Thursday, September 21, 2006
Anyone that has been following this season of The Contender knows that trainer Tommy Gallagher comes from a different era of boxing...
Tommy Gallagher’s connection to the past is an easy process. The veteran trainer just needs to close his eyes, and he sees ghosts. He can hear the sonic boom of Rocky Marciano’s fists slamming the elephant of a heavybag that used to shake the rafters of Stillman’s Gym in New York City. He can feel the silk lapels of one of Rocky Graziano’s suits, and smell the cigar smoke of all those Italian and Jewish wise guys that used to gather at Stillman’s.
A time when the fighters ruled the boxing landscape.
It’s that old-school feel that draws Gallagher to “The Contender.” He’s been associated with the successful boxing reality show as it concludes its second season, and the first on ESPN.
I hope I’m not the only one who has noticed that Gallagher is a pretty good trainer. Word on the street is that he is the head trainer for Steve Forbes going into the finals of the show - Excellent choice by Forbes.
Gallagher is a perfect example of those boxing people who are still around and are about the real things surrounding the sport. Many today are just in it for the money and the fame; Gallagher goes out of his way to work with the young kids, both in and outside of the ring.