Nathan “Pops” Livramento – Delgado Boxing Trainer

By | December 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm | 2 comments | Boxing, Fighter Interviews

With the growth of KnockoutLounge expanding in not just Amateur and Professional fighters, we are now branching in to boxers and trainers alike. We want to hear everyone’s story and show their talents and contributions to the world of MMA/Boxing. We are now blessed with a double whammy as our FIRST interview with a Boxing Trainer for Striker Fight Center AND Delgado’s Boxing Gym out of Georgia; Nathan Livramento, also known as ‘Pops’.

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Jason Przewoznik: Nathan, Thanks for spending some time with us; I know this is probably not your normal method of interview, but I promise it’ll be fun! I’m pretty excited to dive into this… Before I get into what it is you do, I like to understand the man behind the gloves; Care to share a bit about who you are and where you’ve come from?

Pops: I’m from New Bedford, Massachusetts, just south of Boston. I started my journey in 1965 in the small town I was from. There was no job so there was no money, but [we had] close family ties. So, at the age of 12 I stepped into the gym. My Godfather was a well know trainner, Bucky Vincent; strict with a harsh voice and took no crap from anyone! I also took martial arts too. I had my share of street fights…. My mother was highly respected in the city so when I got in trouble I was sent to the judge’s office and he made sure I went to the gym.

JP: So you were forced into the gym to learn discipline for getting in trouble? How was the experience – do you think that shaped you into your career as a trainer?

Pops: Yes, the gym I had in Boston was to get young children off the street. It started with my own children then their friends. That’s when I went to city hall and they helped with [getting] a building [for the gym]. I wrote grants to H.U.D. and the United Way and then got a heavy bag and Boxing ring.

JP: Not to confuse our direction, but you said your mother was respected and when you got into trouble you were told by the judge to go to a gym… Can you elaborate on this a bit? You got in trouble for what and what was the terms of you being sent to a gym [for discipline?] – if you’d like to share…

Pops: I got in trouble for fighting. If you were my friend, nobody would start with you! There were no said terms, but going to jail stood in the back of my mind. They also explained assault and battery is a serious offense. The judge told me if you like to fight so much, why don’t you do it positively – win medals as an Amateur and money as a Pro.

JP: Nice, pops is a warrior! Haha …So did you develop as a fighter early in your career and then switched to owning your own gym in Boston?

Pops: Yes. I was all done as a fighter, and I had a good job as a shipping manager for different companies. Then [one day] my middle son came home and told his mom he wanted to box. He had all his friends from grammar school come as well. Slowly [we] got the name, the team to be at!

JP: Now, just stepping back a tiny bit; you said ‘as a fighter’ was this in the streets or was there a point you were fighting ammy/professionally prior to training your son and his friends,then branching off?

Pops: Training my son is when I thought I was all done, haha. That’s when my wife told me to train my son!

JP: Understood that, but before training – did you ever fight in a ring, professionally or pro?

Pops: Yes I did what they called smoker’s – which is not allowed today. One week I would be Nathan Livramento and the next, Nathan Barrows that’s why today they have the Federal I.D. I didn’t understand the danger, just the money!

JP: That’s awesome! I mean, illegal, but awesome! Haha. Your team started to grow when training your middle son, and you trained at gyms to help keep children off the street; care to share some experiences within that period?

Pops: With my kids… you see they are all my kids! Some of them are in their thirties, as a matter of fact I still get cards from them and told how much they respect me. How many men can say that? That’s worth more than money to me! Well… I was selected to the Region One Olympic trainer and Iworked with world champs, been to different parts of the world.
JP: Nice! That’s awesome! Now, as a trainer, especially one with an old school mentality – what would you say is your focus when you train your fighters? Something like a Cus D’amato? Do you train discipline to them – the things you teach them stay in the ring?

Pops: Well, you have to teach them self respect. Take care of your body and your body will take care of you. You know there is no easy way out, if there was I would of taken it a long time ago!

