Back in the day, even the top 15 at the USA and Nationals was an incredible placing. It was no coincidence that the guys who won their class at The Nationals were almost always immediately competitive as pros. Did Mattarazzo and DeMayo dramatically change once they became pros? I didn't see too much of that. When Levrone walked on stage at the Jr. USA or Jr. Nationals, did anyone have a doubt where he was soon heading?
What I saw was guys committed to grueling workouts, each and every day, in small gyms that you could barely find, that had no carpets, no real air conditioning, dust filled machines, with very few "posers." This was not limited to NJ. California was producing mega tatlents as well. Florida guys seemed to just party way too much and in my opinion, never really put it together for very long.
I remember Mike Quinn livid over the obviously mistaken placing of his good friend at a show in Hackensack (I think it was the East Coast). Quinn called out all the judges for a fight, including, and especially Maz Ali and Steve Weinberger. Quinn told them he woudl be outside in the front waiting to personaly fight them. I must admit, the excitement got to me and I waited outside to see it all unfold. Let's just say that apparently, Bergen County Tech High School has a back door exit.
thanks for sharing these Harley
ive always heard Weinberger is nothing but a bully
apparently he backed down when Nasser challenged him to a fight in the mid 90's- know anything about that?