21. The King Maker, Tito “Tiburon” Ocasio

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Tito Ocasio, the owner of John 3:16 and 17 Boxing Club in Ocala Florida, is a former Florida State champion boxer who once doubled as an enforcer for the Latin Kings gang. like most gangsters, Tito Ocasio ended up in jail. It was during a stint in prison that Ocasio decided to change. “I came to life in prison,” Ocasio said. Tito left the Latin Kings shortly after his prison bid and decided to give back to the community by opening his own boxing gym.

Many of the boys and girls Tito trains are from low-income households. The gym, John 3:16 and 17 Boxing Club, has become a sanctuary to these high risk kids. It is a place where they learn about themselves. The kids learn discipline, accountability, and hard work.

Tito’s gym not only caters to so-called delinquents, the facility also attracts serious fighters who are looking to reach or stay on top of the food chain. For instances, Tito’s roster includes champions like Antonio Vargas and Gamalier Rodriguez.

 

 

“We make champions here,” Ocasio says. At John 3:16 and 17, fighters train physically, emotionally and spiritually. He counsels them when they’re in need, and works with them to make better fighters and human beings.

In this episode of the Catching Wreck Podcast, Tito talks about the strategies he uses to motivate and improve the athletes that walk through his door.

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Music: Apache by The Incredible Bongo Band.

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15. Shadowboxing With Schiller Hyppolite

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Schiller Hyppolite is a Haitian retired professional boxer who in December 2014, won the vacant WBC International Silver Light Heavyweight title by referee stoppage. Mr. Hyppolite’s career began in Montreal Canada where he fought for the Eye Of The Tiger Promotion. His aggressive style and technical abilities quickly turned him into a fan favorite. Schiller Hyppolite has fought all over the globe and has been crowned champion several times in Canada.

The retired champion is now a personal trainer in Montreal who continues to give back to his community.

On todays episode of the Catching Wreck Podcast, Schiller talks about the cultural changes between Haiti and Canada, winning the WBC title, and the peaks and valleys of the boxing game, and much more.

This episode is partly conducted in French.

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Music By: Pj Pressure

 

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14. Chris Romulo’s Champion Creed

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Hailing out of Queens New York, Chris Romulo is a Muay Thai champion. The new York native began his career as an amateur in 1996 when he was 21 years of age. He quickly turned pro and earned a 13–3 record. In 2010, Chris won the WKA super middleweight North American title. During his career, Romulo won several Muay Thai titles, including a US National Championship, and a Bronze medal in Bangkok Thailand at the Muay Thai World Cup.

Today, the retired champion helps athletes and civilians get in shape at his CROM Physical Culture  gym in Queens New York. Chris Romulo is more than a personal trainer; he is an inspiration who motivates others with his philosophy and proven programs. Chris has taken what he’s learned in the ring and turned it into a practical curriculum called U.P.R.I.S.E. The curriculum shows individuals how to tap into their natural abilities and become their own champion.

In May 2017, Romulo published his memoir, Champions Uprising, which showcases his unwavering determination, grit, and spirit. The book has been a catalyst in helping individuals overcome their self-inflicting obstacles.

Chris has taken his focus from the ring to the pulpit to motivate, educate and inspire the next generation. His champion creed and daily routines can be found at www.chrisromulo.com/startstrong

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Music: Nautilus by Bob James

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13. Fight Gone Wrong

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On October 20th, 2018, muay thai and K1 kickboxing champion Pascal Schroth, stepped into a ring in China to defend his K1 title under what he believed to be regular K1 kickboxing rules. For the 25 year old champion, this bout was just another day at the office. His opponent Quinghao Meng from the city of Taicang China was just another body in front of pascal ascent to superstardom.  As a matter of fact, Mr. Schroth’s confidence was pretty high because he had already beaten Meng the year before.

So on that Saturday night, despite the language barrier, the confusion, and the sketchy promoters, Schroth walked inside the ring but would have to be carried out.

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Music: Santana Town by Juelz Santana

 

TimeLine of Events

  • October 2017 at Glory 46, Schroth defeats Quinghao Meng.
  • September 5th 2018, rematch is set between K1 champion Pascal Schroth and Quinghao Meng.
  • October 11th, WLK ask Schroth if he has ever fought under Sanda rules. Schroth answers no and tells WLK that he only fights under muay thai or K1 rules. According to Schroth, WLK agrees that the fight will be under K1 rules.
  • On Wednesday 17th of October, Pascal Schroth, along with his coach and several teammates, leave Phuket Thailand and arrives in China.
  • Thursday the 18th, Schroth goes through a promotional tour and does a series of photoshoots and interviews. Schroth is given a script in chinese to recite during the interviews.
  • On Friday the 19th, Schroth weighs ins and does a press conference. Pre-fight rehearsals are scheduled for that evening, but for unexplained reasons, the rehearsals are rescheduled for the 20th at 1pm; the day of the fight.
  • On Saturday the 20th, Schroth and the rest of the non-chinese fighters have to wait 40 minutes to start rehearsals. The rehearsals go on for around 30 minutes.
  • Around 6pm, Pascal Schroth arrives at the stadium. Up to this point, there hasn’t been any fighters meeting, rules have not been established, and fighters have not been examined by any doctor.
  • At around 8pm, Schroth’s bout against Meng begins. The fighters  touch gloves. Within the first minute, Meng wraps his arms around Schroth’s waist, picks him up and slams the German to the ground head first. 10 seconds later, the champion is counted out by the referee. He is eventually placed on a stretcher and carried out the ring into an ambulance and taken to a mysterious hospital.
  • Sunday the 21st. X-rays and scans are administered in silent. Schroth has yet to see a doctor and wasn’t receive any diagnose of his injury.
  • On Monday the 22th, Schroth returns to Phuket Thailand where he is properly diagnosed. C5 vertebrae is broken.

 

 

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