QUOTE (daprofessor @ Dec 26 2012, 05:28 PM)
the manfredo fight illustrated their work together best. he was jabbing and using foot and head movement. his defense had improved and was showing in that fight. he threw all of that out the window for the fight against lee and martinez. he wasn't going to outbox either of them...but some of those elements would have helped him in both fights. ariza definitely took his conditioning to the next level and he seemed much stronger and his endurance was much better under him. i believe the footwork drills were helping him tremendously.
I agree! One of his best performances (skill wise) was the Manfredo fight. Though I didnt like Manfredo's lack of confidence during his pre-fight interview, he did give it his best when the was on.
Julio totally pissed it all away in the Rubio fight (due to that DUI and almost not making weight). As for the Lee fight, he looked a bit more ripped, but still has trouble making weight. He didn't care to really box either, but maybe its because he knew that he could hammer Lee whenever he wanted to.
I like what Ariza was doing with him (as far as training, not PED allegations), but it doesn't mean much if his legs were shot to shit because of dehydration.