me pleasure talking to you.
Oh, this is great.
This is great, hopefully uh.
This whole pandemic nonsense uh ends quickly and we can get back to hosting shows and life yeah buddy life yeah.
I have nothing enough for being this locked down stuff.
Oh it’s driving me insane, but once again thank you for coming on and uh.
Please come back again for sure love to have you all right, paul thanks man have a good night, guys cheers.
Are you taking us out with the triple combo or do we have do we have that photo still or sir? Where is that where’s that that photo? Um, if you enjoyed this show oh there, he is look at that smile for the record.
That picture was taken nine days before he passed away, wow yeah and with his that’s his grandson, who was 11 months old at the time october, 2nd 2011.
What a great man, what agreement um, if you like this, show i’d like you to smash the like button and please subscribe, i’m your boy bola and that’s the scoop.