“They think punching is everything when they first start out,’’ Hebert said. “Punching is the easy part.’’
Weight is an issue Hebert pointed out as a training problem.
“These guys stop training, then come back to it and wonder why they’re not doing good,’’ he said. “It’s because they’ve gained weight. They’re out of shape.’’
Boxers can get out of shape both physically and mentally. Colon is an example of that. He was spreading himself too thin early in his training, Hebert said.
“We had to talk with Isaiah and eventually his parents,” Hebert said.
Colon goes to school every morning, then is off to work in the afternoon until 7:30 p.m.
“He wants to come here and train and there’s not enough time,” Hebert said. “He was wearing himself out, even at that age.’’
Colon made the choice to reduce his work schedule to commit more time to training, Hebert said, after he and Colon talked about how he wanted to resolve his situation.
“He won a few matches early on and did alright,” Hebert said. “But when he came to us, he hadn’t trained much and we had to work with him.’’
Hebert said he is looking forward to developing the talent of Colon and other young club members to put Haverhill back on the boxing map.
“When I came up in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Haverhill competed and we won awards,” he said.
He held a framed picture of a young Haverhill fighter in the mid-1960s landing a powerful jab on the jaw of his opponent.
“That’s how we got there,” Hebert said, “We committed ourselves to the sport.’’
Lawrence has three clubs, Hebert said, and they enter good fighters into matches. Hebert thinks Haverhill can build a few good contenders of its own, and he has several new boxers in training that he wants to enter into the Golden Gloves in January.