When David Haye brought on an upset in 2009 by defeating Nikolai Valuev to gain the WBA heavyweight title, it was exposed that he denied himself sexual intercourse for 13 months.
That was the extent of sacrifice fuelled by the starvation for results invested in the sport.
But some many years earlier one more boxing terrific in Ghana David Kotei (D.K. Poison) built equivalent sacrifices but with a unique twist.
In the impending Pleasure News/ Pleasure Sports Hotline documentary, The Boxing Personal loan, which among other points marks his 45th title-successful milestone for Ghana, D.K. Poison also resisted significant temptations from some gorgeous women.
The Ghanaian legend arrived in Inglewood, California for pre-battle gatherings a week in advance of time following a productive education camp in New York.
The promoters at the time sent spies as perfectly as sparring partners to get data on D.K. Poison but he outsmarted them by not performing a great deal through the unique periods.
He recollects that “they imagined I was some everyday boxer whom their boxer could easily outwit in the ring. The spy who came to my camp returned with info that I cherished consuming a lot of beer and that Olivares could effortlessly beat me.”
“After the press meeting they acquired up to people silly methods and the Olivares camp despatched some beautiful females to my lobby to tempt me. You know what that suggests. They preferred to see if I would have an situation with just one of them.
But I explained to them I still left my manhood in Africa. Following the fight, I will go back again for it. They could not assist but have a excellent laugh,” he recollected.
His clarification for not turning a head to acquire a next seem at any of the women was that his focus was on the title. At the time, Ghana rarely experienced a entire world champion, or a world title in any sport, soon after failed tries by the likes of Adore Allotey and Floyd Klutei Robertson.
D.K. Poison’s defeat of Reuben Olivares on September 20, 1975, was greeted with a good deal of anger by the followers at the Coliseum in California these that he had to be declared winner in the dressing space.
D.K. Poison’s documentary The Boxing Mortgage will be aired on the Joy News channel (DSTV 421 and free-to-air) in advance of the commemoration of his 45th anniversary of annexing the title which falls on September 20.
D.K. Poison’s ranking of Reuben Olivares
“I never want to praise myself for something but at the time, the bookmakers regarded Olivares a lot more than Mohammed Ali. I consider that Mohammed Ali is the biggest of all time. Olivares was a tricky opponent. He was not low-priced. It was a tricky fight.”
Reuben ‘El Puas’ Olivares retired in 1988, right after racking up 105 bouts all through his expert job. He gained 89 of them, shed 13 and drew 3 with 79 of the wins coming by means of knockouts.