Vietnam vet, college senior form boxing bond
Sweet science provides sanctuary
- Duration 4:07
- Date Jul 7, 2012
Sweet science provides sanctuary
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Great story now about amazing friendship formed in the boxing ring one man -- Vietnam War veteran who became a boxing trainer and a coach the other.
A twenty year old college student who grew up fatherless and a tough neighborhood of Massachusetts.
Over the last two years both men have become like father and son.
Working together to achieve greatness.
And a sport they both love joining me now Steven rocky -- of Vietnam veteran and Josh Lopez a college senior at university.
Of Massachusetts good to -- able to -- you know -- you first talked to me about how boxing sea view you returned.
From the -- Vietnam and people were not so receptive to soldiers that time would have boxing do for you.
Well for me personally.
I was full of anger.
And I didn't know which direction and goals so I went down to to oil boys' club in town and a to work out and -- them but I bikes and -- and for me was their pubic.
I -- good on there and word got out releases.
-- anger and frustration.
And I just get in the blacks and have fun -- houses were for me.
And it was a different story for you needless to say Josh.
You grew up as we said you hadn't seen haven't seen your father and a number of years -- and tough neighborhoods at one point or another.
What -- boxing due to save you.
-- -- boxing was again and -- legislate.
To think it was for coach here.
Sometimes you get really frustrated there's a lot of things that you can't control.
But it's great to be in the sport where it's one on one it's a position where you do have control and boxing gave me that opportunity to.
Prove myself to defend myself and.
And -- you really like the personal responsibility.
Of boxing match and really make sense and tell -- makes a big difference to me.
Yes that you have no one to blame and now this is bonded -- -- -- -- talk about how it's brought the -- view closer together Iraqi.
Well I made -- and out west Dover Air Force Base.
He Cain does seem -- eagle work our main.
And I just saw some -- then -- man.
We decided training Mac attacked a -- collegiate box and and and you've coached him into a champion.
And two years less than two years she's a national champion.
Iraqi you don't buy that characterization of boxing is some savage sport where two men just beat each other senseless what is it to you by action is an art.
-- I've just like playing -- it's.
You're trying to score points will not your opponent score more points.
To me it's art.
I love the sport and Josh again growing up without your -- around.
What did you learn from this man next to you would you learn from -- Coaches not only taught -- how to box but to me he's really one of the most kind -- that you'll ever be able to me in your life.
He he's he's tough he's he's very disciplined but on top of that he just does a lot of great things for -- UMass program from the west over.
-- boxing team.
And the community as well he's racked up over 171000 hours of community service.
He's donated a kidney to a woman that he didn't even now he's he's he's just a great human being.
So they're great story of how boxing can bond to people but let me ask you Josh.
61 years old can -- take you in the -- without a doubt me and anyone else in the studio.
You take me to -- together together to have that -- -- link -- we have.
I don't I don't -- box and messed me up sounds like something that needs to be brought to the silver screen or -- book.
But we've enjoyed avenue both.
Very much Stephen Iraqis Snowe of Vietnam that thanks for your service I know it was tough coming home -- but everyone appreciates what you've done now.
And Josh Lopez as well thanks for being here -- -- haven't -- story coming up.