Jussie Smollett ‘Attacker’
Levels Up with Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Trainer
6/2/2019 12:50 AM PDT
We’re told Abel met Nate “The Snake” Jones through a well-connected boxing family in Chicago and they recently met up at Taylor Park Gym in Chi-Town to get in the ring and train. Nate’s name carries weight in the boxing world … the former pro heavyweight joined Mayweather Promotions as a trainer a little over a year after retiring and has trained Floyd in about a dozen fights … including vs. Manny Pacquiao.
As we’ve reported … Abel showed promise after mowing down opponents at the Golden Gloves tournament … scoring first-round TKOs, unanimous decisions and, most recently, a first-round TKO in the senior novice 178-pound division to win the prestigious tourney.
Abel’s still a raw talent — he competed in a division for less experienced boxers between 21 and 35 who weigh 178 pounds or less — but there’s potential … and further proof that if the Osundairo brothers really wanted to hurt Jussie in the “attack” … it would’ve been vicious.
As you know … Abel’s lawyer says Jussie told them he wanted Abel to “attack” him, but not rough him up too badly. Since the “attack” … Abel and his bro have struggled to land acting gigs but Abel’s fortunes might have turned with Nate — a former U.S. Olympic Boxing medalist — now in his corner.
We’re told Abel’s training sesh wasn’t a one-off, ’cause they plan to continue training. It’s unclear if Nate thinks Abel’s got what it takes to turn pro … but training with a decorated trainer like Nate is a strong sign Abel’s serious about boxing.