For some guys, life is a challenge. Joel Alarcon is one of those guys.
This 140 lbs. junior welterweight has had to fight hard all his life
for what little he has. He is a 25 year old professional fighter with
an 0-2-0 record. Although unmarried, he supports his nine year old
daughter from a previous relationship. He does not have a high school
degree nor a marketable job skill. He also has had minor brushes with
the Massachusetts criminal justice system.
He is currently employed as an unskilled paid helper at the Sister Rose
Catholic Shelter in New Bedford. He had formerly worked as a baker at
the Shamrock Bakery, also located in New Bedford.
Short of winning the Power Ball or Mega Millions lotteries, boxing is
probably the only avenue open to him that will allow some movement up
the socio economic ladder. Of course, a boxer who has lost his first
two pro fights will have trouble getting promoters and match makers to
take him seriously. Regardless, this writer feels that Alarcon has a
lot of hidden potential. At this stage in his fledgling
career, bringing the right people onboard to guide him is critical.
He may have finally hit pay dirt. Whereas he had been managed by New
Bedford ex-fighter Ray Oliveira, he has now switched trainers and
placed his fate in the hands of Libby Medeiros, a fixture on the
southeastern Massachusetts, boxing scene for over 41 years.
Libby apparently has seen something in this straight ahead, hard
puncher with a dead pan expression who seems willing to spar with
anyone who will climb into the ring with him. The slightly sloped
shoulder posture of Alarcon’s physique often was interrupted in the
past by old time trainers as a sign of good punching power. Gym
sparring sessions involving Alarcon that I have watched seem to support
this theory. He is a hard hitter who methodically stalks his opponents
and once he corners them, opens up with quick, powerful shots.
Harnessing this raw, untapped potential is the job of a good trainer.
Keeping a boxer on task and focused is also the trainer’s job. The
careers of many promising fighters have probably been lost in boxing
cyber space because of bad management. This should not happen if Libby
Medeiros stays involved with this rookie.
Campbell Boxing Report