Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Badou Jack’s Trainer: ShoBox Win a Learning Experience

by David P. Greisman

It definitely wasn’t a signature victory — not as super middleweight/light heavyweight prospect Badou Jack eked out a split decision victory over Alexander Brand last month on Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Generation.”

But it was a win. And though some saw Brand winning the bout, Jack officially came out on top. Jack’s trainer, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, took the win for what it was — a learning experience.

Muhammad recently spoke with BoxingScene.com about Jack’s bout with Brand and what he hopes his fighter learned from it for the future.

BoxingScene.com: How do you think Badou looked last month against Alexander Brand?

Muhammad: “He let that gentleman take him out of his fight. This guy, the trainer [Pablo Sarmiento] is an excellent trainer; he trains [Sergio] Martinez. As we all know, Martinez is a very awkward fighter. And we had another awkward fighter that night. But Badou let him take him out of his game. But Badou in my estimation, he pulled it out in the last round. He was hitting him with left hooks. He tooks the fight over in the last round.

“And then you got to remember, we’re fighting a guy that the WBA had rated No. 15 and the WBC had him rated No. 9. It was a good fight for Badou. It moved him up in the ratings. He’s just got to keep on getting better. It was a good fight, a learning experience.”

BoxingScene.com: Was it too close for your own comfort considering that Badou had to pull it out in the last round? There were some who felt that Brand deseved the win.

Muhammad: “If the other guy had won the last round, then I would’ve said ‘OK, he won the fight fair and square,’ but I told Badou going into the last round, I said ‘This is the round where we really need it. Impose your will on this guy. Let your hands go.’ He let his hands go and he won the last round.

“Badou made the fight. The other guy didn’t make the fight. He was running, holding, grabbing. He didn’t make the fight. We made the fight. I wasn’t satisfied with the actual fight, but I was content with the decision. I knew that winning that last round won the fight.”

BoxingScene.com: What did you tell Badou afterward? Did you try to impart a lesson about what happened?

Muhammad: “You got to stay focused. You can’t let these guys take you out of your game plan. We had a game plan going in. The first round he won. With pressure and just a simple jab, he won that round. Just keep doing the same thing because this kid’s not going to come to you. You got to go in, keep your jab pumping, double and triple, move your head, and we’re going to wear him out. Somehow Badou just forgot how to do that.”

BoxingScene.com: What kind of fight do you want next for Badou to keep improving and make sure he’s eventually ready for the upper echelons?

Muhammad: Basically, not the same type of fighter that we just fought. I’d like to see him fight another eight-rounder with the guys with the same record that Badou has. Even if they had the same record that the last guy we fought had, but a guy that’s not a herky-jerky type fighter. Even though we’re still learning, down the road Badou will be able to take on those guys such as that guy we just fought. But it’s still a learning process. That’s the main thing. You can’t learn this game overnight.”

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter at twitter.com/fightingwords2 or on Facebook at facebook.com/fightingwordsboxing, or send questions and comments to [email protected]

Tags: Badou Jack image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mrmojorisin1 on 06-26-2012

anyone else think badou looks exactly like sly stone?

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines GGG's Promoter: Judge Who Scored Draw Must Also Take Blame! Joshua: Parker Quite Strong, Could Stop Hughie Fury Late Golovkin Promoter Not Sure if Cotto Would Fight GGG in December Daily Bread Mailbag: Canelo vs. Golovkin Post-Fight Mania Frank Warren Discusses Canelo-Golovkin Outcome, Scoring Euro News: Filip Hrgovic, Tom Schwarz, Denis Radovan, More Warrington vs. Ceylan: Jack Massey Added To The Card George Foreman: I'm Shocked McGregor Hit Mayweather Like That Hopkins: Golovkin on The Decline, He Didn't Get Better! Kevin Lerena To Return in February, First Defense at Home Dmitry Kudryashov Only Focused on The Ring, Not World News Arum: This is What They Get For Letting Byrd Do Canelo-Golovkin! Gennady Golovkin's Promoter on The Canelo Rematch Clause Rohan Murdock Aiming For a Knockout Victory on October 14 Photos: Mario Barrios vs. Naim Nelson - Official Weights NSAC Head: No Corruption, Byrd Feels Terrible Over Canelo-GGG Saunders Now Hoping To Have Unification With Golovkin Photo: Jorge Linares in Top Form For Luke Campbell Defense Nonito Donaire vs. Ruben Hernandez Now For WBC Silver Title Barthelemy-Ramirez Ticket Specials For PBC Card on Sept. 26 Tyson Fury Pleads With UKAD To Render Decision on His Career NSAC Director Won't Put Byrd Back in Soon, But Still Will Judge News: Dorticos-Kudryashov, Briedis-Perez Card, Top Rank Update Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz Finalized For November 4, Showtime Magomed's Legal Team Want More Safety Measures For Fighters Sanchez: Crowd Booed Canelo For Talking So Much Sh*t - He Ran! Photos: Joseph Parker, Hughie Fury - Very Heated Final Presser Parker, Fury Final Press Conference Explodes Over Referee Pick Photos: Avni Yildirim Training For War With Chris Eubank Jr. Joshua Not Worried Over Lack of Star Power in The Division Gennady Golovkin: Byrd's Bad Scorecard is 'Terrible for Boxing' Abel Sanchez: I Expected Canelo to Tire Out & Run Like He Did Hopkins: Canelo Handled 'Grim Reaper,' Rematch Will Be Easier Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin: Post-Fight Report Card Callum Smith: I'm Delighted To Finally Have Stability Nicola Adams Wants Quick Return After US Debut Debacle Sergey Kovalev: Las Vegas Does it Again, Golovkin Beat Canelo! Amir Khan: I've Got 2 Years Left - Win a World Title, Then Retire! Joe Selkirk Out of Comeback Fight With Rib Injury Golovkin-Canelo and The Predictable Controversy
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement