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 Last update:  11/19/2011       Read more by David P. Greisman         
   
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad Talks Badou Jack, Jorge Teron
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by David P. Greisman

One fighter is a prospect early into his professional career and trying to work his way up through the ranks. The other fighter is a former prospect coming off a crushing loss and who now needs to work his way back.

What Badou Jack and Jorge Teron have in common is the man in their corner, former light heavyweight titleholder turned trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.

Jack is a 28-year-old super middleweight from Sweden now fighting in the United States. His 8-0 record (7 knockouts) might not catch as much attention as his nickname: Badou Jack The Ripper.

Teron is 26, once an up-and-coming lightweight, but in recent years hes suffered a decision loss to Aldo Valtierra (avenged in a rematch), a third-round stoppage loss to Brandon Rios, and, earlier this month, a second-round knockout loss to Pier-Olivier Ct that was seen on Showtimes undercard to Lucian Bute vs. Glen Johnson. He is now 25-3-1 (17 knockouts).

Muhammad spoke to BoxingScene.com about what needs to come next for both.

BoxingScene.com: What do you see in Badou Jack?

Muhammad: He wants to learn. Every day is a good learning process for him. Hes in the gym every day. First one in, last one out. Hes a hard worker. I got him throwing good body shots, sitting down on his punches, bending them legs, using a good stiff jab and putting a little pressure on these guys. Hes doing pretty good.

BoxingScene.com: There are a lot of prospects out there. What do you look for at this point to tell whether this guy is going to be different?

Muhammad: What they bring to the gym to me. I just raise their status a little higher because of the situations I went through learning the game. What theyre bringing me, I just take it to another level.

BoxingScene.com: What does Badou Jack need to work on?

Muhammad: Just a little bit of remembering what we learned in the gym. Thats all that is. Sometimes he gets into the heat of battle and then he resorts to the things that he used to do. A little bit more head movement. He established the jab in our last fight. The balance was perfect. Everything was on par. But I want him to establish a great jab where hes doubling and tripling up that jab.

BoxingScene.com: How many times would you like to see him fight in 2012?

Muhammad: Id like to see him fight at least about six times next year. I want to keep him busy as much as possible.

BoxingScene.com: Whats going on now with Jorge Teron?

Muhammad: He just lost his last fight, Im still with him. I didnt turn my back on him. There are some things that we have to get together on to solidify his defense. He has a bad habit of staying on the ropes. Hes a fighter. I got him in his career where he was already established in his boxing game. Its hard, they say, to teach an old dog new tricks. But we learn. It is what it is. We just got to work harder. Thats all.

BoxingScene.com: What did you think of Cote?

Muhammad: Hes an excellent prospect. Excellent prospect.

BoxingScene.com: What do you want Jorge Teron to do next to rebuild?

Muhammad: I dont think his confidence dwindled any. Hes just got to go back to the drawing board and use his attributes, what God gave him, height, reach, a nice, good jab and keep those guys on the outside. Thats all he needs to do, basically.

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 fightingwords1@gmail.com

Tags: Badou Jack , Jorge Teron



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comment by Thread Stealer, on 11-19-2011
I'd like to see Eddie train some of his fighters to throw the left hook to the body the way he did. Eddie against Marvin Johnson: one of the great bodypunching displays in boxing.

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