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  1. Fight Talk from The Corner
    Michael Traubert
    One Championship

    Local Boxing Promotor & 5-time world champion Roy Jones jr who put together a number of shows at Mountaineer Casino at the Harv is coming out of retirement (Well maybe). If the combatants answer the bell for round one many have been looking for this match up. At least that the fight talk from the corner in between rounds jones would be returning to combat sports a little over a year after his last boxing match.
    Former UFC star Vitor Belfort posted a video message he received from Jones on Instagram in which the retired boxer answered a challenge Belfort had issued for a ONE Championship event.
    I had a chance to meet and greet Jones enjoy a photo opportunity with him on several occasions at Mountaineer. Not bad for a poor kid who started out carrying the spit bucket! As for the promotion company One Championship it ranks as the number a sports promotion company in Asia its net worth is over a billion dollars. Japan has the 3rd largest economy in the world. The board looks like a who’s who from a Harvard University MBA reunion. Combat sports is big business the backers include Sequoia Capital, investors - Singapore Government (Temasek). The Board includes a who’s Who’ of Asia financial world Chatri Sityodtong Chair and founder holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University. Victor Cui CEO born in Edmonton, Alberta to Filipino parents and served in the Canadian navy before taking executive roles at ESPN Star Sports and the PGA Tour during a successful 15-year career in sports media and communications. Derek Lau Bachelor's Degree National University of Singapore graduated with Honors (Upper). Shailendra Singh MBA 2004
    Harvard Business School bachelor’s Degree 1998 Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Saurabh Mittal Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, graduating as a Baker Scholar.

  2. Fight Talk from The Corner
    Michael Traubert
    Dave Epstein book Sports Gene
    How much fast twitch or slow twitch muscle fiber a person is given is a gift from the creator. In most people it breaks down to about 50 % fast twitch and 50 % slow twitch. However, some people receive a greater amount of one or the other and how you train impacts a percentage of what God has given about 10%. We have all seen the 1940 movie Knute Rockne All American in which future President Ronald Regan was the star as George Gipp at the time film was made and even today some coaches have boxers run laps to get into shape. This misguided type of exercise is actually making the amateur slower. Remember I said how you exercise effects about 10% of God’s Gift.
    Those given a greater percentage of the so called “Sports Gene” known officially as ACTN3 gene and effects muscle performance. Fast twitch muscle as the name would suggest is an explosive acting muscle and practicing short 30 second running sprints at full speed with a lot of rest in between can convert a greater percentage of your muscle fiber to fast twitch. However, it will not increase your overall muscle fiber total which is predetermined at birth
    This gift is a use it or lose it sort of thing that as a person ages the body begins to produce less and less of this special gift from God Almighty is the subject of former Sports Illustrated writer Dave Epstein book Sports Gene. So, to break down the subject so the reader of the sport page of the Vindicator can understand a normal, functional version called 577R, and a "defective" version called 577X, which contains a single base change that prevents the production of α-actinin-3. People who have two copies of the 577X version (I'll refer to them as X/X) produce absolutely no α-actinin-3 in their fast muscle fibers.
    So, the athletes who was born with the most ACTN3 gene might win has no more certainty than the boxer who has the greatest amount of fast twitch muscle fiber a sport which is preformed using 90% fast twitch muscle fiber. That’s why some of the greatest amateur fail in professional boxing as the rounds progress, they lack the slow twitch muscle fiber the longer bouts require.
    I talk about crossing the mid line in practice another time the small circles foot work used by The Cuban National Team.

  3. William Michael Traubert Wellsburg WV officiated as the inspector for Combat Sports that included Professional Boxing at an event sanctioned West Virginia State Athletic Commission. At the National Guard Armory Saturday March 16, 2019 in Parkesburg WV. Overseeing hand wrapping with commission preventing” stacking” the taping of the knuckle pad, fashioned from multiple layers of gauze. Traubert is licensed with WVSAC and has inspected over 250 bouts on mutable cards.

