Eddie Mustafa Muhammad with his fighter Lionell Thompson in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)
By Chris Robinson
No matter what time of the year it is, you are always sure to catch decorated trainer and former light heavyweight world champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad working with a bevy of prospects and contenders.
A throwback luminary in the boxing world, Muhammad held the WBA crown at 175 pounds in the early 80’s and has since transitioned into one of the game’s most recognized trainers, as he now works with super middleweight contenders such as J’Leon Love and Ronald Gavril, light heavyweight contender Lionell Thompson, undefeated middleweight prospect Quatavious Cash, undefeated junior middleweight Thomas Hill, as well as WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack.
Hustle Boss caught Muhammad engaging in some good-spirited trash talk with Love and Thompson inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas this past Wednesday afternoon and we were curious for his take on this upcoming Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto matchup that has swept over the gym.
“Listen, I’m just being real,” Muhammad stated. “It doesn’t matter who he fights, it’s just another win. That’s all it is.”
Thompson then jumped in with his two cents.
“Floyd is just too ahead of the game,” Thompson explained. “These guys are good but Floyd just has too much experience, he’s too much.”
Mayweather soundly defeated Manny Pacquiao, a man many said he would never face, this past May, yet he has still been labeled a cherry-picked by many in the game. I asked Muhammad particularly about the criticism Floyd has faced.
“Listen, they criticized Jesus Christ until they killed him,” Muhammad quipped.
As far as Berto’s chances come Sep. 12, as if seems the fight will likely be official soon, Muhammad doesn’t see much hope for the former welterweight titlist when asked what his best chances are of securing a victory.
“To grow another arm,” Muhammad.
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Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com