- Jul 6, 2019
My thinking with Booth was mainly that they know each other, and Booth has some experience in training an explosive fighter to fight bigger men.I had an obsession with trainers back in the day, ever since reading Angelo Dundees book "I only talk winning".. And his apprentice with elite coaches at stillmans gym.
Would obsessively read and collect articles and interviews with coaches.
I think Adam Booth is no better then a Jim Mcdonnell, but more articulate and self-confident comes across well on tv... And the weird contraptions he uses were taken by his own admission from Jorge Rubio.
And alot of social media hype on forums on him being the "Dark Lord"...helped his career.
Part of being a known trainer is also being able to engender the right kind of publicity and hype for yourself thats part of the hustle of being a trainer.
Only a select few coaches in boxing have the ability and proven track record to take on a fighter and make technical adjustments and improvements in a short space of time. ..Freddie Roach, Ronnie Shields, John David Jackson, Buddy Mcgirt, Joe Goosen, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.. maybe one or two others.
As for the rest its just about being at the right place at the right time and good self promotion.
Adam Booth is a good coach but is he amongst the creme de la creme? I am not so sure like to see how he progresse with the likes of Josh Kelly and Harlem Eubanks to see if he is more tgen just part good coach and part great self publicist.
I also think his pre and post fight analysis was decent. Tbh though, much of what he said is widely known, so it's probably more important to get someone who Wilder might listen to, rather than what the trainer might say. A bigger, American, name might help with that.
I do think Wilder can be better, even without making changes. He was buzzed early doors and was therefore even more sloppy than usual.
For example, Ben Davison pointed out something I hadn't realised. Wilder continually went backwards lead foot first, rather than back foot like he usually does, thus he was never really set to even think of throwing.
It might have been the pressure causing him to panic, but I also think it's cause he was buzzed and not thinking clearly.