  4. Fight Talk from The Corner
    Michael Traubert

    Abe Sanchez the Construction Contractor now is considered the world’s number 1 trainer among his pupils is (Triple G) Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin with his 21st century High-altitude training gym in Big Bear. Mr. Sanchez has said “throwing the hook at distance will increase power ‘So, a local Valley Competitor tries to implement it with little success. This is a stay in school moment because Newtons Second Law of motion says that FORCE is equal to MASS times Acceleration (F= m x a). You must either increase one or both parts of the equation to make the punch work.
    You can increase acceleration by jump rope the spinning motion will build your fast twitch muscles in your shoulders. (See Sugar Ray Robison achieve film as a good example). Double Dutch is best this one is made for the ladies …but men will receive more benefit with it as well… a stand-alone athlete can take the wrapping hospitals place around the arm after they take blood not real tight in case of a miss step to prefect form on the upper arm. Another old fashion idea like placing newspapers under the elbows of the novice boxer to help hold position that’s out the 1930’s Brewster’s Gym in Detroit where Joe Louis trained a trainer by the name of Al (shorty) Linton who first showed the Brown Bomber how to hold his hands up. Stance use cord on the ankle about shoulder length to keep feet in position. In my gym we lacked funding being always on a budget so I used an old tire innertube around a heavy bag like a donut for upper cut practice. If you take a Lacrosse Ball and place it on the front of your shoulders to loosen the so-called boxers muscle the Seraratus Anterior it will help you bring the back side into the punch. Overcoming punching power with isometrics placing the fisted glove against a solid object like a wall in mutable positions (Vertical and horizontal) push for about 6 seconds remember about 40% of all body muscles can be enhanced by training no substitute for good training habits. These are the things you learn in science class in high school and college. Stay in school young people somewhere off the stage people with degrees in sports medicine, athletic training or both remain the movers and shakers of the industry. … STAY IN SCHOOL ...from a guy who wanted to quit school to become a boxing trainer …

  5. Fight Talk from The Corner Michael Traubert

    William Michael Traubert Wellsburg WV officiated as the inspector Professional & Amateur MMA at an event sanctioned West Virginia State Athletic Commission. Before A sellout crowd At Mountaineer Casino Speakeasy Ball Room Saturday March 23, 2019 in New Cumberland WV. Overseeing hand wrapping with the commission preventing” stacking” the taping of the knuckle pad, fashioned from multiple layers of gauze. He attended a clinic with MMA Blake Grice of South Carolina himself, named an MMA referee and judge trainer by the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) at Flatwoods WV August 28, 2016. Traubert is licensed with WVSAC and has inspected over 400 bouts on mutable cards.

  6. Fight Talk from The Corner Michael Traubert
    Traubert Build Career in Professional Boxing

    William Michael Traubert Wellsburg WV is officiating as the inspector Professional Boxing at the Event Center in Morgantown WV Friday April 5, 2019 sanctioned West Virginia State Athletic Commission. He enforces the Competition rules that restrict the type and amount of material used, giving each fighter a limited amount of gauze and tape which may be divided and rolled in various ways for a particular fighter or match. He attended a clinic in Boxing officiating training from Greg Serb (executive Director of The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission and the longest serving director in the United State) conducted August 28, 2016. and December 8, 2018 by Mike Mazzulli, current ABC President and former Top-Level Inspector for the Association of Boxing Commissions at Capitol High School in Charleston. Traubert is licensed with WVSAC and has inspected over 400 bouts on mutable cards.

  7. What gym does Mellisa Hernandez train at. I was wondering if she wanted to spar. I've been sparring with Jen Sharp.

  8. Fight Talk from The Corner
    Michael Traubert

    William Michael Traubert served as the Inspector On The West Virginia State Athletic Commission Saturday June 1, 2019 on 11 bout card that included 4 professional matches featuring the 8 round vacant American Boxing Federation Colonial Atlantic Super Welterweight Title .I have spent countless hours researching glove types and noted only foam padded gloves were used in the championship fight. With boxer’s safety the first concern of officials. The fights were held in The former Moundsville West Virginia Pen home to "Old Sparky"...

