Whitey Bulger was basically the reason you got out of Boston, right?
Yeah, that's the reason I left. I had always planned on coming back to Vegas, I just didn't know when. I had a good thing going in Boston, at least I thought I did.
What was that?
We were training people, training fighters, we were training businessmen, we were training housewives. We were teaching anybody who wanted to learn how to box and I was making money. I was paying my bills and I enjoyed what I did.
I was having fun. So, yeah, I wasn't planning on leaving when I did. Then I got the phone call and I literally -- I had this pretty cool little place. I had a one-bedroom condo on a second floor with a huge deck, and I left everything there: furniture, television, stereos, bedroom set, everything I owned I left in that condo when I left.
I packed a suitcase with clothes and came out here. It was on a Sunday afternoon.
What was the call, 2,500 bucks?
Yes, 2,500 bucks. Yeah, well they had walked into a class. It was a guy named Kevin Weeks and he was one of his guys. Kevin Weeks was Whitey Bulger's right-hand man.
They walked into my class, 'You owe us 2,500 bucks.' 'For what?' They were just like, 'Figure it out. Get it.' I said, 'I don't have it. '
2,500 bucks was like asking me for 25,000. I don't have it. They said, Well, get it from your girlfriend. I said, She doesn't have it either. They said, Well, you're going to have to figure it out.
So I avoided them for a while. Maybe a month, month and a half. One day at my house I got a phone call. They said, You have until 1 tomorrow to come up with that money. I said, OK. Sounds good. Packed my stuff, bought a Delta plane ticket, and got the hell out of there.
You've been here ever since.
I've been in Vegas ever since, yeah.