Twelve Rounds with Dong Secuya
21 Jul 2008
Tit for Tat with Tuazon is a new column consisting of a series of interviews relating to Philippine Boxing and the World Boxing scene in general.
Each column will consist of a twelve round exchange with some of the industries behind the scenes figures as well as with the players and coaches themselves.
I thought it would be only appropriate to start this series with a special twelve round match up involving none other than the Godfather of Philboxing himself, Dong “Rock’em Sock’em “ Secuya aka “Boss Shiva.”
So here here’s the bell and Secuya comes out swinging!
1. What was your goal in creating Philboxing and Mannypacquiao.ph?
When I created MannyPacquiao.ph way back in August 2003, my goal was just to create a home for Filipino boxing fans on the Internet so we will have a base where to express our support for Manny Pacquiao who at that time was poised to take on the legendary Mexican warrior Marco Antonio Barrera on Nov. 15. But even after Pacquiao's smashing victory over Barrera and his later exploits, the rest of the Filipino boxers still remain faceless and nameless so I created PhilBoxing.com in 2005 to showcase other Filipino boxing talents.
2. Did you ever dream that your site would become this huge?
Being one of the pioneers on web development in the Philippines and having created a few successful websites myself, I knew what it takes to make a website become successful. But no, I haven't dreamed for these websites to become really big. My idea before was to probably have a thousand forum members and have a little bit of fun but right now, we have over 30,000 registered members and growing.
3. In terms of hits, how does your site fair with other boxing sites around the world?
We used to be number one for a while but now we have been overtaken by boxrec.com and boxingscene.com at the top. For a Philippine boxing website to maintain its position as a top 3 boxing websites in the world I think that's something.
4. How did you first get involved in boxing?
As a kid, I already loved boxing and seldom missed boxing events on TV. I grew up in boxing's golden age where we had Ali, Norton, Frazier and Foreman at their peak and later Leonard, Duran and Hagler so it was not difficult to get attracted to the sport. I was about 16 years old during the 'Thrilla in Manila' where I saw Ali and Frazier in person during their public sparrings at the Folk Arts Theatre in Manila.
5. What was the first fight you remember watching as a kid?
I could no longer recall exactly the first fight I saw but I'm sure it was one those Ali fights. I think as a kid growing up we were really pampered by the many great fights we saw on TV that's why it pains me to see today's class of heavyweights which has become quite a joke.
6. Who is your favorite fighter of all time?
7. What is your favorite fight of all time?
Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier 'Thrilla in Manila', 1975. Although the drama surrounding that fight did not really sink on me because I was still a teenager, the fight itself was epic in proportion. After the fight, Ali just sat on his stool for a very long time and in a complete reversal to his pre-fight antics, praised Frazier profusely and would say that the fight 'was next to death'.
8. You are known to be one of the forefather's of the internet age here in the Philippines. Besides computers and boxing, what are your other hobbies?
I was an early user/developer but not a forefather. A forefather is one who helped it nurture into existence. To your question, I am an artist at heart and I see myself returning full time to my painting activity in the future.
9. If you could change one thing about Philboxing, what would it be?
In reality, we are just scratching the surface as far as what PhilBoxing can offer to the boxing community. A lot of improvements are still on the drawing board but these are things that need a little bit of investment so these cannot be done overnight. There will be many 'changes' but I cannot divulge it for now.
10. If you could change one thing about boxing in general, what would it be?
Improve the system of the judging so there will be less controversy on fight results.
11. No thinking. Quick! Manny vs Flash Elorde at 135, who wins and how?!
The Pacquiao of 2008 will beat the best of Elorde. I believe it is only now that Pacquiao is really at his peak and I cannot see anyone right now in the super-featherweight / lighweight divisions who can beat him.
12. Any last jabs to all your fellow Paclanders out there?
Yep, welcome aboard to the golden years of Philippine boxing. Pacquiao opened the gate but with our other boxers, promoters and managers -- and us -- we continue to make it happen.
Our next installment will feature Hector Roca and Rafael Concepcion and their thoughts on AJ Banal.
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About the Author:
Dr. Josef Vincent (J.V.) Tuazon obtained his Doctorate Degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in the field of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation specializing in Sports Rehab. He is a 3x NJ Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, amateur MMA Champion, professional boxer and business man with U.S. national amateur boxing experience, extensive Muay Thai schooling in Thailand, and a black belt in the martial arts. He boxed for the National Golden Gloves Championships in 2005 and was the NJ Team Physical Therapist and Coaching Assistant in 2006.
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