  9. I hope the new school year finds everyone back in the class room! I sure you know USA Boxing has a new coach certification program. I am all in and have my “Green Certification “in USA Boxing the person who wins the first-round wins 80 % of all bouts! Even the very elite athletes can not keep their heart rate at a maximum rate for a very long. So, you cannot ride a bicycle or go swimming before your bout.
    No but squat and jumps or running in place high can be done even in smaller locker rooms space like hotels that is a great aerobic exercise to increase your heart rate. So, here is an example March 8, 2017 YouTube Boxflex video by Amy Dixon 3 ways to get your heart rate up
    This works for Professional Boxing and MMA as well amateur MMA find your spot on the card time your warm up accordingly be mindful of intermission and the unexpected like a boxer who requires medical attention before they leave the ring in the bout before yours.
    Keep in mind that 80 % number at the next Boxing show … Keep on Punching

  10. Fight Talk From the Corner Michael Traubert

    I am the kid who watched boxing from the nose bleed seats! I cut the stories out of the local newspaper pasting them in old scrap book with a brown cover. I was promoting boxing in my back yard while still in high school I was deeply influenced by Don Elbaum who promoted boxing in my birth town Steubenville Ohio and nearby at the Millsop Community Center Weirton West Virginia growing up. In the 2017 book There Will Always Be Boxing Another Year Inside the Sweet Science by Thomas Hauser. The 2019 Boxing Hall of famer Elbaum recalls some of early promotions and the events sounding them. I recall working as Rosin Box Boy at local fights when fighter rubbed their shoes in the brown grit, I carried the tin spit bucket up the back steps of Millsop Community Center many nights leading to the squared circle and ascended the steps at the old Catholic Community Center and other revenues where the three roped inside seat awaited the local leather pushers .
    This week I will be working The West Virginia State Supper Welterweight Championship fight as an official with The Commission. So, to young reader understand the difference between Dynamic Warmup vs. Static Stretching: What’s the difference you may ask. Dynamic warmup gets your muscles and joints loose for your workout. Static stretching elongates the muscle, pushing it past the point it wants to go. Will talk more about this keep in mind training will get you the best results stay in school and get that diploma! Make your dreams come true …

  11. Fight Talk From the Corner Michael Traubert

    At WesBacno Arena last night was getting a few questions about the liver punch so I thought I would write the basics of the liver punch the idea of not landing the blow it’s not a true hook or upper cut either rather a horizontal position most coaches stressed this but in upper angle or diagonal motion. The 10 Intercostal Space between the 9 and 10 rib AKA as the false ribs a total of 12 ribs on both sides of most people. So, that area not protected by ribs cage more towards the back may prove fertile ground.

    !. Right hook to the opponent’s head aimed high then a shot to the liver.

    2. jab to the face the thought is to bring the opponents guard up opening the other boxer to a liver shot.
    When japing with your left hand your right with palm open facing your opponent’s helping to guard your chin face area when you throw the liver shot your right hand now in a fist should slide back to guard your right chin and ear area.

    3. The straight right hand again (Which your opponent maybe the defense tactic parrying to block it) aimed high providing the opening for the liver shot. Opponents will lift guard the great trainer Ray Arcel talked about Benny Leonard the master of feinting this is where your eyes can be used to help camouflage your intent to deliver the liver punch.

    4.Works best against Cage or ropes Left hook hand is high (also considering using eyes a faint) then follow by the liver shot.
    I personally observed in fight broadcasts both Shane Mosley and Triple G’s delivering the liver shot with the thumb down motion researching this technique it sems to have its roots in Russian Martial Art history.

    To my young readers keep in mind the knuckle surface is a scoring blow for legal USA Boxing blows to be scored. Let’s put school work first please!

  12. Fight Talk from The Corner
    Michael Traubert
    Inspector on The West Virginia State Athletic Commission

    I know the new school year finds everyone back in the class room under the most unique circumstance! I want my Golden Glove readers to dig a little deeper on this event and understand why I am always talking about staying in school. As Warren Ohio’s Ernie Shavers was said ‘’Professional boxing is about making money …” So, The Mike Tyson (54) v Roy Jones Jr. (51) … 8 round pay-per-view exhibition bout and under card … Tyson is one of the owner’s aka investors of the venture capitol group that owns Legends only League… Eros Innovations include Eros Investments, a media and tech investment holding company whose affiliate companies include Eros Now, India's leading OTT platform Over the top (OTT) refers to film and television content provided via a high-speed Internet connection rather than a cable or satellite provider. ... with 186 million registered users. Eros STX Global Institutional Ownership the “SUITS” will walk away with lion share of whatever $$$ is made … Golden Glove please stay in school it’s tough times. Next Boxing show lift up your head and lean all that you can about what is going at the show … Keep on Punching

