Issue | Opinion | Premium | Jun 18 2019

‘A loss is rarely the fault of the trainer’

John Scully on why the relationship between trainer and boxer can be a complicated one
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I SPENT much of my life being a boxer and I have now been a trainer for many years. When I was a boxer, I wanted and expected a trainer of mine to understand that as a professional my input could be as valuable as theirs. With a certain amount of experience behind me, especially in the ring as a fighter, I felt I knew enough to have some say into how the training should go on particular days and moments.

There were times I simply didn’t trust the trainer’s judgement. I went with my instincts and things didn’t work out well for me. Similarly, there were times I went against the trainer’s judgement and things worked out okay. As a fighter, you are responsible for your own decisions.

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