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Born: 1952-04-19
Profession: Athlete
Nation: Nicaraguan
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When you won that title you should know now that you are representing a whole country or nation with your actions and you are now in a glass house or under a microscope and you better be ready to make your people proud.

Tags: Country, Proud, Whole

Yes, across the board, these gentlemen understand they have the power to make a difference and even educate people to injustices that are occurring in their worlds.

Tags: Difference, Power, Understand

Aside from a handful of guys boxing is missing the good trainers, that's why our sport is so in the air now because we don't have people who have the capability to not only train fighters but also train and create decent respectable citizens of the world.

Tags: Boxing, Good, Why

I do think the heart can balance out the mind, if your heart is in a good place it can give you the strength to do the right thing and behave the right way and overcome the mind.

Tags: Good, Mind, Strength

Boxing gave me the opportunities to grow into the person that I am today.

Tags: Boxing, Grow, Today

I believe more in precision, when you have the capability, like when you see a mosquito fly and you're able to hit it, you're able to hit it with a couple of short sharp shots... it's a beautiful thing.

Tags: Able, Beautiful, Short

I'd take precision any day over power; as far as being tactical you know you have to see what's going on in there and also understand that for every punch that you or your opponent throws there's always a counter shot or two which you have to be ready to fire or defend.

Tags: Fire, Power, Understand

When you put the interest of a kid on money instead of heart then you're destroying the beauty of our lives and our thought process, which should be about how much responsibilities you carry as an athlete and a citizen.

Tags: Beauty, Heart, Money

It was a natural process, because when we go to the ring we are human beings, but once you feel the punches and the competition that's when the beast comes out and takes hold of us.

Tags: Human, Once, Process

It's a lot about the individual and it's really up to you, how much you dedicate to the fight and how hard you are working and that's where the outcome will come.

Tags: Fight, Hard, Working

Actually punching is a mistake; a heavy hitter will cut you with one shot.

Tags: Actually, Cut, Mistake

Fighters with 13 fights are winning world titles, and of course they don't know how to behave.

Tags: Fighters, Fights, Winning

I have no regrets because I did everything by the book.

Tags: Book, Regrets

I think I went on a nice winning streak of about 20 fights until I fought Jorge Reyes and he stopped me in 6 rounds after I punched myself out.

Tags: After, Nice, Winning

I'd say the most memorable thing for me was my dedication and motivation in how I got so involved in boxing.

Tags: Boxing, Involved, Motivation

I'm doing it, I took responsibility in my country and I've done it with my bare hands.

Tags: Country, Done, Took

Not many people do at the age of 21 or younger even, know how to act nor could be concerned with anything other than fighting, women and money.

Tags: Age, Money, Women

See, I respect boxing because it has given me so much and that's why I will never allow anyone to mistreat the sport of boxing if I can help it.

Tags: Help, Respect, Why

When I was in top shape I'd go to the ring and show my conditioning.

Tags: Ring, Show, Top

I could do what a lot of people are doing and that's sign the best Nicaraguan fighters and then sell them to Don King, but there's no way I'll do that.

Tags: Best, King, Sign

I had to get up run in the morning for 2 hours, go to the gym and also get good opponents as sparring partners because I'm a big believer in that how you train is how you will fight at least when it came to me that's how it worked.

Tags: Fight, Good, Morning

I made a gym, it's the best gym in Nicaragua, I have kids that this year July 6th through the 11th will be fighting and then will go on to the Central American Games and I'm sure at least one will win a gold medal.

Tags: Best, Fighting, Win

If you can believe this, I didn't fight for my first world title fight till I had 58 fights, so I really appreciated what I was fighting for and for whom as well.

Tags: Fight, Fighting, Fights
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Later in July I'm going to be promoting and putting on a boxing show of amateur fighters from July 21st through the 28th where one hundred kids will be fighting and competing with each other to see who's going to be the best.

Tags: Best, Fighting, Kids

Of course after the fight you want to make sure that you're okay and so is the other guy, it's a brotherhood in there, so you want to make sure everyone is okay after the war is over.

Tags: After, Fight, War

What helped me was I had people around me to remind me to help my country even when it did me wrong, have respect for my people, my family, my nation and mankind.

Tags: Family, Help, Respect

When money comes into play then that's all it's about wanting money, who's making the most who can get the most, me, me me... and in the end it screws up the person and the sport.

Tags: End, Making, Money

When I was 13, I moved from New Jersey to Germany with my family. The high school was so supportive of my dream to continue with my theater training; instead of taking PE, I would get credit for dance lessons.

