George Pindell can't figure out why he has such difficulty staying active as a professional boxer.
His co-trainer and manager, Charlie Hollaway, says Pindell has no one to blame but himself.
"It's because he's a southpaw and he's good. Matchmakers can't get a fighter for him," said Hollaway, 54, as he watched the Annapolis resident work out Tuesday evening at the Harding/Lowry gymnasium in Pasadena.
"Just recently, I sent him down to Florida to work with Freddie Pendleton and he tore Freddie up. And Freddie's going to fight for the championship of the world. These guys don't want to mess with him."
And the ones who do shouldn't be asking.
"I turned down a fight with Terrance Ali, I turned down one with [super lightweight champion] Julio Cesar Chavez. George wasn't ready for that," Hollaway said.
Instead, Pindell will step into the ring for the first time this year as part of Round One Promotions' dinner/boxing show at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie on Sept. 17.
He's matched against Jorge Romero (16-4-1) of North Carolina in a scheduled six-round super lightweight bout.
Pindell fought three times last year, taking unanimous decisions over George Taylor, Elwyn Kemp and, most recently, Tracy Muse in December at the Pikesville Armory.
Muse was knocked down in the second round, as Pindell improved his record to 11-2 and again had those closest to him thinking about a world ranking.
Or, dare they even say it, a world championship.
"I'll guarantee he'll be a top contender, if not a champion of the world," Hollaway said, "if things work out right and he can keep getting fights.
"I've got him on this show, and [Round One Promotions matchmaker] Josh Hall is telling me he'll try to get him some 10-round fights on the next couple shows."
Hall said, "I've had calls about guys going to Europe to fight and his name has come up, and if he had a couple 10-rounders, a few more fights under his belt, he would have gotten a shot by now. That's what I'll try to do now, get him some six-rounders and work him up to eight rounds and go from there."
Again, it appears that Pindell is on the right course. But will his career take another wrong turn?
He didn't fight for nearly three years before making his return in March 1991 when he overwhelmed Taylor at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.
The idle time was born from a falling out between fighter and trainer and cost Pindell, 27, some valuable rounds in the ring.
"We had a little disagreement," Hollaway said. "He wanted to go here and there, and I told [trainer] Larry Middleton, 'Go ahead and take him.' But then Larry said, 'Charlie, that boy needs you,' so I took him back. I've been with him all that time. I know him like a book."
Then Hollaway must know that thoughts of a championship, and all the last-minute postponements that have limited Pindell to just 13 professional bouts, aren't eating away at his fighter.
"I take it step by step, just trying to win each fight I have," Pindell said, resting after a light sparring session.
"It's not like I'm looking for anything out of boxing. It's not like boxing owes me something. It's something I like doing, and whatever comes, comes.
"Right now, this is like a hobby. Whenever I get called for a fight, I
But that doesn't always ensure a payday.
"He's had so many letdowns," Hall said. "I'll say, 'OK, we'll use you on the card,' and then I can't find a fighter for him.
"People are so used to right-handers. Someone will pick up the phone and call a certain person and ask about George, they find out he's a slick left-hander and automatically try to stay away from him."
Hollaway would like for Pindell, who as an amateur won the South Atlantic Championship at 132 pounds, to fight once a month "until we get up there in the rankings, in the top 10."
Pindell, with his muscular frame and polished skills, certainly has the look of a top-10 fighter in the gym.
After some shadow-boxing and work on the speed bag, Pindell donned the gloves and went three minutes with Hollaway's son-in-law, Dale Goode, 27, who has been involved in the sport for three months.
Goode was the only one wearing headgear.
He needed it.
"He's going to be one of the best," said Goode, after catching just about every punch that Pindell threw.
"He's fast, most definitely. He has great hand speed and he thinks fast. He comes in with not just one punch, but good combinations."
And this was Pindell's first night of sparring.
"When I say he's slick, I mean real slick," Hall said. "He doesn't get hit much. He's a young 27 because he doesn't have any wars on his head. A lot of time, the punishment you suck up has a lot to do with how you deteriorate, but with George, when he's in a war, he's the one doing the warring."
But he's not the one doing the worrying.
"I don't think about how my career has been hurt by not fighting a lot," Pindell said. "I don't look at what could have been."