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Old 08-27-2007, 03:55 AM   #1
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I have seen this 'trainer' in the corner of many different fighters over the years: Taylor, Bramble, Golota, Holyfield, Biggs....etc & i must say... He seems like a huge dumbass. He constantly screams advice in the ears of his fighters without giving any truly valuable strategy. He always used to bitch and complain to referees @ nauseum. From what i have seen he is pretty much a dumbass trainer who was lucky enough to have almost all of the 1984 olympians & several other boxing stars. It should also be noted that he cost Meldrick Taylor the Chavez fight in 1990 by giving him horrible advice before the final round and then diving unto the ring apron (thus distracted Taylor from responding to Steele's count)... Thoughts, Opinions on Lou....
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Old 08-27-2007, 04:15 AM   #2
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I have seen this 'trainer' in the corner of many different fighters over the years: Taylor, Bramble, Golota, Holyfield, Biggs....etc & i must say... He seems like a huge dumbass. He constantly screams advice in the ears of his fighters without giving any truly valuable strategy. He always used to bitch and complain to referees @ nauseum. From what i have seen he is pretty much a dumbass trainer who was lucky enough to have almost all of the 1984 olympians & several other boxing stars. It should also be noted that he cost Meldrick Taylor the Chavez fight in 1990 by giving him horrible advice before the final round and then diving unto the ring apron (thus distracted Taylor from responding to Steele's count)... Thoughts, Opinions on Lou....
From what I have gathered of seeing Duva, he was primarily in the corner to serve as a motivator, and of that he did a great job.
Usually Duva worked in tandem with a better X's and O's stategist like George Benton.

Duva fought tooth and nail and many times made a scene, but it was all for the benefit of his fighter.

The Meldrick Taylor incident, in knowing his fighter was in bad shape, he puposely went berzerk and climbed up to the ring ropes in hopes it would distract referee Richard Steele and buy Meldrick Taylor some time.
Obviously it did'nt work, although folks did'nt like the outcome of the fight, Steele did his job to the letter.

I would venture to guess that most of the fighters that Lou Duva has worked with have good things to say about him.

He's certainly is'nt perfect, but nobody really is, we're all human......
....but I have to respect a guy like Duva who had the passion to fight for his fighters!
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Old 08-27-2007, 04:30 AM   #3
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When I think of him, I think of Whitaker and Golota
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:46 AM   #4
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Duva's tantrums were hilarious and weel documentated
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Old 08-27-2007, 06:35 PM   #5
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When I watch Duva on ESPN's Ringside as a guest speaker I can hardly understand him. The words coming out of his mouth... he sounds like he's muttering Swahili or something. I need to turn the closed captioning on.
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:26 PM   #6
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Duva came across as a motivator first and foremost, with George Benton being the main man for strategy. McCallum, Holyfield, Whitaker, among others done very well with these guys in their corner.
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I have seen this 'trainer' in the corner of many different fighters over the years: Taylor, Bramble, Golota, Holyfield, Biggs....etc & i must say... He seems like a huge dumbass. He constantly screams advice in the ears of his fighters without giving any truly valuable strategy. He always used to bitch and complain to referees @ nauseum. From what i have seen he is pretty much a dumbass trainer who was lucky enough to have almost all of the 1984 olympians & several other boxing stars. It should also be noted that he cost Meldrick Taylor the Chavez fight in 1990 by giving him horrible advice before the final round and then diving unto the ring apron (thus distracted Taylor from responding to Steele's count)... Thoughts, Opinions on Lou....
I don tthink he belongs with the Arcels,Futches,Bimsteins,Goldmans etc,he is too hot headed in a corner for me,too much grandstanding,I like a calm ,collected corner,with one man doing the talking.
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"Yer boxin' BEE-YOU-TIFUL, baby!"
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:33 PM   #9
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I have always thought of Duva as a big goober.
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:55 PM   #10
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You should have seen when Roger Mayweather popped him in the face after the Pazienza bout
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You should have seen when Roger Mayweather popped him in the face after the Pazienza bout


.............I did! The only thing Mayweather ever did that I would applaud.
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:48 AM   #12
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Duva just always seemed like a 'boob' in the corner.... he always had alot to yelll , but never much advice to give.
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Old 08-28-2007, 03:27 AM   #13
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Well, he was there for some reason...besides, you gotta love his dedication to and love for boxing.
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:18 AM   #14
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An interesting a-side is that he trained Riddick Bowe for a spell, a couple of years prior to him turning pro.

Apparently he give him a number of chances before losing patience and was quoted as saying: "This guy lacks fighting heart, when the going gets tough he won't be there" - Futch then took Bowe under his wings and the rest is history. Those fights against Holyfield sure were wars.

Duva sure was passionate about his boxing, however given his hotheaded personality he could be a timebomb waiting to happen- bellowing out instructions with little cohesion. Especially at the point of a bout when a quiet word in the ear of your fighter might the best approach to take.
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Old 08-28-2007, 04:56 PM   #15
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An interesting a-side is that he trained Riddick Bowe for a spell, a couple of years prior to him turning pro.

Apparently he give him a number of chances before losing patience and was quoted as saying: "This guy lacks fighting heart, when the going gets tough he won't be there" - Futch then took Bowe under his wings and the rest is history. Those fights against Holyfield sure were wars.

Duva sure was passionate about his boxing, however given his hotheaded personality he could be a timebomb waiting to happen- bellowing out instructions with little cohesion. Especially at the point of a bout when a quiet word in the ear of your fighter might the best approach to take.
If what you say is true, then Duva was correct.
It turns out that Eddie Futch left Bowe, because Bowe was a problem who did'nt listen and took what should have been serious sessions in training for granted.

Eddie Futch, dumped Riddick Bowe!!!
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