The boy listened to his father’s story and shared his pain …
The father had traveled full of illusions. And he had to return empty-handed. It was 1968 and the Olympic Games in Mexico were taking place, in which Mario Omar Guilloti returned with a bronze medal. In that boxing team, in which, for example, a Víctor Emilio Galíndez who was already emerging as a figure participated, he was also there.
Cacharro they called him and continue to call him Rafael José González. An error during training caused a lung problem and he could not fight; He returned with his dream shattered, as a tango says.
Your son heard that story and felt he had to do something. And he did, since today, 53 years after those Games, Daniel Rafael González, born on December 14, 1981, was in Tokyo with the Argentine boxing team as an assistant with Fabricio Nieva, the group’s main coach. “My dad was left with nothing in those Games; and I felt that I had to do something, and that’s how my story began … I set out to ensure that this type of situation did not happen again, that the boxers arrived with adequate preparation. And here I am, fulfilling my dream of having participated in an Olympic Game “. And he adds: “My father was training to lose weight dressed in plastic clothing. He did not have any cotton garment to absorb sweat and he ended up with a pleura that did not allow him to compete. My father was a figure in an already legendary club, like United of Pompeii, but he did few fights as a professional and then he retired. And I dedicated a large part of my life to fulfilling what would be the “Great dream” of a boxing technician “…
“Cacharro” has a history that is almost cult: a great boxer, intelligent and strategic, who retired very young, at the beginning of the 70s, leaving an enormous memory among those who saw him fight. His son boxed to see firsthand what his father had done. At the Unidos de Pompeya club, that tradition sown by masters like Arnaldo Romero, or “Colín” (that is how he was always known) permeated his soul.
He rubbed shoulders with those people and with other younger teachers like Daniel El Colorado Fernández. He does not forget those famous Friday nights with great amateur boxing festivals or his godfather, also a boxer, Jorge Sosa.
-I started training at Unidos de Pompeya and also with the National Team. I made my debut fifteen days after it started; I was around 18 years old and I was lucky enough to meet and learn a lot from Sarbelio Fuentes, the Cuban coach who led our National Team to the Sydney 2000 Games. My true goal was teaching, physical preparation, and deep knowledge of boxing.
-I went to Cuba when I was 21 years old and there, in Havana, I studied for five years with people from 89 countries. We were about 1,500 students at the International School of Physical Education and Sports in Havana. I graduated in 2008 and with my teacher’s diploma I returned to Argentina.
Young ex-boxers full of concerns, such as Fabricio Nieva or Alejandro Domínguez began to travel to take new steps in amateur boxing, far from previous schools, absorbing new techniques.
– Today there is a non-contact children’s boxing project for boys from six to twelve years old, so that when they reach fourteen they are already formed. And people like Víctor Castro or Omar Narváez, our great world champion, are working with the Youth. My dad fought 102 amateur fights and 6 professional fights; Today there is a lot of international competition, other types of training and the sum of technology.
For the Tokyo Games, he worked as hard as he could, together with Mariano Carrera, who was not only a world champion, but also an Olympian in Sydney. Or with Ruperto Ruiz, a first-rate physical trainer, who works closely with Omar Narváez. With the supervision of Lautaro Moreno, manager of National Teams and leader of great responsibility in the World Boxing Association, as he is president of the Technical Committee for the Quality of Shows and Athletes.
Today professionals can compete in Tokyo, as happened with Francisco “Bebu” Verón or Brian Arregui, just as Dayana Sánchez became the first Argentine Olympic boxer.
– Many things changed although the essence remains the same. We traveled to Tokyo with the peace of mind of having done our homework well; within the possibilities we had, everything was done in the best possible way.
That is what it is about: dreaming, but with your feet on the ground. Like that dream that the father could not achieve in Mexico and that the son, in his own way, fifty years later, could make a reality in Tokyo.