The sport of boxing will forever be renowned for its impeccable showcasing of world class athletes. Many of whom had to overcome monumental hardships in route to achieving global acclaim. While several of these modern day gladiators are recognizable house hold names. Perhaps no boxer’s Tragedy to Triumph success story compares to former heavy weight champ and long time Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.’s trainer extraordinaire… Nate Jones. The old saying “They don’t make men like that anymore,” couldn’t apply more than to a truly one of a kind boxing visionary. Whose God gifted fighting skills, coupled with the rare ability to ingeniously teach that in which he was blessed with, explains why Nate Jones is universally regarded by the majority of boxing experts the world over as one of the top trainers.
The product of an upbringing that could have easily rivaled a block buster horror film, the Chicago born Nate Jones was raised in not just the windy city’s most notorious housing project, but arguably in all of America Cabrini Green. The backdrop for numerous highly successful movies due it’s unmatched level of urban decay served as the rearing site for a Youngman who would go on to achieve incredible feats in the sport of boxing. Growing up in an environment where gang banging, open drug dealing, break-ins, excessive violence, prostitution and murder was a daily norm provided a young Nate Jones, with a level of toughness that made his career choice of boxing a match made in heaven.
However, before realizing the fruits of his labor Nate Jone’s path to success would sadly be paved with anything but gold. Gang member, armed robbery, auto theft, consistently in and out of trouble with the law… incarcerated. You name the hustle be it legal or illegal and chances are young Nate Jones probably tried it. Headed down a path of destruction it would be boxing that would calm the beast and ultimately unleash the animal. Discovered at the tender age of eight years old by veteran boxing trainer Tom O’shea an Irish man nearly thirty-five years his senior, as well as the first Caucasian a young Nate Jones had ever come in contact with would become the man that taught him how to box.
A fixture in his life to this day “Tom O’shea” would serve as a trusted mentor and father figure to young boy who although filled with immense promise went on to lose his first eight fights. Having never lost a street fight in his life made losing in the ring a hard pill to swallow, but at the constant urging of his invaluable mentor he persevered. While enamored with boxing, being an active gang member allowed trouble to never stay far from his doorstep. Eventually incarcerated it would be during his prison sentence that Nate Jones overhauled his negative thought process and set his sights on becoming an Olympian. Relentlessly training like a mad man possessed it took only two fights in prison before word got out that nobody, and I mean nobody, wanted to tangle with the “Windy City Assassin.”
After being released from prison a strapping 6 foot 1, 240 pounds, and armed with a renewed outlook on life. Nate Jones, with the undying support of older brother and fellow Golden Gloves Champion Bryan Keith “Big Daddy” Jones, soon became the most talked about person in a city that included the king of basketball Michael Jordan and the Queen of television Oprah Winfrey. In a miraculous career thus far that spans nearly three decades, the unstoppable Nate Jones has either won or done everything the sport of boxing has to offer. From winning the city of Chicago…state of Illinois and the United States Golden Gloves, capturing back to back U.S. national Golden Glove titles, at which time he formed a life long brotherhood with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Becoming Chicago’s first heavy weight boxer to medal at the Olympics taking home the bronze medal: managed by Don king for five years, posting a professional record for twenty-one wins, one draw to only two defeats, personally mentored by both Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Roger Mayweather, to garnering the coveted NABA Heavyweight Championship of the World. Additionally, Nate Jones has played a pivotal role in helping Floyd Mayweather Jr. achieve the following: 2002 World Boxing Hall of Fame Fighter of the Year, 2005 & 2007 World Boxing Council Boxer of the year, 2007 Ring Magazine Fighter of the year, and 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014 ESPY Best Fighter Award.
Busier than ever overseeing the Nate Jones Foundation a non profit that aids at risk youth, a long with training Floyd Mayweather Jr. for what many are calling the fight of the century against Manny Pacquiao, serves as proof that you can’t talk about the profession of boxing without paying homage to the sport’s “go to” trainer… Nate Jones.