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Said El Harrak: Local boxer starts anew

After a loss in his first pro fight, El Harrak has refocused himself

Posted: January 7, 2010 10:46 p.m.
Updated: January 8, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
The day after Hart High graduate and boxer Said El Harrak lost his first professional fight, he told friends he was through.

El Harrak’s disappointing television debut on the Showtime network on Dec. 18 was stopped in controversial fashion and was enough for him to contemplate a departure.

But like many boxing threats, this one carried no weight.

El Harrak has rededicated himself, doing away with his trainer and planning for his future in the sport.

“It broke my heart. People don’t understand. This is my life,” El Harrak said on the loss to Lanard Lane.

The 27-year-old 2000 Hart High grad was knocked down twice in the first round — the first two knockdowns of his professional career.
In the second round, he continued to struggle against the fast-handed Lane, but was still fighting back.

Midway through the round, Lane connected then missed on a punch, yet the referee stepped in and stopped the fight, handing Lane the technical knockout.

El Harrak pleaded with the referee not to stop the fight, then dropped to his knees in disbelief and disappointment.

“I’m a fighter and I’m a boxer. Stopping the fight in the second round after two missed punches was the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen in my life,” El Harrak said. “I know my will and my pride. Even though I was behind in the first and second round, (I would have come back). He took that from me.”

The boxer said he reflected on a couple of things after the fight.

He decided to move from the Las Vegas area back to the Santa Clarita Valley.

El Harrak also decided to leave his trainer.

“A lot of people in Vegas are all about the money, all about themselves,” he said. “You have to surround yourself with people who are willing to take the bus with you, not only want to ride the limo.”

El Harrak said he had no energy in the fight.

The fight was fought at a catch weight of 145 pounds — away from El Harrak’s normal 147.

He said he barely ate for three days prior to the fight so he could make weight as he wanted badly to stay on the nationally televised card.

El Harrak said his reflexes were shot once he got into the ring and he was, and appeared, sluggish.

“I don’t need to make an excuse. If I lose to a man I thought was truly better, I would have gone up to him and raised his hand. I’m a true man. I give people respect when respect is deserved,” El Harrak said. “I beat myself. I give Lane credit. I stepped in the ring that night.”

El Harrak has gone back to the trainer he first met at the Santa Clarita Valley Community Center — Terry Washington.

El Harrak plans on traveling to Texas, where Washington lives, to train with him, in hopes of getting another fight in March.

Another goal is to get Lane in a rematch.

If not this year, then next.

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