Joshua Buatsi latest to link up with former Ward coach
Light Heavyweight prospect Joshua Buatsi has joined forces with a new coach, one who oversaw greatness, guided quality and is recognised by many as one of the most technically savvy coaches in the sport.
Virgil Hunter is a coach known first and foremost for overseeing the career of Andre Ward, the enigmatic superstar who many classed as pound for pound number 1 following high profile, if not slightly controversial, wins over Sergei Kovalev and masterclasses against Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham.
The truth is there's more to Virgil Hunter than a few succesful nights, as exceptional and historical as they may have been.
Many know that Amir Khan turned to Virgil Hunter to work on his defensive game. The speed and skill level of Khan was often ousted from the conversation as people drew comparison to his ability to take a punch. In all likeliness, rather than being 'a bit chinny', Amir was more likely to be guilty of over excited in fights, leaving himself open by being drawn into fights. Virgil could be the man to help Amir focus and keep discipline.
Other notable fighters to have worked with Hunter include Chazz Witherspoon - the Heavyweight who gained attention for giving undisputed cruiserweight champion and pound for pound contender Oleksandr Usyk a less than glamorous introduction to the grandest of divisions. What was supposed to be a routine win to announce Usyk as a contender in the heavies was less than spectacular for Usyk. The Ukranian took the win but was made to work for it - retiring Witherspoon at the end of the 7th, though fatigue played a part. Witherspoon, who had stood in on just four days notice claimed Usyk hadn't hurt him, he was just tired.
There's Andre Berto in Hunter's stable as well. As is often the case in boxing, one fight will determine how many remember a fighter and Berto may fall to that having being beaten by Floyd Mayweather, but Berto was a two time world champion, and delivered in an all out classic with fellow Floyd foe Victor Ortiz.
Demetrius Andrade, the next opponent for Liam Williams and current world champion is another of Virgil Hunter's successes. Having trained the Middleweight since 2013, 'Boo Boo' has a reputation for being one of the slickest fighters in the division, despite not having had many 'mega fights' yet.
That slick style that also famed Andre Ward, Abner Mares and others is the Hunter style, one that Buatsi will be looking to adopt.
At 27 years of age, Buatsi still has plenty of time in the game. He may not be the open minded 9 year old Andre Ward was when he linked up with Hunter, but the potential for the partnership is what will have convinced Buatsi to make the switch to the US as the division begins to stack up.