THE GLENN RUSHTON EFFECT
By Tommy Watt October 18th 2017
In July this year, in the lead up to the now historic Jeff Horn v Manny Pacquaio fight, Horn's long-time trainer Glen Rushton came under fire from certain sections of the media for what they perceived to be wrong or misguided tactics. Those doubters were soon silenced when Horn produced a spectacular performance, nullifying the future Hall-of-Famer's offensive Arsenal and dishing out his own brand of punishment.
Fast-forward four months and Rushton is now recognised as the mastermind behind of the biggest upsets in World Boxing and is on the cusp of delivering a World Title to another of his fighters in Dennis 'the Hurricane' Hogan. Saturday night's win over Yuki Nonaka was the pair's first fight together but the difference in Hogan's performance, particularly his head movement whilst moving forwards, was a clear improvement from the Hogan of old.
Paul Keegan, long-time sponsor of Hogan and now his promoter, was in no doubt that this was the best we've ever seen from Dennis Hogan and was quick to praise 'The Glen Rushton' effect as a big factor in 'The Hurricane's progression.
"That was the best I've ever seen Dennis, to be honest.... and the things that have changed since he was working with Glenn. He wanted that knockut but that guy's only been knoocked out once and to put in persepctive , he's beaten a guy that's ranked in the WBC, the IBF and WBA, above him."
And it wasn't just the Irishman's physicality and technique that has seen improvement as Rushton once again proved himself to be an elite tactician and student of his opponents, laying out the perfect plan for his fighter - a plan that Hogan followed to the letter - and a plan that saw Hogan win all ten rounds of two fo the judges' scorecards.
All eyes will be on Rushton over the next few months as he prepares Jeff Horn for his first WBO World Title defence and he is already confident that he has a plan for Gary Corcoran - although he wasn't ready to share that plan just yet!
Another name to look out for uner Rushton is upcoming heavyweight propsect 'Big Bad' Joe Goodall, a former Commonwealth games silver medalist who is looking to secure Gold at next years games before turning pro. So it seems that Rushton effect may only be in it's infancy as the conveyor belt of talent from the Stretton Boxing Cub continues roll on.