Interview - Rusty Rosenberger

Interview: Rusty Rosenberger, Author & Retired Boxer: 26th December 2003

Mediaman, Greg Tingle, receives many requests for promotion, interviews and the like. Once in a while we hear from someone that we just want to give a hand to.

Rusty Rosenberger is just that man.

We interview Rusty about his life, the boxing business, and his latest book, 'Unclaimed Destiny - The Heart of a Champion'.

Rusty pulls no punches in this tell all interview about what the boxing business is really like!

What's your background?

This answer is detailed in my book.

What led you to discover your talent for writing?

I've always had a talent for being able to express my feelings in letters. When I began writing my book, inspired by an inmate I'm in charge of, whom himself has written and had published 3 books currently, and working on another now, who's last book was a Pulitzer prize nominee in 2003.

What motivates you?

My underling promise to myself never to give up tying to have the world know what happened to me and my boxing career at the hands of someone I trusted completely and to make him some how, some way stand up and take his rightful blame for his underhanded, even criminal tactics used on a very talented, dedicated, trustful, young boxer, me. I REFUSE TO GIVE UP!

What makes a champion?

A whole bunch of ingredients, desire, dedication, being able to face your own fears of doubt, conditioning, stamina, athletic talent and ability, the right breaks, luck, intelligent match making, knowing each opponents strengths and weaknesses, most of all it's knowing and realizing all these factors and being able to still believe you are the best and listening to rumors from anyone is not acceptable. Believing in yourself through consistent training and continual training. There are no guarantee's, you just have to put the time in training and believe in yourself.

What makes a great promoter?

Knowing different fighting styles, promotions, the ability to catch peoples attention with a catchy saying or logo,i.e.: The Rumble in the Jungle" and knowing how to handle different personalities of fighters to make sure each fighter feels as though he is the main event.

What are your favourite sports arenas of all time?

Never really thought about it or cared. I think my favorite arena's would be any arena I would be fighting in.

Why does professional boxing act as a breeding ground for corruption?

Lots and lots of money. Where ever and whenever you find an event with huge sums of money, you will find corruption, it's just a fact of life. The Mob will be there.

How does one avoid that "dark side" of professional boxing?

Develop a fighter that his talent is elite and then you can call all the shots. Though the mob will be calling upon you, you can politely tell them no thanks, but when they want something bad enough, they usually have the finances to convince even the stubbornness of people to see it their way.

Did Antonio Inoki "expose" boxing when he dominated Mohammed Ali in that infamous match?

I'm not sure who you are speaking about. If it was the oriental fellow who laid on his back and tried kicking Ali, how could you even consider that a fight. It was more of a survival exhibition and I thought it was stupid. If in fact he would have fought Ali on his standing on his feet, Ali's superior fighting ability would have shone through in the form of a knock out.

What weight class do you prefer to watch your boxing in, and why?

I can enjoy any weight class as long as they have talent and ability. Though the lighter weights throw more punches in combination form which is always exciting to watch, I also like to watch the bigger men throwing hard, powerful punches which a lot of times end up in a spectacular knock out. If the fighters have good techniques and know how to fight, I enjoy watching.

How did some of Australia's greatest boxers do in the US?

I'm not sure, I'm not familiar with fighters from the land down under. I do remember Joe Bugner, I think he was from your country, he was a good enough boxer, but your fighters need a trainer to teach them how to fight on angles, foot fiernts and foot movement. Slipping punches a countering before your opponent can recover and react. What bends, what locks out, when to turn the hips, follow through with each and every punch. I can go on, but if you have no one with the ability to teach this fighting style, I'm just spinning my wheels.

What do you see as been the next big money fight in world boxing?

Roy Jones Jr. vs. Mike Tyson-My pick is Jones Jr.

What do you consider to the the highlights of your personal and professional career?

Winning the NJ Middleweight Championship and meeting, marring, and being married to my wife for the past 21 years. Book.

What do you do to relax?



Editors note: Rusty Rosenberger is a humble man, and I dare say, a champion on a man. Rusty has recently released his book, 'Unclaimed Destiny - The Heart of a Champion'. Read it to find out more about this extraordinary man, and the world of boxing.

About the author of Unclaimed Destiny

Gregg "Rusty" Rosenberger was born to be a professional boxer. In 1979, after years of hard work and dedicated training, he became the New Jersey State Middleweight Champion, and a legitimate contender for the World Title. It seemed like destiny. Then, one night before a fight, his manager, Lou Duva, gave him some pills to take. After that fight, neither Rusty nor his career would ever be the same.

Rusty is a Sergeant working in an Ohio correctional facility. He's been married for nineteen years and has four wonderful, intelligent, athletic sons. He loves his family dearly, and thanks God for sending an angel named Cindy to watch over him.

At 47 years old, he still works out on an almost daily basis, staying in top shape. While he trains, thoughts of what could have been, what should have been, what WOULD have been never leave his mind. He feels that it is important for others to know his story, to learn from his life.

Synopsis from the publisher of Unclaimed Destiny

In 1979, Rusty Rosenberger shocked the world by defeating Reggie Jones to become the New Jersey Middleweight Boxing Champion. The World Title was within his grasp--he believed it was destiny. Then his manager slipped him some pills before a match. How could he take the beating that followed?

This book is about the worst that men can do, and how a man can stand back up and fight after he's been knocked down. It's for anyone who's into the sport of boxing, and especially for anyone who needs a hero. Rusty offers a deeply personal look into the life and times of a true contender.



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