By Michele Emrick
Jeff Mayweather has been well known for years as one of the best trainers in boxing. As a member of boxing royalty in the Mayweather family, he has worked with some of the greatest boxers in the game.
In recent years, he has also, as has been widely been publicized, started to work with MMA fighters looking to improve their boxing skills. His long term relationships with elite fighters such as Roy Nelson and King Mo is known to most, and another gifted heavyweight named Ryan Martinez has sought his full time services in recent months.
But in addition to his regulars, a growing number of fighters are descending on the Mayweather Boxing Club, specifically to get with Jeff and see if he can help improve their striking, which is typically something that MMA fighters tend to be lacking in. Even if it is just for a day, they believe that he can give them some tools that will help them get an edge the next time they step in the cage.
Previously, Mayweahter has worked with Vitor Belfort and Mike Ciesnolevicz. Danny Castillo, Jake Ellenberger and TJ Dillashaw still stop by to work with him whenever they are in Las Vegas. And this past week, several other fighters representing both Bellator and the UFC were in the gym to work with him.
Joe Warren and Saad Awad of Bellator and Scott Jorgensen of the UFC stopped by the gym as guests of King Mo and were eager to get in some work with the boxing guru. For wrestling stars like Warren and Jorgensen, the opportunity to get some lessons on the feet was greatly appreciated. With elite ground games, it is their stand up that is most likely to get them in trouble.
As is evidenced by the growing number of fighters seeking out his services, Jeff Mayweather is clearly finding a new home in the sport of MMA. With more fighters realizing how important boxing is in their sport, it only makes sense that they seek out a Mayweather to help improve.