Trupish promoter faced with hard decisions
Muhammad partnership likely over
By Dave Spencer
After a devastating loss to the hands of Deshon Johnson last Friday, previously undefeated junior-middleweight Adam Trupish (11-1 8KO) new promoter Mike Cohen is still taking stock of the situation moving forward.
After being on shelf close to a year, it was expected that Trupish who was headlining in Vancouver would take care of business against an opponent who had lost six in a row, albeit against a good level of opposition. Anything but happened as Trupish was knocked down in the second and never recovered before eventually being stopped in seven.
“Unfortunately I can’t take too much positive out of it,” Cohen told FightNews about the performance. “Adam was an excellent amateur and seemed like he was on his way to being a real contender. I didn’t see it with my own eyes, but from what I was told, Adam couldn’t get out of the way, from anything.”
In a sport that regularly turns on a dime, this one has done so leaving those involved with plenty of change. Trupish had already been penciled in for a May ShoBox date and a possible title fight immediately after. Now it’s not so much picking up the pieces and moving on as opposed to whether they will be picked up for a fighter who represented his Country in two Olympiads.
“I don’t know what’s going to be. I don’t know if it’s going to be his last fight or if he’s going to continue. I think it’s that serious of a situation.”
Trupish had recently moved to Las Vegas and was working with new trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and it looks now that partnership may be over. FightNews has learned the former world champion and veteran trainer will likely not be continuing his role as chief second. “That’s basically what Eddie said to me,” confirmed Cohen, “To quote Eddie, ‘The Game is over.’ I don’t make those decisions for fighters, it’s a tough thing and the fighter has to come to grips on that on his own.
“Adam Trupish was a great amateur and was seemingly on his way to a very solid pro career. For him to have this sort of result, Dashon Johnson although he doesn’t have a great record, Dashon Johson certainly isn’t a bum, he’s never been stopped and given a lot of people a very tough time, but if you’re an elite fighter, you beat the Dahon Johnson’s. We had imagined Adam Trupish as an elite fighter, but in this instance he wasn’t able to do what he had to do.”
Cohen who was not in Vancouver for the fight has not yet spoken to the fighter since the fight. “Boxing isn’t like any other sport. It’s very emotional, especially when you get stopped. I usually give guys a week or so to think about what happened so they have a clearer head to make a decision. It’s very hard.”
For the immediate future, the May 10th ShoBox date featuring headliner Dierry Jean is definitely off for Trupish. “It was contingent on him not losing so unfortunately that opportunity is not going to be available to him.”