Tags: Family, School, Training

When I was 3, I recited a poem at a festival in Passaic, New Jersey. The applause was tremendous, and it hit me that I could affect people positively by performing.

Tags: Hit, Jersey, Performing

When I was a kid, my daily routine was playing make-believe, and I kind of created these stories throughout the day. And when it came time to go to preschool, my English wasn't really so great because my mother wanted me to learn Ukrainian, so she signed me up for these children's theater groups.

Tags: Great, Mother, Time

When I won the Tony, I blacked out. I don't remember anything. I had bullet points jotted down, but I forgot to read half of them. My hands were shaking. It was an insane honor to be recognized in that way.

Tags: Honor, Read, Remember

Film is new for me so I'm so fascinated by it and love it, but I would pass out if I could never do theater again. I'd be physically ill!

Tags: Again, Film, Love

I can't have white roses. They symbolize death.

Tags: Death, Roses, White

I had a year at 3 when I wanted to be a conductor in the opera.

Tags: Opera, Wanted, Year

I let steam off by watching 'Downton Abbey.'

Tags: Off, Steam, Watching

I love all things Queen - their songs are epic storytelling.

Tags: Epic, Love, Songs

I never approach a character from a negative place.

Tags: Character, Negative, Place

I see something new in 'Gosford Park' every time I watch it.

Tags: Park, Time, Watch

I think if you want to get to know me, you should come and see a show. A person might get to see more sides of me.

Tags: Might, Show, Sides

I try not to put my purse on the floor - demons will get into it.

Tags: Demons, Put, Try

I was into opera as a kid - I'd play 'Carmen' and sing and dance. My mom signed me up for a theater group before preschool, and I never looked back.

Tags: Dance, Group, Mom

I'm a real blonde.

Tags: Blonde, Real

I've had a very supportive mother my entire life, so I've had strong women around me.

Tags: Life, Mother, Women

If I'm having a bad day in rehearsal, I'll sleep with my script.

Tags: Bad, Rehearsal, Sleep

My favorite place to vacation is anyplace by the ocean.

Tags: Ocean, Place, Vacation

What makes an actor, I think, is a combination of a deep curiosity about life and a case of the crazies.

Tags: Deep, Life, Makes

You leave part of yourself on every stage you're on. How could you not live in the air somehow?

Tags: Leave, Stage, Yourself

Before I left for Germany, I had gotten accepted to the performing arts high school in New York, which was a big dream of mine. And having to leave that was very sad for me.

Tags: Big, Sad, School

Every audition is different, but I get incredibly nervous and insecure and worked up for however long I have to prep - that's when I get to spin. But you're not allowed to spin once you enter the room. Doubt really can't enter the room when you're auditioning - unless it's part of the character.

Tags: Character, Doubt, Insecure

Going to the theater or having the honor of performing in theater reminds you of your humanity in a very different way. It's a real release and an incredible challenge. But the stage is a dangerous place. You gotta be trained. Plus, crowds like when things go wrong. I think that's part of the thrill. Anything can happen.

Tags: Happen, Humanity, Real

I don't really know what 'American' is. I know what Ukrainian is. We're happy Slavic people. We're not Dostoyevsky Slavic people. There's this sense of 'pick it up, get your hands dirty, make the best of it, celebrate.'

Tags: Best, Happy, Sense

I got last-minute rush seats to Baz Luhrmann's 'Boheme,' and my favorite singer, Ekaterina Solovyeva, was playing Mimi that day. My face got burned off when she sang the aria 'Donde Lieta Usci.' The woman was technically sobbing and singing opera at the same time. I don't know how you do that.

Tags: Off, Time, Woman

I was a hostess, I sold shoes, but I don't function well in jobs that don't have to do with what I love. I have cleaned bathrooms in theaters, I have sold wine in theaters, I have sold tickets, because I will do anything, anything, to stay in this world.

Tags: Love, Shoes, Wine

I would feel ill without theater. It's kind of a cliche, but every time you make a mistake, you really do have to learn from it to move on. When you're doing something live, there's no time to dwell. Hopefully you'll laugh it off, but if not, you can always take a day to hate yourself.

Tags: Hate, Time, Yourself

I'm mildly obsessed with skin care. I do a lot of masks at home, like Elisha Coy's Korean Collagen masks. I also use an embarrassingly wide variety of facial creams.

Tags: Care, Home, Skin

Now that I'm on Broadway, it's like NASA engineering with the costumes. I was very grateful for the slightly more high-tech ones in my show, 'Venus in Fur'; our costume designer Anita Yavich is kind of a genius.

Tags: Genius, Grateful, Show
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