  13. Fight Talk from the Corner Michael Traubert

    Ray Mancini talks about the smell of the popcorn at The Struthers Field house on Golden Glove Championship night ...It's that same kind of memory that is selling the Pay for View last Saturday night … My Golden Glove readers must be thinking look at these old guys! After seeing Roy Jones v Mike Tyson … if that wasn’t enough Evander Holyfield is calling out Tyson … in 1981 & 1982 Tyson won the gold medal at the Junior Olympics… during this time I was sending articles to Bob Taylor, publisher of Connecticut-based Amateur Boxer magazine. I was printed under my own byline a couple times it was a thrill I was so young … In the summer of 1981, I had my own stable of fighters I cut tape, wrapped hands filled the ice bucket … I ascend the ring steps like Michael “Mickey” Goodmill at The Washington County Pennsylvania Fair. I was on the phone with John as the match maker at The Follansbee WV Field House fights that year Harry Arroyo was on the card. I had Henry Smith bring his grandson Michael Moorer down but his opponent was a no show. I received his 30+ year service Pin from former USA Boxing president John Brown… I judged my first fight Saturday November 13, 1982 at Southern Local school gymnasium Columbiana Co. Headed the Junior Olympic Boxing Program for the Allegheny Mountain Association 1983 served as a Regional Coach on the team was that traveled to Philadelphia in 83 the squad included Michael Moore future World Heavy Weight Champion.


  14. Fight Talk from the Corner Michael Traubert
    The boxing coach / trainer Rafael Díaz Covarrubias has passed Youngstown leather pushers fans will remember him from being in opposite corner in “The ghost” Kelly Pavlik 2009 fights. It was time when Bruce Springsteen 11th Studio Album The ghost of Tom Joad with the only single release from album titled Youngstown filled the airwaves my Golden Glove readers will find in literature Tom Joad as the American consciousness in John Steinbeck’s 1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath, set against the economic hardships of the Great Depression…
    Again, Golden Glovers no research in science has indicated that an increase in the actual number of muscle fibers is possible. It’s has yet to be proven that can you convert one type of muscle fiber to another. A likely plan for success would be box jumps and short distance sprints Sugar Ray Robinson makes a great role model The Famous Ali Shuffle is said to be a tap dance move. Robinson was a world class dancer the box jump may well be rooted in the inner-city children who sought entertainment jumped off the front steps as part of a game because they had no back yards to play in.
    So, ask those young ladies to dance it’s good for your boxing and lady boxers ask those young men Golden Glovers to get those backs off the wall...

  15. Fight Talk from the Corner Michael Traubert
    It's official -- Floyd Mayweather is fighting Logan Paul. Here's what you need to know ... it's an exhibition boxing match set for Feb. 20, and it's available on Pay-Per-View on Fanmio was founded by Solomon Engel Aaron Anderson
    Dana White UFC president seems distressed about the news… To my Golden Glove readers this just a lot of noise I did some research I am providing this address for Plyometric which will make you more success full Boxing Drills: Plyometrics for Boxing Footwork | Ringside Boxing Blog…
    Hit them school books …

  16. Fight Talk from The Corner
    Michael Traubert
    William Michael Traubert Wellsburg West Virginia Michael most recently earned the USA Boxing Level I Referee, Judge Certification as well the Safe Sport Certificate and passed the background screening for amateur boxings national governing body. He received his 30+ membership Pin from former USA Boxing President John Brown in 2016.He holds the distinction of being a newly minted Green level certified Coach a new USA Boxing coaching classification. Having completed How to Coach Kids as well additional course work on coaching offered on line by US Olympic Committee. “a poor kid who started out carrying the spit bucket!” According Youngstown Boxing News. Having judged at the Pittsburg Golden Gloves and was invited to be at official at the 2020 Home Town Heroes A National Tournament in Charleston WV Canceled due Covid-19
    He is an Inspector licensed with West Virginia State Athletic Commission for Professional, Semi Pro Boxing and Professional, Amateur MMA.
    A Graduate of Wheeling Jesuit 2000 BLA & WVNCC AA History AA Social Science as well studied Self Defense under The late Victor Calabrese Jr Wintersville Oh Police Chief Jefferson Technical College a Big man with a big heart .
    He was accepted into West Liberty University Masters in Coaching Program in February 2018 this remain a work in progress.


