Adrian Clark is one of the new breed of managers in the game, and full disclosure, I’ve been impressed with his hustle and his decency.
Clark has been a guest a few times on my Everlast “Talkbox” podcast and he’s spoken on his books on the pod.
The manager, who works as a strategic advisor to Willie Monroe Jr, and also manages Frank Galarza aka The Brooklyn Rocky, spoke to NYF about the recent developement which saw Monroe losing out on a fight with Jermall Charlo.
Q From Woods) Can you tell us how you learned about this news, and what your reaction was?
A From Clark) I was actually on the phone with Willie when I got the news. Of course, I was shocked at the allegations. I’ve always known Willie to be a hard working fighter but most importantly, a clean fighter.
Q) Did Willie explain what happened?
A) Willie wants to be the one to issue his statement to fans and the boxing community.
Q) The WBC said a supplement he used works to boost testosterone. Did he tell you what it was? And why he used it, or what the circumstances were?
A) Willie told VADA representatives everything he took in the past 7 days before he was tested. He wrote on a VADA form “testosterone booster.” This was 6 weeks ago.
Q) I read he disclosed the usage of the supplement…I think that indicates a degree of forthrightness, yes?
A) Would a guy that was trying to cheat give himself up? Willie was completely honest with VADA.
Q) So, where does he go from here? How is he feeling? What is he thinking?
A) Tough blow! Of course he is devastated but Willie is a strong dude. He is immune to something getting in his way and overcoming it. This will be a huge hurdle for him but he is resilient. He’ll be back.
My three cents: Willie’s loss is Matt Korobov’s gain. The Florida based Russian told me he should be OK making 160, though he was contracted to fight Saturday night underneath the main event in a super middle clash. He sounded pumped and relieved to get this shot: “My luck has been crappy the last two years! No fights, no one will fight me, big name, small name, nothing. I have been through three training camps without the fight ever happening. My team and family have stood by me and I am so grateful for that! I have been humbled by the last 25 months.”
Beware a hungry and humble warrior…
Let’s see how this plays out. One man’s coal in a stocking is a heat-furnisher in the stove of another man.