As a Coach or Trainer one of the most satisfying moments that you can experience is when you see a member of your team getting gains from applying the skills that you’ve taught them.
It’s not enough to just be tough when you’re a boxer. Toughness will take you so far, as will determination and effort. To reach those higher levels you will need to be able to apply your boxing skills and rely on what you’ve been taught during those hours and hours of training.
And, according to Great Wyrley Boxing Club’s facebook page, the response to Shaun Cooper’s praiseworthy performance last night (which saw him notch up his seventh straight professional win in as many contests) suggests that as far as his team is concerned the Walsall born boxer is doing just that.
“Solid performance, shot selection and work rate was outstanding.” Head Coach Pete Hickenbottom commented on the facebook post before adding “Another box well ticked.” And Hickenbottom was spot on.
Despite Chris Adaway’s high energy and slippery movement, two key elements of his game and smart boxing assets that certainly kept him in the contest for its duration, he was really up against it throughout the six round bout and Cooper was in mood for giving any form of charity.
He may have been battling a slightly taller, slightly older and much more experienced pro boxer but Cooper, otherwise dubbed Scorpion, was definitely the dominant force and well worthy of the 60-55 scorecard that referee Kevin Parker consequently scribed in his favour.
It’s easy to see why Shaun Cooper is both popular and rated, and there’s clearly more to come from him. So, to quote his wise-headed Head Coach once again, ‘on to the next one fella!’