Dr. Pietro Baio DC diamondboxing
On Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, while driving through Staten Island to get to a business meeting in NJ, I stopped by Nicky DeMarco’s Gym. As I walked up the dark stairway to get to the ring I heard nothing but silence. That all changed when I stepped into the room.
Nicky was busy Shadow boxing in the ring during his down time. He seemed a man determined to get back into the gym and back into the ring after not fighting for 13 months. That long of a lay off can take a lot out of you. You lose your hunger.
It was great to see he still had his desire and determination to make it in such a hard sport. Most people don’t understand how much boxing takes out of you mentally in and out of the ring.
Once Nicky was done with his training session I managed to get a few quick questions before he closed up shop for an hour to refuel.
Dr.B: How did you get started in boxing?
Nicky: I was always boxing since a little kid. I used to go to the gym with my grandfather.
Dr. B: Your grandfather used to box?
Nicky: Yeah, my grandfather was a junior welterweight champ in 1941 in the service. When he turned pro he had like 30 pro fights.
Dr. B: What branch of the service?
Nicky: In the Army. I was always round boxing. I started to take it serious late because he never wanted me to do it. I was always in the gym with him. He always took me to the gym. My uncle was a karate guy. He was a seventh degree black belt. He was a fireman and turned to boxing. He did some amateur fights.
Dr.B: What did he do as a martial artist?
Nicky: He traveled through North and South America with Chuck Norris, and then he got hurt fighting (boxing) cops vs. fireman. I don’t know what happened. As a kid, they had something there when he was sparring.
The guy hit him and he felt pressure in his head. They took him to the hospital. Long story short, now he is in nursing home in a wheel chair. That’s why never wanted me to fight. If you’re looking to do it for a living its not what it’s cracked up to be.
Dr. B: Anything you have to say about the four fights that you’ve had?
Nicky: Learning experience. Definitely a learning experience. The first two fights were pretty much lay-ups basically. The next two fights were definitely winnable. Looking back, I definitely should have won both. The third fight against Guzman in my book, there was no way I lost the fight. Good fighter. The fourth fight was January 2008 in Atlantic City.
They flew in a tough kid. Everyone fights with confidence and I never thought in my weight class I’d get knocked out. In my mind, being a little guy I played every sport. Every sport I played with bigger guys. I was used to getting smashed around by bad guys. So going into any fight I always think I have the upper hand strength wise.
That fight was just a reality boost. I got dropped in the first round. Which was, I feel, because of mentally not being prepared. No really wanting to fight. It being a swing bought, it was put your gloves on take them off, on and off all night. I got called out of Paulie’s dressing room ice cold they threw me in.
While we go in the ring the other kid was soaking wet.
Dr. B: Now it’s been a year and a month.
Nicky: Yeah, I always wanted to open a gym. Even amateur wise where I can be there for the kids, guide them. I opened this up a month ago. I haven’t fought since that Jan. 5.
Dr. B: You still have the desire?
Nicky: Yeah, I love the sport. I love the training but once the business end gets behind it that where I don’t really have a love for it. I may be possibly fighting next month. I worked out a little today and we will see where it goes from there. I have five or six kids that I train going in to the (golden) gloves.
That’s where I’m focusing now. I still love to train. In the right situation and right mind frame I feel I can hang with any body. Me in my weight class coming up, I’m not saying I’m better then any one, but I feel I can stay in there mentally in my position. So we will see what happens.
Dr. B: What do you think of the guys at the top of your weight class right now?
Nicky: It is a good division. Juan Diaz is fighting Marquez. To me Marquez might technically be one of the best guys out there. Then you have Juan Diaz that fights 12 round three minutes, 36 minutes he doesn’t stop punching.
It's going to be a battle of whose game plan is going to out last the other. Marquez, come on, drove Pacquiao down 3 times. And Juan Diaz’s only lose was to Nate Campbell. Those are the top guys.
Dr. B: What did you think of the Mosely vs Margarito fight?
Nicky: Mosely fought a picture perfect fight, but maybe Margarito was a little too lax.
Dr. B: Do you think getting caught and having to re-tape his hands three times affected him?
Nicky: Yeah, you know everybody underestimated how much of boxing is mental. At this level everyone trains hard, so when people say it was a good camp, they trained hard. A good camp means the intangibles. You know no distractions, your head being clear, and no other issues. That’s a good camp.
Taping and things like that. Maybe it got to him mentally. Maybe it distracted him. Maybe he just went in there over confident. All the credit in the world to Shane Mosley. 37 years old, he looked like he was 17.
Anything can happen in boxing. All the old guys are coming back.
DeMarco has an upcoming super featherweight bought in Staten Island Feb. 26, 2009. Also, if your driving through Staten Island and are looking for a place to train, checkout Demarco’s Gym at 101 Ellis St Staten Island, NY (718)-227-2013.
Dr. Pietro Baio DC
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