Prosports.kz on the most successful mentors from the boxing world.
Unfortunately, many of them are no longer living, but their contribution to the development of boxing will be remembered by the fans of this sport forever.
1. Constantino (Cass) D'Amato
I want to start the list with the legendary American coach Casa D & # 39; Amato. Constantino grew up in a large family and, like his brother Jerry, wanted to become a professional boxer. However, these dreams did not come true: At the age of 12, Cas had a fight with an adult male, which is why he was blind in the left eye. Nevertheless, he did not give up boxing and opened in 1939 the boxing hall of the Gramercy Gym, in which he told many strong boxers, one of whom was Rocky Graziano. D & # 39; Amato soon moved to Catskill for fear of the local mafia, where he opened the Catskill Boxing Club Hall. Here Cas has educated his main stars, Floyd Patterson and Mike Tyson. Constantino always tried to help children from poor families and trained them completely free in his room. In October 1985, a year before Tyson lost the title of Trevor Berbick, D & # 39; Amato was hospitalized with a rare form of pneumonia. He died on 4 November 1985 at the age of 77 years of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis.
2. Angelo Dundee
At the age of eight, Angelo began to engage in boxing. Unlike his older brothers Chris and Jo, Angelo never entered the ring. Already as a child he loved to analyze boxing matches, and as an adult, he became the second. Angelo and his brother Chris opened their own box Fifth Street in Miami in the American Army. The first pupil of Dundee was the famous lightweight Bill Bosio and the champion was Carmen Basilio. At the end of 1959, Angelo collaborated with young Olympic champion Cassius Clay, who later became legendary Mohammed Ali. It was under Dundee Ali who first won the championship belt in pros. In the 70's, Angelo became coach of another Olympic champion – Sugar Ray Leonard. Under his leadership, Ray became world champion three times, reaching first place in the pound-by-pound leaderboard. Dundee also helped George Forman in 1994 when he became the oldest heavyweight world champion. Angelo Dundee died on February 1, 2012 from a heart attack.
3. Eddie Fatch
Unlike his colleagues, Eddie Fatch dreamed of becoming a basketball player as a child, and even as a teenager he played for the semi-professional Detroit team. But due to financial problems, Fatchu had to get a job as a waiter at a local bar, while the owner of the place liked to visit the boxing department. Eddie joined his boss and began boxing. Fatch was tall and strong and doing well in a new sport. He played with experienced boxers like Joe Louis. In 1933, Eddie surrendered to the prestigious Golden Gloves Tournament. In 1936 he planned to become a professional, but the medical committee found a heart murmur in a boxer. The career of a professional boxer had to be abandoned. In 1958 Eddie opened his boxing gymnastics Futch Gym in Baltimore. Fatch became world famous in 1966 when he became assistant to Yancy Darrem, manager and coach Joe Frazier. Eddie was in Joe & # 39; s corner during his legendary victory over Muhammad Ali. Later, Fatch will help Ken Norton make a second defeat in Ali's career. In general, Eddie Fatch has trained more than 20 world champions for his coaching career. In addition to the already mentioned Fraser and Norton Eddie trained boxers like Larry Holmes, Johnny Tapia, Riddick Bowe, Montell Griffin and others. The great coach died on October 10, 2001.
4. George Benton
His first amateur fight was at the age of 13. Three years later he became a professional boxer. Benton was successful in the early '60s, he was the number one middleweight, but could not become world champion.
After George Giardello had defeated in 1962, he had to get a title fight, but Giardello manager Katie Duva organized despite the defeat of a fight with the world champion Dick Tiger, who won Giardello. George Benton's boxing career ended in 1970, when a bully stabbed a boxer in the back in a bar in Philadelphia. The bullet remained in Benton's body until the end of his life. After the end of his boxing career George started to train. George studied with Eddie Fatch and was even in the corner of Fraser during his third fight with Muhammad Ali. Benton also coached Leon Spinks, who inflicted a fifth defeat on Mohammed Ali. The most successful students of George Benton are Evander Holyfield and Pernell Whitaker. George also attracted boxers like Mike McCallum, Meldrick Taylor and others. Benton died of pneumonia on September 19, 2011.
