Michael Moorerís Report Card for JD Chapman

20.12.05 - Trainer and former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer has released the following report card following the Thursday, December 15, television debut of his fighter, undefeated heavyweight JD ďThe NaturalĒ Chapman. In going the distance for just the second time, Chapman, 19-0 (17 KOs), went twelve rounds while winning a unanimous decision over formerly undefeated Edward Gutierrez..

While the performance was disappointing to those hoping to watch Chapman score another knockout, to his handlers, gaining the experience of a long, tough fight was invaluable.

Moorer was asked for his honest opinion of the performance in six important categories and then to give his pupil an overall grade.

Jab - When you're 6í 6Ē and have an 82-inch reach, it all starts with the jab. JDís jab wasnít effective that night because he had a sinus infection the week of the fight and we didnít train for three days because of it. When youíre sick, a virus feeds off of heat, so I didnít want him to train. He was weaker that night than at any other time Iíve ever seen him. Thatís why the jab wasnít coming out, he was pushing everything and it wasnít effective at all. Grade: C-

Power Punching Ė He wasnít throwing many power shots until the eleventh and twelfth round. That also comes from the sinus infection. Iím still recovering from it too. Heís so much more powerful than what he showed Thursday night. He just couldnít get off like he wanted to because of it. Plus the guy was moving a lot, but JD knows how to sit down on his punches and corner the guy. He also knows when to drop the right hand and he wasnítí able to do it. I give his power punching a D up to rounds eleven and twelve, after that, a C. Grade C-

Stamina Ė JD went twelve rounds and his stamina was almost perfect. He controlled himself. I try to teach him mentally and physically how to control his body, not to get mad or overanxious, things like that. His stamina, I give it a B+. He wasnít up to par totally, you saw him winded in the third round, but he caught his wind in the ninth second wind. Grade B+

Defense Ė His defense wasnít how it should have been. I told him when heís inside, he should switch left and right with his head on the shoulder and things like that and he wasnít doing it. He was getting hit with some shots that werenít hurting him, but he was still getting hit. Against somebody else that could cost him. I want his head down and his chin tucked when heís coming in. Plus I think he relaxes too much on the inside. Thatís the most heís ever been hit. He would almost never get hit if he learned to do what I tell him. Grade D

Chin Ė He was taking the punches and they werenít affecting him. He was getting caught and if youíre getting caught and you can take it and come back, thatís good. If you get caught with something and you get knocked down or hurt, thatís not good. This guy might not have hit very hard, maybe he did, I wasnít in the ring with him, but itís a good sign the way JD took his shots. Grade A

Intangibles Ė I was happy with his ring generalship except he did something that he never did in the past. He was looking at me as I was talking to him during the fight. You donít take your eyes off the guy in the ring. You listen with your ears, not your eyes. Usually he hears my voice and IíII tell him what to do and he does it. You donít take your eyes off anybody and you donít get too relaxed in the ring where somebody can catch you. Thatís how Travis Simms caught that guy Garcia. They were in a clinch and he was too relaxed and Simms knocked him right out and it was over. Grade B-

Overall Performance Ė I hired an assistant today, Norman Wilson and weíre going to work on a lot of different things with JD. I think the main point is that he got in 12 tough rounds and he stayed busy and won almost every round. Not everyone is going to crumble from the big right hand, there are guys youíll have to grind it out with, and so this was a good learning experience. There were definitely things that need to be worked out in his performance, but JD is a guy with no amateur experience and 19 fights into his career, heís going 12 rounds against a guy who is undefeated and trying hard to win. Grade C

Article posted on 21.12.2005

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