For the last several years, former 2 weight-class world champion John David Jackson has been in the mix for the “trainer of the year” award, largely because of his work with multi-belt world Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. Kovalev continued his winning ways in 2015, going (2-0) and earning a #5 ranking on the Transnational Boxing Rankings prestigious pound for pound list.
Jackson has had a prolific few years and 2015 has been no different. JDJ is known for his work with Russian fighters, and a former JDJ fighter Vyascheslav Glazkov is fighting for the IBF world title this coming January 16th.
But there may be no better example of his work in 2015 than his time with Chris Algieri. Algieri rose to fame in late 2014 when he was selected as the opponent for Manny Pacquiao after winning the WBO World title at Super Lightweight against Ruslan Provodnikov. Entering the bout, Algieri and his team were confident in Algieri's technique, calling him a “master boxer” who was ready for Pacquiao. Well, Algieri was not, and his November of 2014 fight with the legendary Philippino exposed holes in Algieri's game.
Enter John David Jackson. Jackson worked to refine Algieri's game, and in May of 2015, the results showed. Algieri took on another world class opponent in Amir Khan, and in this fight he was more aggressive, upping his punch count and working more combinations into his attack. Though he came up short, Algieri was a much improved fighter. The progress continued into Algieri's next outing, when he defeated Erick Bone of Venezuela to get himself back in the win column.
His manner of teaching and passing on the craft has made a huge impact on the game of boxing in 2015 and for that John David Jackson is the 2015 Trainer of the Year.