5. Emanuel Stewart
Emanuel Steward began boxing at the age of 12. He had an excellent boxing career, in 1963 he won the Golden Gloves National Tournament. The steward was preparing to go to the pros, but in 1973 he had to end his boxing career due to back problems and start training. Over the entire period of training, Emanuel Steward worked with 41 world champions at different times. Champions like Thomas Hearns, Oliver McCall and others trained in the famous Kronk Gym training room. Emanuel also worked successfully with amateur boxers, six of his students took gold at the 1984 Olympics. Later, he switched only to professionals and successfully coached famous boxers like Evander Holyfield, Oscar de la Hoya, Lennox Lewis, Julio Cesar Chavez and Miguel Cotto. The last stop of Emanuel Steward was Vladimir Klitschko. Great coach died
October 25, 2012 from cancer.
6. Freddie Roach
Many boxing experts refer to Freddie Roach as the most successful coach of the twenty-first century. Freddie began his career as a professional boxer and even managed to fight with the legendary Ectar Camacho (but lost this fight). Roach did not have much success with professionals and started his coaching career. His teacher was the legend of the coaching department Eddie Fatch. Freddie has his own boxing sport in Los Angeles – Wild Card Boxing Club. There he works with his brother Pepper. The most famous and successful student of Roach is Manny Pacquiao. Your tandem is considered one of the most prominent in boxing. At various times, the coach also trained boxers like Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto, Oscar de la Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Unfortunately, Freddie Roach is more difficult to train fighters due to Parkinson's disease. Still, he still remains a mentor to Manny Pacquiao.
7. Buddy McGirt
Buddy McGirt was a successful professional boxer. He had lightweight IBF championship and WBC Welterweight. At the professional ring he won boxers like Patrizio Oliva, Simon Brown, Howard Davies and others. After a successful career the coaching started. In this area he was no less successful and trained personalities such as Arturo Gatti, Antonio Tarver, Lamon Brewster, Vernon Forrest and others. McGeart is still training in his gym in New York. One of his charges is the Kazakh boxer Zhanibek Alimkhanuly.
8. Ignacio Bristine
Ignacio Beristein is a great Mexican coach. Under his leadership, he trained more than 20 world champions, including Juan Manuel Marquez, Rafael Marquez, Ricardo Lopez and Umberto Gonzalez. Coach career Ignacio began in 1962, many of his amateur players became champions. Under his leadership, the Mexican national team won in 1968 at the Games in Mexico City two gold and two bronze medals. Later, Beristein concentrated on working with professionals. The first students of Ignacio were his players in the Olympic team – Gilberto Roman and Daniel Zaragoza. Both became world champion in the professional. Later, Beristein successfully trained the Marquez brothers. Currently he trains Ray Vargas in his own boxing gym Romanza.
9. Teddy Atlas
Teddy Atlas started boxing under the guidance of Casa D & # 39; Amato. In 1976, he won the prestigious Golden Gloves tournament and prepared for the transition to professionals. But because of a spinal injury I had to give up this idea. D'Amato offered his student to start a coaching career, Teddy declined at first, but then returned to the boxing hall Kas. At Catskill, Atlas coached 15-year-old Mike Tyson, but had to leave D & # 39; Amato because of a conflict with him. Later, Atlas began working with Michael Murrer, who became the leader of the light heavyweight division under his leadership. He has also coached Timothy Bradley successfully. Now Atlas is the mentor of Alexander Gvozdika.
10. Nazim Richardson
Richardson successfully coached Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley. Both became world champions under his leadership. Naazim was detained as a teenager. This boxing was salvation for him. The coaching career started especially in Philadelphia and trains the boys in the hall Concrete Gym. In 2007, Richardson suffered a stroke, temporarily losing his ability to walk and talk. Nazim is the father and coach of the Twin Rock brothers and Tiger Allen. He also trains his nephews, brothers Karl and Mike Darganov.
11. Anatoly Lomachenko
Anatoly Lomachenko is the father and coach of Vasily Lomachenko, the current leader, pound for pound. He is one of the most famous coaches in the history of Ukraine. Under him, the country's Olympic team won two gold medals at the London Games. Meanwhile, three of these teams have master belts in pros: Vasily Lomachenko, Alexander Usik and Alexander Gvozdik. Undoubtedly, this is the great merit of Anatoly Lomachenko. Basil himself claims that it was his dad who stood behind all his successes and took him to the pits. Anatoly's coaching career for professionals is just beginning, who knows how many more champions Lomachenko Senior will grow up.
12. Abel Sanchez
The permanent coach of the former leader of the average weight Gennady Golovkin. Abel owns a Big Bear Boxing Show in the mountains of California. Over the years, he coached Terry Norris, Miguel Angel Gonzalez and Sam Peter. Now his most famous stations are Gennady Golovkin and Murat Gassiev. Sanchez was named Best Coach of the Year in 2015. Abel has been coaching for 30 years.