  17. Fight Talk from The Corner
    Michael Traubert
    Inspector on The West Virginia State Athletic Commission

    Rewind to 1951: The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

    The fight was named The St. Valentine's Day Massacre after the 1929 shootout involving gangster Al Capone because of the bloody beating Jake LaMotta took in the latter rounds of the fight. It was the last time they met in the ring and while more big fights lay ahead for Sugar Ray Robinson, this was the last big bout for LaMotta who retired three years later….
    The cancellation of the Floyd Mayweather Jr v Logan Paul exhibition scheduled for Saturday February 20 allows me to spill a bit on ink on the issue Floyd Jr hand issues. Robert Ware aka “do it all Bob” is one of the cornerman who has been imbedded at the MGM in Las Vegas during the Covid-19 Pandemic that has allowed the show to go on and has been wrapping the pound for pound champion hands since Marcos Maidana fight in 2014 leading to the departure of legendary cornerman the late Rafael Garcia back around 2015. Mr. Ware tells of us that he uses” Conforming Gauze…” but has been unwilling to reveal his trade secret only stating he adds an extra piece of tape in certain spots the mixture of Gauze & Tape which can be partially viewed on YouTube for closer study. Historically when hand wraps have been removed it reveals that moisture in skin has been drained after repeated use the fighters skin appear whiter losing some color… The burden of sunset pugilists like those scenes in Rod Sterling’s (1962) A requiem for A Heavy Weight …
    When it comes to skincare, the word “acid” might conjure thoughts of exfoliation or even irritation—but hydration? Not so much. However, a certain type of acid can be seriously hydrating—and it deserves all the attention it’s garnered in the past few years. Hyaluronic acid, a tried-and-true ingredient that’s experiencing a bit of a renaissance, can satisfy even the thirstiest prizefighters fists.
    Applied topically, this humectant acts like a tiny sponge, holding up to a thousand times its weight in water and pulling it to the skin’s surface to quench and plump, A commonly used as an ingredient in moisturizers because of its hydration benefits can benefit the leather pushers.
    Humphrey Bogart could step right off the set of Harder They Fall (1956) and find hyaluronic acid in tons of products, often listed as sodium hyaluronate on the ingredients label, but most people opt for either a serum (applied after cleansing and before a moisturizer) or a cream .Serums will give you a direct shot of your favorite active ingredients, while moisturizer helps seal all that goodness in. The best part? Hyaluronic acid can benefit all skin types—from sensitive and dry to oily and acne-prone—because it helps reduce irritating side effects from stronger ingredients that can feel harsh or dry out the skin.
    Happy Valentine’s Day

  18. 50th anniversary of The Fight of the Century

    March 8th 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of The Fight of the Century between Muhammad Ali v Smoking Joe Frazier. Steubenville, OH native Jimmy the Greek Snyder is quoted as saying “: It’s the people who have turned the odds in Frazier's favor…” By 1971, Muhammad Ali was one of the most recognizable faces on Earth. He’d been stripped of his championship in 1967 for refusing induction into the military as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War.
    Heading into Round 15 all three judges had Frazier in the lead (7–6–1, 10–4–0, and 8–6–0), and Frazier closed convincingly. Early in the round Frazier landed a left hook that put Ali on the canvas. Ali, his jaw swollen noticeably, got up at the count of four, and managed to stay on his feet for the rest of the round despite several terrific blows from Frazier. A few minutes later the judges made it official: Frazier had retained the title with a unanimous decision, dealing Ali his first professional loss.
    50th anniversary of The Fight of the Century
    Las Vegas Sport book Jimmy the Greek Snyder is quoted as saying “: It’s the people who have turned the odds in Frazier's favor…” March 8th 1971 that night would have profound effect on the rest of my life… Demetrios Georgios Sinodinos and I share the same birth town my maternal ancestors include the O’Brien’s. The “Greek “got his start spinning the Wheel for Money O’Brien. Here is sort of how events unfolded “The Greek” would go every day to Washington Square in Steubenville, OH not far from where Copper Smith the Jewish Immigrant operated his Cigar Store at Imperial Hotel building, the trains pulled in almost hourly from all over the country. After asking the porters to gather all the newspapers on the train Tipping the porters .50 cents, he has in hand with in day of printing the sports pages & Columns of Shirley Povich of The Washington Post, Furman Bisher in Atlanta, David Condum of Chicago Tribune etc. He simply had more information and compiled it… I scurry around gathering newspapers enjoyed the success of sweat equity in boxing doing the same thing!