A Boxing Family Story
By Michael Woods
Tomorrow night in the MSG Theatre, in the Felix Verdejo corner, Tommy Gallagher, a face familiar to NY area fight fans will be present, there with a bag full of Q tips, and coagulant and other tricks of the cutman.
He will be there because he's family…
He's more known as a trainer, and he had that role back in the mid 80s, when he trained Ricky Marquez, the man who tutors Verdejo.
“Tommy will be there because I trust him, because Felix trusts me to make these decisions,” Marquez told me Friday.
Marquez had an abbreviated pro career. He went 3-2, after fighting in the NY Golden Gloves with Tommy G in his corner. The Puerto Rican hurt his right foot and that injury wouldn't heal up, so he retired in 1988.
He knew pretty quick that he wanted to stay in boxing and fate sent him a winning lotto ticket in the form of Verdejo, who walked into his gym at age 9. “And I saw right away, he had what you can't teach,” Marquez said.
And tomorrow, you will see a gorgeous element of a game which has a bad rap for being filled with bad actors. You will see a story of continued loyalty, of trust, of family, boxing style. Tommy G, NY fight royalty, in the ring with the kid with a million dollar punch, and a two million dollar smile, and lotto winner Marquez.