My Favorite Boxing Coaches Of All Time

By Matt Ford - 08/22/2023 - No comments

1. Angelo Dundee – The Motivational Guru

  • Trained: Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman Dundee’s lively spirit and way with words inspired fighters to reach their potential. His work with Ali is pure magic.

1. Emanuel Steward – The Legend

  • Trained: Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko Steward’s hands crafted champions like fine art. His mentorship and incredible ability to connect with fighters made him a true legend. #1 together with Dundee.

3. Cus D’Amato – The Visionary

  • Trained: Mike Tyson, Floyd Patterson, José Torres D’Amato’s foresight and belief in his fighters transcended generations. His connection with Tyson is an emotional tale of trust and triumph.

4. Eddie Futch – The Calm Strategist

  • Trained: Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes With a gentle touch, Futch turned raw talents into legends. His strategic thinking is still a guiding light for new trainers.

5. Freddie Roach – The Tactician

  • Trained: Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto Roach’s technical brilliance and commitment have shaped careers and forged deep bonds with his fighters, especially Pacquiao.
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6. Nacho Beristáin – The Mexican Maestro

  • Trained: Juan Manuel Márquez, Ricardo López, Daniel Zaragoza Beristáin’s artistry in the ring and profound understanding of the fighters’ soul make him an icon in Mexican boxing.

7. Floyd Mayweather Sr. – The Legacy Shaper

  • Trained: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Chad Dawson Mayweather Sr.’s influence goes beyond his family. His defensive techniques are admired across the sport.

8. Ray Arcel – The Timeless Mentor

  • Trained: Roberto Durán, Larry Holmes, Tony Zale Arcel’s wisdom transcends time, and his love for the sport resonates through his deep connections with his fighters.

9. Kevin Rooney – The Loyal Guide

  • Trained: Mike Tyson, Vinny Pazienza Rooney’s unwavering loyalty and emphasis on discipline made Tyson a force to be reckoned with.

10. Teddy Atlas – The Demanding Mentor

  • Trained: Michael Moorer, Timothy Bradley, Alexander Povetkin Atlas’s no-nonsense approach and tough love made fighters dig deep and find their inner champions.
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11. Buddy McGirt – The Fighter’s Friend

  • Trained: Arturo Gatti, Sergey Kovalev, Antonio Tarver McGirt’s empathy and experience as a former fighter make him a friend and confidante to those he trains.

12. Ronnie Shields – The Modern Mastermind

  • Trained: Erislandy Lara, Jermall Charlo, Mike Tyson (early career) Shields’s modern approach and insight into the game make him a beloved figure among current fighters.

13. Robert Garcia – The Family Coach

  • Trained: Mikey Garcia, Nonito Donaire, Marcos Maidana Garcia’s blend of family values and technical acumen creates a nurturing environment for fighters to thrive.

14. Joe Goossen – The Passionate Trainer

  • Trained: Diego Corrales, Michael Nunn, Gabriel Ruelas Goossen’s fiery passion and dedication inspire fighters to give their all, inside and outside the ring.

15. Virgil Hunter – The Thoughtful Teacher

  • Trained: Andre Ward, Amir Khan, Abner Mares Hunter’s calm demeanor and intelligent approach make him a master at unlocking a fighter’s mental strength.