Ever since Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather was officially confirmed last week, fans have begun to wonder who the Irishman will bring in to help him prepare to take on one of the most talented boxers of all time.
Rather surprisingly, McGregor’s striking coach Owen Roddy confirmed recently that himself, John Kavanagh and Artem Lobov will be in the UFC Champion’s corner on August 26th with no suggestion that an actual boxing specialist will be present on the night.
Although Roddy does have some boxing pedigree, he is predominantly an MMA striking coach while John Kavanagh’s background lies in Jiu-Jitsu and Lobov is, like Conor, a UFC fighter.
However, it seems that the SBG team are far from oblivious to their shortcomings and will look for some outside help as they prepare for what is undoubtedly the most highly anticipated bout of McGregor’s career.
Writing in his column on The42, John Kavanagh confirmed that several top class boxers will be joining the training camp after they head to the States in mid-July.
A lot of very experienced and respected boxers have been in touch to offer their help for this training camp, but we’re keeping our cards close to our chest for now at least.
There will be sparring with guys we’re already familiar with but we will also be bringing in some guys who I think people will be impressed with. But I’ll leave it to Conor to reveal that, should he choose to do so.
Although Kavanagh refused to name the stars that will be helping the Irishman, he did state that he believes McGregor’s MMA background will be an advantage rather than a hindrance and that he was 100% certain of a victory on August 26th.
I believe we have a number of advantages going into this fight. Often, people who are experts in a certain field will tell you that it can actually be more awkward to deal with somebody who’s not from the same field…
Mayweather has been in the boxing world for his entire career and everyone he’s faced has moved in a certain way that he’s pre-conditioned to handle. Now he’s going up against a guy who doesn’t follow any set patterns, who can deploy a variety of different styles of fighting and is not one bit intimidated…
We’re looking forward to shocking the world — again.
Check out Kavanagh’s article in full here.