All is not well in the Lauzon family. Yesterday, the Boston Herald ran a story detailing an apparent falling out between brothers Joe and Dan Lauzon. Dan is scheduled to fight Efrain Escudero in two weeks at UFC 114. Joe usually corners his brother for his fights, but not this time. Joe won’t be making the trip to Vegas, nor will Dan’s trainer or boxing coach.
“This is going to be the first fight I don’t have them in my corner,” Dan Lauzon said last week. “They’re not going to be there to support me. It (stinks). I don’t really know what I did to deserve this. I wouldn’t do that to anybody. I wouldn’t do that to my brother, I wouldn’t do that to anyone in my gym. It’s not right.”
“Joe Pomfret is somebody I look at like a father, and he is going to do this to me? You’re going to tell me you can’t (work my corner) and you’re sending me out to Vegas alone for one of my biggest fights?
“I was completely hurt by it, especially my brother Joe. I don’t think anybody would ever do that to their brother. I can’t think of anyone else that would ever do that to their brother and just tell them, ’Hey, you’re on your own.’ ”
You’re probably wondering what Dan did to deserve it. Well, according to Joe, Dan has “never put in an honest training camp.” Joe has always pushed Dan in training to be a better fighter, but with Dan it’s always “something.” A 12-week training camp always had to be rushed and crammed into the final three weeks. Joe said they tried everything — pushing him hard, positive reinforcement, change of scenery — but nothing worked, so they gave him an ultimatum followed by a dose of tough love.
Now we gave Dan an ultimatum. Joe Pomfret, Steve Maze and I knew we all had to act a single unit. This was all or nothing and we all used the same language and tone with him so there was no misunderstanding. We were very clear that if he failed to train 10 or 11 times a week, we were not going to corner for him. It’s not fair that we all make time for him in Vegas when he can’t do his job beforehand and train. This all happened maybe 10 or so weeks out from the fights. We were clear and beat the point into the ground so there was no misunderstanding.
Well… weeks went by and Dan has upped his training a little bit… but I would say on his best week he was training around 6 times a week… but he averaged closer to 4 times a week. I don’t think he hit 10 times once in any given week. I don’t think he even hit 8. This was better than he had been doing prior… but definitely not fulfilling what we had said we needed. Therefore, in all of our eyes, we were not going to corner for him.
Dan told the Boston Herald he thought he was doing everything right, and was “completely blown away” when his team refused to corner him. Josh Grispi, John Clarke and Brandon Chase will accompany him to Vegas instead. Dan plans to find a new team to train with after the Escudero fight.