Boxing: Power Ranking Top 5 Trainers in the World, July 2011
It's been a busy month of boxing with several big headline fights across the world.
For the month of July 2011 here are the updated power rankings for the top five boxing trainers in the world with some honourable mentions.
As in June, the power rankings are based on criteria including:
1) Recent Fighters Trained
2) Recent Fights/Titles Won
3) Current Fighters
4) Importance of Upcoming Fights
Comments welcome as always.
Trainer of WBA interim Bantamweight World Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. Shields just drops out of the top five for this month due to a surprise loss for Kermit Cintron on points against Carlos Molina. Shields could be back though when Rigondeaux fights again.
Shields' other Cuban fighter Erislandy Lara suffered a controversial points loss to Paul Williams on 9th July 2011 when many boxing fans and pundits believed Lara had won.
Trainer Power Ranking - 6/10 (Last Month - 6.5/10)
Trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jnr and currently deep in preparation for the upcoming fight against Victor Ortiz on 17th September 2011. A win for Floyd would put him back within the pound-for-pound rankings but do not bet against 'Money' taking another long absence from boxing if he wins.
Trainer Power Ranking - 6/10 (Last Month - 6/10)
5. Naazim Richardson
Naazim Richardson is currently the trainer of the WBC/IBO and Ring Magazine Light-Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins and IBF Cruiserweight World Champion Steve Cunningham.
Richardson currently waits as his two world champion fighters seek out the big fights in their respective divisions.
Bernard Hopkins looks set to fight Chad Dawson in October 2011.
Steve Cunningham is relatively inactive and last fought in February 2011, defeating Enad Licina by a unanimous points decision.
Cunningham has challenged former two weight world champion Antonio Tarver. Tarver is coming off a decent victory against Danny Green and has claimed the IBO version of the Cruiserweight world title. A fight between the two would make for a exciting contest.
Trainer Power Ranking - 6.5/10 (Last Month - 7/10)
4. Roberto Garcia
Roberto Garcia hits the list as a new entry for July 2011.
The former IBF Super-Featherweight World champion currently trains WBA World Lightweight Champion Brandon Rios and WBC/WBO World Bantamweight Champion Nonito Donaire.
Brandon Rios despatched Urbano Antillon by a third round technical knockout to retain his WBA title on 9th July 2011.
Nonito Donaire is slightly in limbo after his dispute with Top Rank was recently settled but don't expect it to be too long before an opponent will be named.
Roberto Garcia has also trained Antonio Margarito, Fernando Vargas and is the current trainer of his younger brother Miguel Angel Garcia who is the NABF/WBO NABO Featherweight Champion.
Garcia has also trained Victor Ortiz, who is now being trained for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jnr by his brother Danny Garcia.
Trainer Power Ranking - 7/10 (Last Month - N/A)
3. Ignacio Beristain
Juan Manuel Marquez came through his test with Likar Ramos on 16th July 2011 scoring a win by first round knockout.
Maruez was barely tested but looked in great shape and is ready for the big challenge of taking on Manny Pacquiao for a third time on 12th December 2011.
Ignacio Beristain will be pleased with his fighter's performance but he will also be relieved that Marquez suffered no injuries or complications arising from the bout.
Trainer Power Ranking - 7.5/10 (Last Month 8/10)
2. Emanuel Steward
Lets face it, the fight between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye on 2nd July 2011 was a massive disappointment and Emanuel Steward knows it.
The aftermath of the fight left many feeling short changed and Emanuel Steward was very vocal in his criticisms of Haye. The fight failed to provide the spark needed to reinvigorate the Heavyweight division and instead has almost finished it off.
On the plus side, Steward is now the trainer of two fighters who hold all of the major titles in the Heavyweight Division which is a decent achievement. It would have been an even bigger achievement if the competition was stronger.
Vitali Klitshcko fights Tomasz Adamek in September 2011. Where the two brothers and Steward go from there is anyone's best guess.
Trainer Power Ranking - 8.5/10 (Last Month - 9/10)
1. Freddie Roach
It seems like Freddie Roach's top two fighters are unbeatable. And this just shows the brilliance of the American trainer.
We all know about Manny Pacquiao, who will be fighting Juan Manuel Marquez for a third time on 12th December 2011.
Amir Khan's victory over Zab Judah, although controversial in some respects, was superb and clearly shows that Khan can be ranked at the top of the Light Welterweight division.
Some may argue that Timothy Bradley is the No. 1, but his recent lack of activity should see Khan be the recognised number one in the division.
The only way to settle the argument would be for Bradley and Khan to fight but is this likely? Khan is now heading for the big name fights and will be stepping into the Welterweight division with hopes of taking on Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
With Roach behind Khan, don't be surprised if Khan gives Mayweather a run for his money.
Trainer Power Ranking: 9.5/10 (Last Month: 9.5/10)