The Protected Fighter: Boxing’s Modern Day Matchmaking and Avoiding the Best Fights

In the third of our series examining key and often unheralded figures from behind the scenes in boxing, Ezio Prapotnich talks to Derek Waddell about the often overlooked art of matchmaking They are called matchmakers. Their job is to find the right opponent at the right moment not only to make the house fighter look good but also for you to get your money’s worth and enjoy a competitive match. Hailing from the East End of London, a historical stomping ground for boxing, former amateur pugilist Derek Waddell is one of these men and explains to Boxing Monthly that technical knowledge is not the most important tool of the matchmaker’s trade – above anything else, you must care about fighters’ well-being. Boxing clubs were literally on every other corner. Most people I knew had tried their hand at it. Instead of turning professional I chose to pursue my education, gaining a Class 2.


By Mauricio Sulaiman — The key element in boxing has been and will always be matchmaking. As simple as it may sound, it is extremely complex and requires deep knowledge, dedication, passion and most importantly empowerment and ability to make decisions. Who fights who?

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Such term does not include a boxing contest that is regulated by an amateur sports organization. A the hotel, casino, resort, or other commercial establishment is primarily responsible for organizing, promoting, and producing the match; and. B there is no other person primarily responsible for organizing, promoting, and producing the match.

A between boxers who are residents of different States; or. B that are advertised, otherwise promoted, or broadcast including closed circuit television in interstate commerce. No subpar. B has been enacted.

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Loyer is in professional boxing matchmaker. But it’s still very limited in time and very local. For my part, I am independent. I am not related to any club, or any firm. I contact the promoters, boxers, coaches and I offer my services.

USA Boxing Rules Reference for the Local Level listing points for Check-in and Match-making, weigh-in, pre-bout physical, equipment control (glove table).

Still, everybody makes mistakes. A bigger problem, according to Don Elbaum, is the fact that, “The way things are today, no matchmaker can be as good as the great ones used to be. For starters, there are fewer fighters. Don Chargin has been making matches and promoting fights in California for more than fifty years. The lines are gone now. And the pool of acceptable opponents keeps getting smaller because very few promoters make an effort to build opponents back up after they lose a fight by matching them against other opponents.

It used to be that a manager could say ‘yes’ right away to a fight. Now it’s a committee decision. In the old days, if you were ranked number eight, you wanted to fight the guy who was number seven.

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Newsletter Sign Up. Enter a search term Search. By Thomas Hauser “Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match, Find me a find, catch me a catch Matchmaker, matchmaker, look through your book, And make me a perfect match. He has the toughest job in boxing that doesn’t involve taking punches. The first thing to know about it is that the matchmaker works for the promoter, not the fans.

The Boy I was meant to fight came in at 74Kg, nearly 5Kg bigger! Needless to say the bout didn’t take place, making this the 3rd bout I have had.

The Pacman collected yet another title in an unprecedented eighth weight division with his win over Antonio Margarito despite significant disadvantages in height, strength and weight. Margarito weighed in at the contracted limit of lbs but Pacquiao surprised everyone when he weighed in well below the limit at The opposite is also true and Margarito weighed lbs by the time they stepped in the ring giving him a 17 lb weight advantage against the naturally smaller man.

For all of the credit that is due to Pacquiao for his meteoric rise to boxing superstardom and giving his trainer Freddie Roach the credit he is due as well, there is someone whom is almost never congratulated or thanked in post fight speeches, award dinners or even in boxing conversations: Bruce Trampler. Whoever they want me to fight, I will fight.

Top Rank has done an excellent job with his career. Even when his contract expired and Pacquiao accepted a briefcase full of cash to sign with Golden Boy Promotions, Pacquiao side-stepped a contract and stayed with Top Rank which only added fuel to the fire between the two promoters and prompted more than one lawsuit that is still going on to this day. The short answer: tremendously different. Pacquiao has been named fighter of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America multiple times and his trainer Freddie Roach has been named trainer of the year multiple times for his work with Pacquiao as well.

Every major promoter has a matchmaker but Trampler has helped prune careers of young boxers like De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Pacquiao into superstars. There is a method of how to step a fighter up in his career that will give him both noteworthy wins and the most amount of acclaim with the least amount of risk. You need your matchmaker to help you avoid those catastrophic knockout losses, as a promoter and as a fighter.

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Dream Fights — Some At this time, there are computer tournaments to watch, interviews from the good people at IFL TV, who are doing interviews over the telephone and posting them on YouTube, and of course, great fights from years gone by to watch, and watch all over again. Add to Chrome. Sign in.

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During these fight nights, everyone dresses up in tuxedos, and after the bouts are finished, the ring is flipped, and the space is turned into a gambling floor. Though I never had the chance to take boxing very seriously, I had always wanted to compete in amateur boxing competitions. I often feel that learning a skill is not enough. I want to apply what I learn to practice. So what better place to gauge my boxing skill than in live competitions?

This conversation became the catalyst for me to begin pursuing amateur boxing more seriously. I decided to make it my goal to compete in, and ideally win, one of the more prestigious amateur boxing competitions — the NYC Golden Gloves. My plan this match was to take my time, fish for opportunities to land counter punches, and exploit any mistakes or openings my opponent made. But right off the bat, my opponent made a mad rush at me which caught me off guard.

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Hi everyone I thought i would start this thread as tonight I was meant to have a bout. I have had 2 so far, but have had about 6 cancelled. It took me an hour and a half to get there, and I weighed in as soon as my trainer got to the venue. I weighed in at The Boy I was meant to fight came in at 74Kg, nearly 5Kg bigger! Needless to say the bout didn’t take place, making this the 3rd bout I have had cancelled this season.

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In the show Fiddler on the Roof , Hodel and Chava dream that the town matchmaker will find them husbands and then they will live happily ever after. In boxing, matchmakers utilize similar talents as the ones in the play, but with decidedly different results. Just how does one become a matchmaker? All matchmakers interviewed for this article agreed on one prerequisite for the job — a love of boxing. From there he met various people in the industry and one thing led to another.

Moretti was given increased responsibility and allowed to make matches for the four and six rounders. Matchmaking is not simply creating dream match-ups. Making matches also requires the ability to negotiate contracts, and most of all, having reliable industry sources. But they also rely heavily on others to give them honest appraisals of how a particular boxer looks in the ring or gym.

It has to be competitive. There has to be some sort of intrigue to it for someone to tune in and watch.

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