Vinny Furlani created Art of Boxing Train Like a Champ in 2013. The intention was to promote the sport of boxing and help drive its popularity. Vinny along with many other boxing experts agree that “old-school” boxing technique for the most part is a lost art in todays game.
Vinny contacted his good friend Two-Time World Champion Tracy Patterson and discussed his vision on the Art of Boxing. The two decided to partner with the journey. While the journey began with boxing technique it has evolved and includes a wide audience of interest. If you are interested in technique, training, exercise, overall fitness and proper diet Art of Boxing Train Like a Champ is for you. What is so good about Train Like a Champ is the principles go beyond sport.
Whether you are an athlete, dancer, musician, business person, or something else the principles of Train Like a Champ are in alignment. To go to the top of your profession you must leverage the proper technique, dedicated training, practice building good habits, and putting the right foods and nutrition in your body; to give you the proper energy. When you are conditioned properly your confidence goes up and you can accomplish anything.
Art of Boxing Train Like a Champ encapsulates fully a quote from Rocky Mariano. He said – “To win it takes a complete commitment of mind and body. When you can’t make the commitment, they don’t call you Champ anymore”
Vinny has been around boxing for close to 30 years, being active in the sport for 15 of those years (fighting or coaching fighters). While not actively participating in the sport he was refining his view on what prevented good fighters from becoming great. At 18 years old, Vinny went to former Olympic Gold Medalist and 2-time Heavy Weight Champion, Floyd Patterson’s Hugenot Boxing Club, in New Paltz, New York. Vinny had no previous boxing training. In Floyd’s mind that was a good thing because there weren’t any bad habits that needed to be broken. Vinny learned proper technique and form from day one.
Four years later, in 1987 Floyd approached Vinny and told him that he had the confidence for Vinny to fight any amateur that he would possibly face. That meant heading onto the National stage. With the Olympics in 1988, Floyd entered Vinny into the National Golden Gloves tournament and the Olympic box offs. When Vinny was eliminated from the Olympic box-offs, Vinny got a call to participate on the USA International Amateur Boxing Team.
In late 1988 Floyd turned Vinny Professional. All of the hard work had paid off, and the goal of becoming a professional athlete became a reality on December 2nd, the day after his 24th birthday. Vinny was on the undercard of his roommate and sparring-partner Tracy Patterson.
When Vinny stopped fighting he began training fighters. He has worked with both amateur and professional fighters including Gold Gloves Champion Fred Harris, and Two-Time World Champion Tracy Patterson. Vinny currently trains fighters in St. Augustine, Florida.
Knowing that there are only a handful of boxing coaches that have his expertise in boxing form and technique, Vinny has embarked on a mission to revitalize the Heavyweight Division in boxing and bringing it back to Mainstream sports. Vinny created the 10-Point Strategic Boxing System, a modern approach to “old-school” boxing.
Vinny is the President and CEO of Art of Boxing Train Like a Champ, was the Founder and Editor of Art of Boxing Magazine, and also co-authored (with Tracy Patterson) Typhoon Technique – Training, Technique & Titles. The two also produced a DVD – Typhoon Technique – 10 Points, 1 Goal – Pure Boxing Excellence (both available on Amazon.com).
Tracy Harris Patterson was born on December 26, 1964 in Grady, Alabama. At the age of 11, Tracy moved to New Paltz, New York where he joined the Huguenot Boys Club, a boxing gym owned and run by former Golden Gloves Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist and Two-Time World Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson.
Every single day while residing in New Paltz, Tracy would walk two miles to Floyd Patterson’s property to watch boxers train in the gym next door to Patterson’s home. Patterson, the former two-time heavyweight champion of the world, taught boys how to box for free. Harris walked all that way to watch the workouts, all the while too shy to ask for lessons. Everybody was so much bigger, so much older. Tracy, at the time only weighed 72 pounds. Tracy eventually took up boxing as a way to help his family have a better life.
Two years later, when Tracy was 13 years old, his mother moved back to Alabama, giving him permission to remain with the Patterson Family, finish school, and continue to box. At the age of 13, Floyd became Tracy’s legal guardian, and shortly thereafter, Tracy was legally adopted. Floyd took an interest in Tracy’s boxing ability, became his manager and trained Tracy to eventually evolve into a great Boxer.
Tracy took his boxing lessons seriously and learned the sport well. He ran up a 90-7 amateur record. During his impressive amateur career, Patterson won two consecutive New York Golden Gloves Championships in 1984 and 1985. While attending New Paltz High School at a height of only 5’5”, Tracy played varsity basketball and football.
Tracy’s Golden Gloves Championships helped him gain the confidence needed to tackle a solid professional boxing career. His second professional fight was at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie where he defeated Paul Mays in only 38 seconds by KO. Soon after, Patterson won the Super-Bantamweight Championship Title with a two-round TKO over Thierry Jacob. Patterson delivered a right hook to Jacob’s head that stunned him. A right jab dropped Jacob to his knees. Jacob rose at the referee’s count to six and barely staggered to his corner after the bell rang.
Patterson carried his aggression into the second round hitting Jacob with left hooks to the body and straight right jabs to the head. As he began to taste a title, Patterson followed Jacob to the ropes and pounded three left hooks to Jacob who slumped to the canvas a final time. Winning his first professional championship title was the proudest moment of Tracy’s life. Patterson successfully defended that title for two years.
A couple of years later in 1994, Patterson lost the belt to Hector Acero-Sanchez. After that fight, Tracy left Floyd’s camp in search of a new direction in his boxing career. In 1995, he captured the IBF Super Featherweight Championship title with a TKO over Eddie Hopson, but lost the belt later that year when defending against Arturo Gatti. In 1997, he had a rematch with Gatti, but again lost in a decision. Patterson never regained his titles, and retired in 2001 at the age of 37 with a professional boxing career record of 63-8-2. Today Tracy trains both amateur and professional fighters and is the head boxing coach at the Floyd Patterson Boxing Club in Highland, NY.