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Old 03-15-2008, 10:50 AM   #1
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Question If you were Chuck Wepner's trainer, what would you do to make him a better fighter?

There've been a few Chuck 'Wagon' Weper posts on here recently, so it got me thinking about this one.

I have nothing against the bloke at all, I think he had guts, and was tough. But, to be blunt, skillwise, he wasn't very good, was he?

So, if you were to be his trainer, with what you know about boxing, and about his style, what would you do to improve him?

If it was me, I'd train him how not to use his face for his defence, and to develop a jab of some kind. I'd also like him to be more mobile, plus I'd have to do something about those horrid crosses, like the futile ones he threw against Ali.

There's sure to be plenty of boxers and trainers out there, and also people who just know more about boxing than I do, so what would you do to improve Chuck's style if you were his trainer? Please feel free to be as blunt as you like!
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Old 03-15-2008, 11:00 AM   #2
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Default Re: If you were Chuck Wepner's trainer, what would you do to make him a better fighter?

You can't improve on perfection.
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Old 03-17-2008, 04:54 AM   #3
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Pray real hard...
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:26 AM   #4
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Default Re: If you were Chuck Wepner's trainer, what would you do to make him a better fighter?

Teach him how to fight on the inside.

I think it'd maximize his lack of natural talent, considering how damned huge he was. Big, big guy.
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:10 AM   #5
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Default Re: If you were Chuck Wepner's trainer, what would you do to make him a better fighter?

I don't think that there's much that can be done to improve on what little potential there was. Chuck Wepner already went further than he was supposed to. He had no natural ability, the tendency to cut badly, little power, etc. No matter how hard you trained him, chuck's ability to develop real athleticism was capped. Sure, he might have been a little bit better had he started off his career working with a top level trainer and staying away from the kind of life that came with being associated with the mob, but he'd never be champion.
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