Originally Posted by kokingbill
I'm not hating on the guy. I am sure he is a nice guy. I am leery of trainers who never boxed themselves. It just doesnt make any sense to me. How can you claim to be an expert at anything you never did? Its paradoxical. Andre Ward is Andre Ward. He just needs someone to hold the punch mits for him and spot him when hes working out. Amir Khan and Alfredo Angulo will find that Virgil Hunter was just a lucky guy to work with Andre Ward since he was a kid and he isnt a miracle worker. Again, all the best to the guy.
Man you couldn't be more wrong. Let me just say that the trainer I work for/with, knows Virgil Hunter very well and he tells me he's an excellent trainer.
Also, you don't necessarily have had to do something to be a good trainer in that same sport. Joe Goosen never boxed, Nacho Berenstein didn't either, both are GREAT trainers.
Being a great trainer is about understanding the sport, and then more importantly relaying the info in a way that the pupil will understand. Just because Michael Jordan and Larry Bird were great players, it didn't mean they would make great coaches. On the contrary, they were terrible coaches.