Coach Anthony: Combinations and Situations – The Complete Science


Coach Anthony: Combinations and Situations – The Complete Science

By Xavier Porter,

March 2, 2017

Brooklyn, N.Y. – “If you don’t know how to defend yourself then it’s basically over.” – Coach Anthony

Freddy Anthony Rodriguez, also known as Coach Anthony, is one of the best trainers in boxing today. Anthony has traveled the world, helping fighters reach success in their respective careers. As he continues to train professional fighters Anthony has embarked on a new journey. With that he discussed his passion for the fight game as well as his early beginnings to boxing.

“I competed in tournaments such as the PAL championships and competed in the Golden Gloves in West Palm Beach, Florida..I gained most of my boxing experience while training alongside world class fighters and trainers at Steve Shepherd’s gym (Kickbox-SuperFit) in West Palm Beach. He’s a 5x- world kickboxing champion. That was the headquarters for where International Boxing Hall Of Fame inductee Lou Duva brought all his fighters to begin their training camps.”

“I’ve sparred with professionals fighters such as former USBA middleweight champion Daniel Edouard (23-5, 14 KOs). I have never fought professionally but I’ve been around boxing almost all my life. I’ve competed in boxing for over ten years, on and off between the ages of sixteen to twenty eight. I have a lot of knowledge. I have a good amateur background.”

“I’ve been blessed to have trained around great fighters such as 1992 Olympian and former WBC, The Ring, welterweight champion and WBC super welterweight champion Vernon “The Viper” Forrest (41-3, 29 KOs); former IBF junior middleweight champion Kassim Ouma (29-10-1-1, 18 KOs); “The Drunken Master” Emmanuel Augustus (38-34-6, 20 KOs); and 1988 Polish Olympian and former heavyweight contender Andrew Golota (41-9, 33 KOs). I also sparred in New Jersey with 1996 Olympic bronze medalist Terrance “The Heat” Cauthen.”

Anthony has worked with top-ranked boxers as well with one the best and well known mixed-martial artists “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal (20-6, 13 KOs), former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and Rizin heavyweight Grand Prix champion. Anthony explained the difference between working with a mixed-martial artist and a boxer.

Coach Anthony working with King Mo

Coach Anthony working with King Mo

“I understand difference between boxing and mixed-martial arts much better than other trainers,” Anthony said.

Mixed-martial arts (MMA) and boxing are very different sports. There’s a difference from an instructional standpoint because there’s more kicking and grappling involved than punching.”

“In boxing you’re always open when you decide to let your hands go to throw a punch. You always have to be aware of what can come back to you in the return.”

Anthony expressed his appreciation, commitment, and dedication in working with world class professional fighters.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with world title contenders. I’ve worked in fighter’s corner with the great Jeff Mayweather. I’ve helped fighters prepare for their world title fights. Working with fighters takes a lot of time and lots of dedication.”

“I’ve worked with world class boxers such as former USBA heavyweight champion “Fast” Eddie Chambers (42-5, 23 KOs); current USBA featherweight champion “The Outlaw” Eric Hunter (21-4, 11 KOs); current USBO/IBO super middleweight champion Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (21-1, 11 KOs); and former WBO-NABO, NABF, and current UBF lightweight champion “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (27-6, 13 KOs). Lundy was the fighter that gave me an opportunity to train with a boxer who was within the professional ranks.”

Coach Anthony working with “Hammerin” Hank Lundy – photo courtesy of @bigioshotya

“I became a student of the sweet science and now I teach it. I enjoy teaching. I always knew that I would be a teacher and the opportunity came when I was able to open my own gym. I enjoy teaching fighters from the beginning level, to the intermediate level, to the top level.”

“I’m open to working with anyone. This is what I love to do. All the fighters I’ve worked with have good form and technique from the ground up. Working with a professional fighter it’s important that we establish an understanding from the beginning. If I work with someone they have to be all in.”

Although Anthony has worked with several professional fighters he is focused on sharing his boxing knowledge to a wider audience. He has expanded his brand to teach people the fundamentals of boxing.

Coach Anthony working with "The Outlaw Eric Hunter

Coach Anthony working with “The Outlaw Eric Hunter/photo courtesy of Darryl Cobb Jr. Photography

“I’ve created a YouTube channel to teach people certain boxing techniques. I own a gym and I have a good camera guy so I thought it would be best to start out with teaching people basic techniques in boxing like how to throw a jabs, a hooks, and an uppercuts. My focus for my instructional videos is to put out quality content for people who are truly invested in training. There are a lot of boxing instructional videos on YouTube that can get people hurt.”

“It has actually helped me to become a better trainer. I always knew that I would be a teacher. With this outlet I am finding more ways to teach different techniques for the viewers and future fighters. Every day I learn something different when breaking down the science of boxing. I take notes to myself and write down mementos to come back to. I’m constantly studying, trying to find ways in making my fighters better. I’ve become a student of the sweet science.”

“In boxing you have to really break things down to people. At the end of the day it’s all about defense. If you do not know how to defend yourself then it’s basically over. I keep that in mind when I’m teaching people and during my instructional videos. I enjoy teaching, not just techniques but situational techniques. This is just fun to me.”

With his YouTube channel in place, Anthony has set his sights on accomplishing another personal goal to help bring boxing to the forefront.

“I’ve been putting together a book, a fundamental bible on the science of boxing. When someone who has never boxed before gets a chance to read about the different ways to throw a jab, by creating angles, they’ll become more enlightened about self-defense and the sport itself.”

“If a fighter is experienced they’ll catch on quick; if the person is an amateur they’ll learn as they go along with the steps. I have a section in my book that discusses how to counterpunch. I’ve found through my studies that there’s over fifty ways to counterpunch your opponent.  I present scenarios where I discuss different ways and different views to counter your opponent.”

As his following and viewership grows on his YouTube channel, Anthony looks to set himself apart from other trainers and offer something different to aspiring fighters, while also increasing the amount of member at his boxing and mixed-martial arts gym.

“I would like to thank my former trainers former world champion Johnny “Bump City” Bumpus and former WBC Americas Continental champion “Dangerous” Dave Lewter for everything that they taught me.”

“I now own my own gym. It’s located in Delran, New Jersey. It’s near other cities in New Jersey such as Camden and Cherry Hill. It’s pretty much a (5-10) minute drive to Philadelphia. We have instructors and trainers on site. I work with both male and female fighters all day long. I also work with children. I’m having a lot of fun working with the kids between the ages of 10-13. They are like sponges. They soak up all the information that I teach them.”

“I’m a well-rounded trainer. I know how to get fighters in the best shape by having them eating the proper nutrition and having their strength/conditioning in place. I’m not just a guy that can stand in front of you and make you look fancy with mitt-work. People watch people train on the mitts but there’s more than that. Techniques like that have to be drilled into a fighter. It looks great as a marketing tool but at the end of the day I have more tools to teach people on how to box.”

Whether you’re looking to learn how to box, develop your mixed-martial arts skills, or simply looking to get in shape Coach Anthony is ready, able, and willing to teach you the best techniques to get you where you want to be.

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