By William Trillo
Within less than a minute after Kermit Cintron awkwardly rolled out of the ring and was prone on the ringside floor this past Saturday night, I could clearly hear the rumbling start from my seat in media row. “Not again”, said one voice while yet another suggested, ” He is looking for a way out!”
And yet again, for whatever reason Cintron was stuck in the middle of controversy. Clearly the most memorable of those controversies was the bout that ended in a draw with Sergio Martinez. During that fight Cintron went down from a punch and he was apparently counted out at the end of the round. Moments later the ref changed his mind and the bout continued to it’s deadlocked end. Say what you will, this was the fault of an inept ref and not Cintron although he took more than his fair share of written abuse after that fight.
Admittedly, I even took Cintron to task for his meltdown in Los Angeles after his victory over Jesse Feliciano and I regret that after doing some research on Cintron and his rough early years. Kermit had a tough childhood.
As a young boy he had to watch his Mother die of Cancer. After her death his Father who was unable to care for Kermit and his siblings sent them to an Uncle in America. The Father kept in contact with his children but when Kermit turned 13 his Father died of a heart attack and it left him an orphan.
To find a constructive outlet for his troubles Cintron turned to boxing and wrestling. Cintron was a High School stand out in wrestling and was offered College scholarships but a knee injury forced him to stop wrestling and make boxing his full time job.
As we know, Cintron became a very accomplished professional boxer and has been in many huge marquee match ups. The first of which was his KO loss to Antonio Margarito, Cintrons first loss. After that Cintron put on another run of victories and was seemingly back on track to a title.
Emanuel Steward, Kermit’s new trainer was so convinced Cintron was on the right track that it spurned me to pen an article featuring Steward claiming he would train Cintron to beat a flawed Floyd Mayweather.
Soon thereafter came the Felciano fight and shortly thereafter Cintron and Steward went their separate ways. Then came the Margarito rematch which went much as the first fight. In hindsight, knowing what we know now, Cintron claims that Margarito’s gloves were loaded then and he does not accept those loses as legitimate.
In recent times Cintron has had the aforementioned draw with Martinez, who now is the WBC Middleweight Champ, followed up by his blistering and very impressive win over the rough Alfredo Angulo who now holds an interim 154 title belt.
Fast forward to this past Saturday night and once again Cintron found himself in the unenviable spot of once again being second guessed by the media for his falling out of the ring, and eventual bizarre loss to Paul Williams.
Yes, Kermit has had his share of turmoil in the ring, but before any of us ever again second guess his heart or what is going on with him upstairs, I ask that you remember that this kid went through more than most of us could imagine as a child and instead of turning it into an excuse to fail he turned it into a reason to perform at the highest level and for the most part he has succeeded. And much to his credit, when he did not succeed or come out on top he has not quit, but rather has put his nose back to the grindstone and has always found a way to scratch and claw his way back up, almost to the very top.
Once again Cintron has come up just a hair short, but if history tells us anything we can rest assured Cintron will do whatever it takes to pick himself up and make another attempt to get to the top of that mountain again.
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