Shawn Tompkins hopes to establish himself as a premier coach in the sport of boxing as well as Mixed Martial Arts.
The Team Tompkins head is now the lead trainer for professional boxer Ramon Montano (17-8-2), and Tompkins will oversee the 28-year-old as he takes on undefeated prospect Jesse Vargas (12-0) on Dec. 11 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
"I feel like in the boxing world, the only guys that are getting trained right are the elite guys," Tompkins told MMAjunkie.com. "The rest of the guys, if you go to a boxing gym, it's a different atmosphere than an MMA gym. The only guys that get attention are either title-bound or in the top 10. The rest of the guys get pushed aside. The rest of the guys aren't getting strength and conditioning, getting sprint work, getting actual padwork and getting the right sparring partners, unless they're the Manny Pacquaios and the Floyd Mayweathers and Amir Khans.
"I have the chance, since I'm not a boxing gym and a boxing coach, to put together a real camp for him, and we're going to go out, and we're going to test the waters on Dec. 11."
"I'm not just doing this the way a boxing coach will jump in MMA for one fight. I want to be involved in boxing. I don't think one is better than the other. I believe there's room for both, and I think there's a lot of people out there that agree with me and want to see both."
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