Voted ‘Coach of the Yr’ by the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America in 2011, Virgil Hunter is without doubt one of the sports activities nice coaches.
He has skilled numerous world champions, together with Andre Ward, Amir Khan, Andre Berto and Abner Mares amongst others.
With that being stated, following Joshua Buatsi’s spectacular victory over Craig Richards final evening, Hunter believes the Brit is second solely to Andre Ward by way of fighters he has skilled.
“I believe at this level he’s the second greatest fighter I’ve had,” Hunter stated on the post-fight press convention.
“I’ve had some good fighters, like Amir, however they weren’t devoted like Josh and I’ll take the dedication that he offers and that’s what makes me excited for coaching him.
“So, due to his dedication, coming over to the States for 5 months, that’s some severe sacrifice, I even opened up my dwelling for him he’s so devoted, so I’ve him second on the record behind Andre.
“All people else I skilled have been good fighters, however there have been at all times points… he has no points, he simply has straight dedication and dedication.
“He’s a very good child and a strong man and that speaks volumes for him and that’s why I get pleasure from having him and I would like the very best for him.”
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This an enormous praise for Buatsi contemplating he’s solely 16 fights into his skilled profession and but he’s already rubbing shoulders with the likes of Ward who was an Olympic gold medallist and unified world champion at each tremendous middleweight and lightweight heavyweight.
Buatsi started coaching with Hunter final 12 months and it seems the pair are working nicely collectively, because the Brit appeared wonderful in his struggle with Richards.
As for his subsequent problem, Buatsi might be in with a shot at Dmitry Bivol’s WBA world title, if the Russian doesn’t rematch Canelo subsequent.
In accordance with Canelo’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, it appears the Mexican will struggle Gennady Golovkin subsequent in September.
This can open Bivol up for a struggle later this 12 months and it appears like Buatsi is first in line.
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