IN the real-life melodrama of boxing, the role of trainer is one of the most fascinating. There are scores of trainers who have become as legendary as some of the best boxers in history. Boxers flock and beg to be trained by the likes of Freddie Roach, Robert Garcia and Virgil Hunter, but for every trainer who is a household name, there are thousands of others who go unrecognised. Deontay Wilder is quickly becoming one of boxing’s superstars, but Jay Deas, the man who orchestrated his success, is relatively unknown and unpraised.
If you saw Jay Deas driving down the street you would never notice him. He would move past you in his 1996 Honda Accord. He might be driving his two daughters to school, or running some other pedestrian household errand. You would never know that his day consists of yelling instructions and simulating boxing matches in the clinch with WBC heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder.
The one thing that separates Jay Deas from the common man is his love, passion, and encyclopedic knowledge of boxing. He was highly influenced by the exploits of his older brother Tommy.