It seems to me, that there are always as many opinions as there are people. Some see this as a bad thing; it may create more confusion as those with limited interest and knowledge add to the pool of names, numbers and picks. I on the other hand welcome everyone’s word, due to the fact that more people equal a better and more precise average.
There is probably a fresh article on the top boxers, boxing coaches, boxing referees or boxing promoters, every single day. People read and instantly criticize someone for their list and the order that the list displays. To me, there are no wrongs and rights when I read such personal ratings. The reason for this is because it’s not the list that is bad, or better said different, it’s how the person defines what he is writing about.
Today I want to share with you my list of the top ten best boxing trainers in boxing history. This will be solely my own opinion from what I have heard, read and seen. But before getting to the list, lets me try and define what I think a best trainer means to me.
There are a few different attributes that make up a legendary trainer. First and foremost, it’s what they have done with their stable of fighters. If a trainer has a number of great skilled fighters who show up on their doorstep ready to fight already groomed by someone else, this I don’t count. A truly great trainer needs to mold a fighter, educate them, carry them to greatness while showing consistency, professionalism and dedication all throughout their (trainer’s) career.
A great trainer is patient, and careful. They don’t let their fighter get hurt when hopeless is the only feeling left in their heart. They don’t allow their fighter to slack off, otherwise ending their relationship. A great trainer must have a mental and emotional connection with the fighter, feeling what his fighter feels, and being able to see what the fighter is seeing.
Trainers don’t give up on their boxers, and never let them feel unappreciated and incomplete. Hard work, proper passing of knowledge, dedication, consistency, respect, understanding, attention to detail and authenticity are crucial to a working boxer/trainer relationship.
A trainer who can throw in the towel when fighter is in trouble is a great trainer. A trainer who can lift the fighter’s spirits in the corner during a fight, is a great trainer. A trainer who can give their fighter energy and drive, is a great trainer.
A trainer who is in it for the quick buck is not a good trainer. A trainer who sees their fighter as property or a pet, is not a good trainer. A trainer who doesn’t make their fighter a priority, is not at all a good trainer. Even if the fighter becomes a champion of the world.
And now, on to the list!