JP: There’s no stopping now! These up and comers need your knowledge! Do your fighters tend to learn, with that respect of themselves, that fighting on the street isn’t worth the trouble – especially knowing they can handle themselves with your training?

Pops: They fight in the gym so much that they have nothing to prove in the street. Sparring gets them ready for anything. Why fight in the street? There is no money, no trophy to get. Only thing your going to get is a jail sentence! I want your name in the newspaper in the sports section, not in the crime section!

JP: Haha, love it! ..and that’s why they respect you! So, tell me a little about your path and how you came into Delgado’s

Pops: Delgado is one of those kids I started at age 12. I made him go to school and finish. He has a degree in the Electric field and boxes. He came to Georgia to finish school. …New Bedford got worse and gangs were shooting each other. Paul knew I would go out with hands to protect the under dog… Paul said, “they will shoot you”, so he moved me down here [in Georgia].

JP: Well if that isn’t an awesome story, shows both of your characters. I love it. So you moved down to Georgia – how long have you been training fighters at Delgados? Any experiences you want to share? Any stories from your days of training?

Pops: I been at Delagado for two and a half years. When I first moved here, 4 years ago, we were both at a another gym. Paul opened up and [it] took a little time to get us both aboard, but that was the plan from the start. …Going to Slovenia was great, [Fight Information] the people from there treated us great! We lost that one, but are on the way to another beginning with the plans of Promoting our own show and going for another world title!

JP: Awesome! How often do you train your guys? Do you have any training regiments you’d like to share?

Pops: Well it all depends if they have a fight coming up. You don’t want to over train them. If they don’t have a fight, its  fun at the gym! I try to keep it fun so they hang around and its not so hard to come back… and they don’t get bad habits!

JP: What does a normal training session consist of ?

Pops: About 30 minutes [of] jump rope, work heavy bag 6 rounds, pad work, go over weak spots, double end bag, and speed bag. [The] last part is hard ab work.

JP: Great! So endurance and core always stay in tip-top shape! Now you’ve trained Delgado who is now the WBF North American Welterweight Title Holder; in your training days have you trained any other champions? Do you tend to push these guys harder after they obtain a belt?

Pops: I work with Ray Olivera, Scott Pemberton, and Jason Pires. When they reach that point you go back to basics – that’s what they forget. I tell them, “let’s go back to what got us here in the first place!”

JP: Ah, very good method; and very good roster of fighters you work with! Well Nathan, I don’t want to hold you up too much as you’ve dedicated a lot of time working with me on this interview and I know you’re constantly busy training these guys; so as we come to the wrap up, I have to ask our trademark question : Who is your favorite childhood super hero and why? …Also, is there anything you’d like to say to aspiring boxers or even trainers?

Pops: Popeye! He was drawn from a real boxer, that’s why his forearms are so big – to turn over a punch. …Let’s bring the sport back to the respect it once had; with a good clean fight and no one backed down!

JP: No one could’ve said it better! …and I even learned a little bit about Popeye! Is there any shout outs or special thanks you would like to give before I let you go?

Pops: Jason I would like to thank you. It was, like you said a different interview and fun; it made me think about the good old days. Say hi to Region 1! They know who they are!

JP: That’s great! I thank you VERY MUCH for your time. Excited that my first interview on the boxing spectrum was with someone of your caliber of knowledge and experience!

 

Jason Przewoznik is the owner of KnockoutLounge.com. KnockoutLounge.com was created to provide a haven for up and coming Mixed Martial Artists to share their stories and their careers with the fans; Supporting ALL fighters on the rise in a not-for-profit community.
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2 Comments

  1. Justin O'Connor (3 years ago)

    Nate did a lot for New Bedford community. I use to train at his gym in my teens with my uncle, 100 yrs old, heard he started up down south. Great to hear & see he's doing good

  2. Jason Przewoznik (3 years ago)

    Sorry to break the news, Justin, but the great "Pops" had passed away roughly a year ago. Definitely a sad time, but great to see those he's touched in his legacy.

     

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