There is a lot of preparation that goes into having a fighter primed for a fight and not all of this happens in the gym. There are miles of roadwork that need to happen, hours of strength training, and lots of visualization. All of this would be wasted if you lose focus on your way to the ring; it is of absolute most importance that you maintain a disciplined locker room prior to a fight.
My former partner, Mike Letourneau, had some tough jobs and was vital for any success that we both share in our joint promotions. He not only had to match fights – which is the hardest job in boxing – but he also had to tolerate me in the locker room. I am very focused and intense in a locker room prior to a fight. In retrospect this might be due to my prior military service and being involved in a friendly-fire incident. As you can imagine this creates trust issues, and would make someone want to make sure that all parties are informed and doing there described jobs. Mike was very tolerate of my intensity; we worked together because of his patience. A good team behind a fighter is very important to their success – Mike Letourneau and I worked together very well.
While Mike was doing his thing with making the matches and dealing with the other fighter’s camps, my wife, Carinda Horton, was doing her thing adding some class to the show. Carinda has a theatre background and she was very instrumental in making sure the show was run smooth and with flare. She was not as tolerant of my intensity and that created some sparks that would help create some good drama in the locker room. This kind of chemistry worked well for our team.
While Mike and Carinda were running the show, I would be in the locker room preparing the fighters for battle. As I stated earlier there is a lot of preparation that goes into making sure a fighter is ready for their fights. All of this preparation has to serve a purpose and that is to make sure the fighter is prepared to their best and win their fights. I would make sure all the time in training camp would take on a theme and would use key phrases, jokes, and music that could then be used in the locker room to put the fighter at ease and to invoke the proper emotion and mental frame of mind for each fighter. Since it was my job to bring all out at the peak time, I would and still will not tolerate any nonsense in the locker room from people that have not been in our camp. I would and will not tolerate anyone trying to deviate from the mental script that the fighter and I have prepared together in camp.