Judi Abate, The Boxing Diva, continues her discussion on boxing with well-known boxing trainer Jeff Mayweather. Mayweather has trained David Sample, Sultan Ibragimov, Celestino Caballero and is currently working with prospect Kevin Newman. To read part one of this interview, please click here. Now for part two:
What do you think about the state of boxing today?
I think boxing needs to find some new young stars now that Floyd and Manny are ready to retire.
Who has the best chin in boxing today?
I have no idea who has the best chin in boxing it’s way to many fighters to even stake that claim.
What is your opinion of women’s boxing?
I think women’s boxing is just as entertaining as men and they give 100% most of the time they are showcased. Too bad there are no longer any marquee names left to carry the sport.
What is your opinion of MMA?
I think MMA is entertaining, because of it’s fast pace and hard hitting. It’s a growing sport.
What do you think about the idea of bringing back bare knuckle boxing?
In this day and age I think it would be asinine to go back to bare knuckle fighting with the severity of the damage it could cause.
Do you think there are too many dirty tricks in boxing?
No, there only seems to be a few fighters that even fight dirty on the highest level.
How do you keep your fighters motivated while training?
Basically it’s easy to keep a fighter motivated that trains with me. I can always resort back to my nephew as a guy who has made more than enough money and has won more than enough titles, yet he can stay motivated and be the best fighter in the world. Any fighter should be able to get motivated that hasn’t reached that highest status. Boxing is a chosen sport you; are not drafted.
What would be the easiest thing to teach a boxer?
The straight right hand or the left hand depending on which is your power punch.
What would be the hardest?
The hook, because it’s a preferential punch in the way it’s thrown.
How does losing a bout impact you – in comparison to it’s effect on your boxer?
It should have the same effect on the trainer as it does on the fighter if they are in sync with one another. You win as a team and lose as a team.
Do you believe hard training makes the fight easier?
Training hard doesn’t necessarily make the fight easier, good match making makes the fight easier but of course you should always train hard.
Who is an elite fighter currently?
Anyone who can dominate the sport or their division.
What is the most difficult punch to counter?
How important is ring generalship?
Ring generalship is very important, because it shows that you know how to control your environment while inside of the ring.
Is there such a thing as a fighter fighting the perfect fight?
No, there isn’t, because a perfect fight would be a fighter not getting hit at all. That will never happen unless a the fighter comes out and lands the very first punch thrown and knocks the opponent out cold. So, I guess I stand corrected; it can happen.
Prefer to be the underdog before a fight?
Well being the underdog means that you are supposedly brought in to lose. I prefer to be the favorite because, to be the underdog and pull off an upset over possibly the house fighter or the fighter of the promoter is a very hard task. You would in most cases have to completely dominate the other fighter to get a fair shake meaning, that if you continue to be the underdog it makes it an unrealistic task to emerge victorious over and over.
How would you like to be remembered?
As a trainer that cared about his fighters and gave them all the knowledge I had. I wouldn’t short change any of my fighters. I want to be remembered that I was a winner as a trainer who trained multiple champions. That I made a difference in my fighters lives inside and outside the ring.
How do you avoid the comments from critics concerning the family?
My family happens to be one of the biggest names in the sport of boxing and it’s because we all have been very successful in the sport as fighters and as trainers it comes with the territory. No matter what you do you’re not going to please everyone, plus without haters that means you’re not doing something right. But me personally, I’m very rarely involved in any controversy.
What is your nephew like outside the ring?
Outside the ring, he’s just like everyone else. He has his circle of friends and his legion of fans that are loyal to him and respect what he does. He’s a nice and generous guy to those who are within his inner circle.
* Part 3 of this interview with Jeff Mayweather will be a bit more personal, playful and contain a few priceless Q&A’s. Stay tuned.