He trained FOUR of the five fighters that beat Ali, Frazier, Norton, Berbick, and Spinks. He also devised a unique style and fight plan for Norton ( crab style defense) and Frazier (bob and weaving with pressure) to neutralize what Ali did well. THAT”S a great coach. Soft spoken, and graceful, he needed not the spotlight like some of toys self proclaimed shit bag trainers do.He also worked with Michael Spinks, Alexis Arguello, and Marlin Starling, along with Montell Griffin when he beat Roy Jones Jr, and Hames Toney twice.
A gentleman throughout all his successes and a legend.
The best advice I can give to any young fighter is to develop their own style and ring identity.
Take from the greats, your boxing idol, but mold that into your own style.
It was said Muhammad Ali once waited 4 hours outside the gym of former light heavyweight champion Willie Pastrano just to watch him shadow box in the ring and watch him move.
Ali ADORED Willie’s footwork. Willie had smooth, nimble, quick feet.
Ali had superb footwork.
Now you know why.
Willie was ironically trained by Angelo Dundee.
People don’t know that, for as great as Ali was, he took from other good and great fighters and molded it into his own never could be replicated style.
Ali also took from his idol Sugar Ray Robinson calling him the master.
Those who tried to be like Ali we never heard of for obvious reasons, they got KO’d.
Tyson took took from Dempsey, Marciano, etc…
James Toney took from Ezzard Charles, Jersey Joe Walcott, Archie Moore etc…
So don’t try to be Floyd, take from him, but mold what he does best into your own style.
This is how all the greats became great.
Taking from others and creating their own identity…
Jumped in the ring last night frustrated cause one of my fighters wasn’t maximizing his jab and movement.
I worked a round against a pro, not full out sparring but working and SHOWED him how to PUMP the jab behind lateral movement.
My point is, that’s what he needed to see he said, it clicked, not me explaining it to him with mitt work, or stopping the sparring and explaining it.
But me doing it and him SEEING it.
I’m not slow and got the point and lesson across, with the double and triple jabs and left hooks off that thrown.
A lesson was also taught to me, I can’t get frustrated and think the fighter isn’t listening or remembering. More so, I need to teach in the way THEY learn better.
As the late Stephen Covey said. “Seek first to understand, then to be understood”.
Sat next to a ref I have hated for years from Pittsburgh, he stopped my fight years ago, back in 2001, I was not hurt, I ate a hard right my hand didn’t even snap back, it was the sound of it, I could always take a punch, never being physically knocked out, I went after him in the ring when he did that and it was bad.
That always bothered me.
I actually talked to him tonight, he didn’t remember me and I told him he refed one of my fights before in Pittsburgh, he asked what fight, I just said I forgot the name of the fighter so not to create drama and since I was enjoying my conversation with him.
All these years I thought he was a dick, he always had this look to him I never liked.
But tonight I finally forgive him and let that shit go.
Upon finishing our conversation he gave me his card, he now serves on the state boxing commission board and told me to call him if I ever need anything.
Apparently he enjoyed our conversation as well and likes me.
Forgive and forget