Aug. 15, 2006
Grunsky, the youngest promoter on the scene is no better or worse than other
promoters. Promoting is a business. It’s about the money. James, took an old
and proven formula, and squeezed it for all he could. When he could not squeeze
anymore out of it, he took another. When boxing did not generate enough income,
he went to cage fighting.
fighting unfortunately seems to be the wave of the future. Anyone who knows
combat sports knows fans want to see people beat each other to death. Yes, I
mean to death. Most fans, once they’ve drank enough and gotten themselves into
a blood frenzy want to watch someone die. It sounds horrible, but unless
you’ve attended as many fights as I have, and watched, “allegedly² good
people scream obscenities, you’ve not seen human beings at their worse. Enter
cage fighting. This must make Satan smile; it’s the best of the worst. This is
not to say cage fighters are not tough, they are very much so.
Commission endorsed this “sport”, because there are millions to be made by
promoting the nearest thing to a real fight. There is a tremendous market for
violence in our society. Stockton with its love of violence, bloody history,
political corruption, convict population, and a murder a week mentally, is the
perfect place to promote such a blood festival. Enter James Grunsky, who used
local boxers like tissue paper, then, discarded them like garbage. It’s the
nature of the business, and no one should be angry. He did nothing legally
wrong. No one can file a law suite or claim wrongdoing. When it came to doing
the right thing, or financial survival, he survived. You can’t blame James
Grunsky; he never lied about who he was, or why he was doing this. So what if he
pissed off a few fans, they’ve got no political power anyway. What are they
gonna do? There’s nothing else to do in Stockton, unless you play softball,
eat pizza, bowl, or drink, it sucks. Who wants to go play in the smelly delta?
Its toxic. It’s so polluted. The fecal mater content is at dangerously high
levels, and raising. It may soon be declared a biohazard, and smells like rotten
eggs. It’s filled with trash, lined with slaps of discarded cement and looks
might have withheld information, waited too long, or been covertly dishonest,
but he broke no law. Therefore like President Bush, he is still considered an
“honest man”. Personally, I think James missed his calling, he should go
into politics, he’d fit right in. The rest of us can chuckle, but technically,
in the eyes of the law, he is an honest man. The rest of us should remember,
James is in business, not to serve the public, make a difference, or save an
endangered species, it’s about the money. Fans should know all professional
sports are about the money, honesty, and fair play, are just catchy words thrown
in to help sell the game on TV and make celebrities of the athletes.
knows the way to get Stockton fans to attend is to promote local fighters. He
realized that if he let the public know the main event was canceled, he would
have lost his shirt. He knows local fans wanted to see one of their own pound
the hell out of someone. It sells ticket and makes money. Promoters across the
country do this on an on-going basis. Don Chargin does in Sacramento, Jerry
Hoffman does it in Monterey, James Feller in Modesto, Golden Boy did it in San
Jose, etc. etc.
who knows Nick Diaz knows he is a tough customer, who grew up fighting in the
streets and pounded out a name for himself on national TV. His younger brother,
cut from the same stuff, won the one and only Tough Man contest which Fear No
Man Boxing Club help present in Stockton. I believe would Nick would have fought
for nothing if need be. Which makes you wonder why James wasn’t more up front.
He lost a lot more than money; he lost creditability.
James claims he was “holding out” for an opponent, I’m not sure he’s
being completely honest, although I would give him an opportunity to explain.
Usually, the commission must have all the blood, paper work, etc., in hand
before the weigh in, which is normally one day before. This leaves no room for
error. If a promoter has doubts about a fighter making weight, or getting past
the commission, he must already have another in line, waiting, and ready to go.
If James learned Nick’s opponent was not fit, or unable to get past the
commission, he should have make arrangements. His excuse sounds less than
genuine to me.
Garcia, a political appointee, chief of the Commission, can’t bend or break
the rules, it would mean his hide if he did so. This is not to say they don’t
manipulate, bend or change rules when it behooves them. Anyone in that position
has made a lot of enemies who would love to see him fall. Armando has little
margin for error.
am surprised Armando did not allow the fight between Meaders and Diaz to take
place; I’ve seen dozens of uneven boxing matches approved by the commission.
So, I wonder if its not something else. I can only speculate, and I have nothing
to go on, but it smells fishy. The other guy, Marrero, must be on a suspension,
which is normal for anyone who’s been knocked out. Normally a fighter gets a
45-day suspension, just to make sure he’s all right before he fights again.
The problem is that James Grunsky, who’s not new at this, must have known, and
failed to act.
questions that must be asked is this, “Will fans give James Grunsky, the
benefit of a doubt, when he promotes another fight”. I say they will. First of
all Stockton loves violence, no matter the quality, opponents, or who hosts the
event. James has staged some unbelievably bad boxing shows, and yet the fans
loved them. I also believe fans have a very short memory. Once they get to
talking about how great local fighters are, which is pure fantasy, they’ll
take anything served to them. Which is why Stockton boxers don’t improve. As
long as they stay here, they are heroes, once they leave, it’s bad news.
typical fight fan knows very little about boxing, or cage fighting. They do know
three things, they like to drink, they like violence, and they don’t give a
damn who dies. You’ve got to remember this is Stockton, also known as Gun
Smoke, famous for blood shed, political corruption, gangs, prisons, crime, and
poverty. Its famous for meanness, random violence, and a sink or swim mentally.
Murders in the jail, drug addiction, shootings, stabbing, and a political system
so corrupt as to make Mexico’s look honest. All a promoter would have to do is
take more time, plan events in advance, and have several fights waiting to be
made so as not to piss off the fans, which are as dangerous as the fighters.
one should judge James Grunsky harshly, he did what any promoter would do, he
withheld information in order to make a buck. Its the nature of business, if you
give it some thought, its about exploiting the little guy, making money as fast
as you can, and getting out. There is still plenty of dishonesty left to go
around, and promoters like James Grunsky will continue to use fighters, then
discard them like garbage, because that’s the way its set up to be. I’ve met
James; he seems OK, I wonder however, if he knows he’s let down the same fans
that helped him make it when he first got started. I wonder if anyone will ever
truly trust him again, and I wonder how he sleeps at night. Mostly, I wonder if
he remembers all the boxers who no longer have a local promoter to depend on?
who says, “life is not fair”, knows boxing. It seems that just when things
seem as bleak as they can possibly be, they get darker. Just when you think, you
cannot be disillusioned any more, pow! Its Republicans call, “survival of the
fittest”. I don’t attend cage fighting; I don’t see it as having any
qualities I admire. Personally, I’d rather go to the worse boxing match I’ve
ever seen, then a cage fight. I hope fans don’t judge James Grunsky too
harshly, he didn’t make the rules, and as they say, don’t hate the player,
hate the game. I believe James Grunsky, promoter, will live on. Stay tuned.