Boxing trainers are usually interesting people, which is true in the case of Jay Deas, Deontay Wilder’s head trainer.
I first met Jay and Deontay in December of 2014 as they were getting prepared for Bermane Stiverne. I was on assignment for Boxing News Magazine, and I traveled down to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to observe their training camp. I was impressed with Deontay’s punching power, which is superhuman, but I was also impressed with Jay Deas as a trainer and person.
Team Wilder and all the members of the Skyy Boxing Gym are true class acts. They have a spartan, old school approach to boxing which is founded on a combination of grit and determination. Jay Deas has put together an impressive training staff including co-trainer Mark Breland, Russ Anber, and Cuz Hill. There are a number of famed gyms like the Wild Card Boxing Club, Kronk Gym, and Gleason’s Gym, but the Skyy Boxing Gym is a diamond in the rough. It shouldn’t be overlooked. Don’t be surprised if they produce some more homegrown superstars in the near future.
I recently talked to Jay and we had a nice conversation covering the start of Skyy Boxing and how he began to work with Deontay Wilder. You can read the piece that I wrote for Boxing News about Jay and Deontay here: http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/the-secret-of-deontay-wilders-success/
Tune in to Showtime tomorrow at 9PM (CT) to see Deontay Wilder defend his title against Artur Szpilka.