The Finger Post (April 16, 2018)
Between 2003 and 2008 I covered a number of fights in the State of Colorado while I attended law school at the University of Denver. One of Colorado’s most popular boxers during this decade was the gritty Rob Frankel. Frankel started off in rather unspectacular fashion, getting stopped in his pro debut by Hector Munoz before winning a pair of uninspiring decisions over a pair of fighters with records of 0-7 and 0-6 respectively.
I won’t lie…I wasn’t expecting much from him.
Maybe a few more ugly wins before getting blown out against a top level prospect…and then either a slide into opponent status or an end to the boxing career.
But a funny thing happened on the way to obscurity. Frankel learned how to fight, and that coupled with his rock solid chin and his overall toughness led to Frankel becoming one of Colorado boxing’s most unexpected main event fighters. On April 9, 2005 Frankel scored a stunning upset over Martin O’Malley, a moment that gave birth to one of Colorado boxing’s most unexpected stories. Frankel gave as good as he got, and although he never quite pulled off that one big win that would put him into the world rankings, he gave a lot of Colorado boxing fans reason to believe in him nonetheless. He was tough and we just knew that one day he would find that one contender who was looking past him. One day he would march into the top ten and upend the apple cart. Since that inglorious pro debut, Rob Frankel would win a NABA belt in 2008, a WBC regional belt in 2012, he would defeat a former USBA champion named Michael Stewart in 2007 and even scored a win over a guy named Pacquiao (OK, it was Manny’s brother Bobby, but still a nice win).
But back on April 16, 2004 he was just another unknown undercard fighter who I expected would be done with the sport by the end of the year.
Fortunately I was wrong on that assessment.
Rob Frankel’s April 16, 2004 fight with Danny Almanza in Denver, Colorado:
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