"When I think about this whole process and how this thing went down, you have a young man named Ajose Olusegun who was originally supposed to fight Danny Garcia before the Khan fight took place. I really feel bad for him and others like him. They fight the fights all the way up the ladder to put themselves in position to fight for a world title, but because of politics, they never get their chance to get a shot at a world title. That was supposed to be his fight and not Khan's fight. Now Khan loses to Danny and Danny getting ready to fight Morales, so now what happens to this young man that fought his way up there? Do he get a shot ever? When is enough, enough, man...we gotta do something about it, man, because it was Lamont this time; who is next," stated world-class trainer Barry Hunter, who talked more about the situation that transpired between Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan, which ultimately led to Danny Garcia's getting his opportunity to shine while Ajose Olusegun was once again passed up. Plus, you don't want to miss what he had to say about the state of the U.S. Olympic Boxing program and much more. Check it out!
PC: We left off with you talking about Amir Khan and the way his situation played out with Danny Garcia knocking him out.
BH: Another thing I wanted to speak on is, I'm into the fight game for real. I believe that fighters should fight and put themselves in position to contend for the title. I don't think a belt should ever be bought or a position should ever be bought, because when I think about this whole process and how this thing went down, you have a young man named Ajose Olusegun who was originally supposed to fight Danny Garcia before the Khan fight took place. I really feel bad for him and others like him. They fight the fights all the way up the ladder to put themselves in position to fight for a world title, but because of politics, they never get their chance to get a shot at a world title. That was supposed to be his fight and not Khan's fight. Now Khan loses to Danny and Danny getting ready to fight Morales, so now what happens to this young man that fought his way up there? Do he get a shot ever? When is enough enough, man? These are the things that are turning people off of the sport we love. Everybody that's involved in this sport may not love the sport enough as they should. And looking at some of the old people that really put a lot of time, a lot of love, and energy into the sport and building this game up the way it should be built up, we gotta do something about it, man, because it was Lamont this time; who is next?
PC: I agree with that statement. And someone who I didn't even know you mentored until the HBO special is Adrien Broner. How did you get involved with Adrien and how far could he go in this sport?
BH: Adrien is like my son. I have known him since he was a little kid. His coach, Mike Stafford, is like a brother to me and I love him. We grew up in this amateur thing together and there have been times where he coach mine or I coach his. Naazim Richardson is another one and Virgil Hunter, who is Andre Ward's coach, is another one; and Kevin Cunningham. These are guys who I come through the amateurs with. And in Adrien's case, of course I've known him since he was a kid, along with Rau'Shee Warren. If he couldn't get along at home or he needed to get away from home, we train him in DC. That's the type of relationship we all have. We don't have problems with egos to the point where he can't work with none of mines and I can't work with none of his fighters; Mike Stafford I'm talking about. We all work together. DC is like Adrien's home. In fact, he lives with Patrick Harris, which is my assistant coach, which is Lamont's brother-in-law, when he's here. When he get out of hand, I'm that disciplinarian that's there to put my foot in his behind because we love him for real; not Adrien Broner the boxer. Not Adrien, because he can do many things. He can run the point guard and he can flip just as well as any gymnast. Funny story, we were in Colorado Springs, myself, Mike and Freddie Roach, and we were training the U.S. Team before we were removed from the team. Adrien was down there after we had got finished practicing one time practicing with the gymnasts. He was flipping just as well as anybody down there on the floor. This is a special kid. And the things I said about him on TV is true. This is a very special individual. A lot of times, he's misunderstood or misread because he will talk a lot and he will say some things that I don't think he should say, but nevertheless, it's him. We talk about that all the time, but when you get in front of him, he's still yes sir and no sir. When he got out of order, you check him and he right there on point. I love him, and he's another one that I'm going to ride or die with.
PC: You brought up the amateur scene, so I have to get your thoughts on the struggles that the US Olympic men's team faced this year. What do you think can be done to rectify this and get it back to being a respectable effort by 2016?
BH: Oh, well, I'm gonna ruffle some feathers then since you asked that question. The thing is, and I have sat around and I have heard some of the criticism and the whole nine about the coaches and the athletes. They were put in a situation for 2012 which almost guaranteed for them to go out and be unsuccessful, and I say that because you don't pick the coaching staff 2 weeks out before you travel. You don't train your Olympic team 2 to 3 weeks out before you travel. The Cubans train about 50 weeks. The U.S. Team, pretty much after they had gotten together, trained for about 2 or 3 weeks. So if you a coach, I don't care how good you are, it could have been me and it could have been Mike, the only difference between Mike and I, we got a real deep relationship with the team in general. They will come here and train or we got them in Colorado Springs or they will call us on a personal level. Jose Ramirez, I work with very closely...Joseph Diaz, I can go on down the line. Errol Spence and Rau'Shee Warren I have known since he was a baby. He's like family. Marcus Browne, I know all these kids. The only 2 I wasn't too familiar with was the super heavyweight and the welterweight. The rest of them, I have known since they were kids, so therefore when they have problems, whether at home or in boxing or out of boxing, I'm one of the ones that they will call. And I know what they are capable of doing. It was not the athletes, and I really can't say it was the coaching staff. This goes further beyond the coaching staff and further beyond the athlete. USA boxing in general survives on donations. Other countries are taken care of by their government. These fighters that fight, this is their job. They get paid to do what they do. USA boxing, at the end of what we do, we will get a trophy, a belt, a ribbon, or something like that. If they win a U.S. championship...we got a young lady prime example, her name is Tiara Brown. She is the third or the fourth, believe the third woman in USA boxing history to win a world title. Had her weight class been in the Olympics, she would have been on the Olympics team at 125. She won not only the world championship, but she won the Continental championship and the U.S. championship, and this was all within a month or two around one another. Why is it that no one knows her name? Why is it that there is no huge press release out about her? Why wasn't she compensated for pulling off this huge feat that she pulled off? And then in turn, you are gonna ask this young lady to come back and represent the U.S.? For what? It's things like that. And last but not least, I heard about a couple of tweets and I heard De La Hoya tweeted that he was fed up and that him, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Mark Breland would be the next coaches for the U.S. team. That's funny to me because what would that say to every other coach that's been grinding with these kids since babies all the way up to the present time for no money. It wasn't about no money. But what kind of message does that send or what are you saying about these people? How can you sit by on the sideline and say what the problem is when a lot of the problem is monetary and nobody lifts a hand to help out. After the Olympics is over with, everybody is rushing to these kids trying to sign them to a promotional contracts, so don't be hypocritical. One thing about me Percy, and you know me, I ain't really gotta tell you, but I'm gonna always keep it real.
PC: That's why I like talking to you.
BH: If that's what it is, and I can see if you did everything that you can do to help the situation; don't trash 'em and you didn't do nothing or lift a hand to help them.
PC: So you are saying they want to sign them when it benefits them or their promotional outfit, but just bitch about them losing and don't offer any help when they are fighting for the country?
BH: That's all I'm saying. Let's keep it 100. These kids been out there. Rau'Shee been out there. Adrien Broner been out there and the list goes on and on and on and on. These kids on this Olympic team been out there. It's not that they couldn't have competed on that level because they can; they have been doing it all along, but then when you factor in we can't go to the international dudes and we can't get this type of look from some of the foreign competition, not because we're not willing to go, but because we don't have the finances to get them to these countries to go to these camps. That's where these big time promoters come in at and these ex-fighters. You don't have to do it for the organization, but goddamn, can't you do something for the kids.