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Luis Yanez trying to make it as an independent pro boxer


Posted on February 3, 2010 at 2:45 PM

The last time we saw Luis Yanez he had returned from the Olympics and was ready to start a professional boxing career.

A year a half later, Yanez remains the only Olympic fighter in the history of Dallas. He's undefeated as a pro, but fights have been hard to come by.

"It's kind of hard to find fights for one because of my weight class and it's hard for anyone to want to fight me out there," Yanez says.

Yanez has found that the world of professional boxing has its pitfalls and isn't that easy to deal with.

"The politics!" Dennis Rodarte his trainer says. "The Politics! There is some in the amateurs and of course we thought moving to the professionals, they would be professional, but you've got it there too."

When Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced his boxing card at Cowboys stadium with Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey, Yanez wasn't included. There were some talks, but you have to be signed with top ranked to be part of that show.

Instead, he's getting ready to fight Mexico's Sammy Gutierrez at Fair Park on February 9th. It's a smaller card, with less fanfare and certainly less money.

Right now we're independent," Yanez says. "We're trying to get as many fights as we can. we would love to fight at Texas stadium with them but it couldn't happen." Yanez says his progress has been good, but three professional fights so far isn't enough.

"This is going to be his fourth, but in his third fight, he was already fighting an eight rounder," Rodarte says.

His next fight against Gutierrez has turned into a fun raiser for charity, including the Haitian Relief fund.

"It's going to go to the Haiti clinic, for the people out there, they need it plus they do college for kids who can't afford to go to college and stuff like that," Yanez says.

In 2008, Yanez had to fight to get back on the US Olympic team after a dispute with the USA coach. It turns out, he also had a falling out with his management team in Dallas.

Despite turning pro, Olympic rule changes may soon allow Yanez to try out for the Olympic team again. It's rule change that's being considered and if that happens, the only Olympic boxer the City of Dallas has ever had, might show up in the summer Olympics in London in 2012.