An Irish fighter currently signed to the UFC has today revealed plans of trying his hand at boxing.
Irish MMA star, Cathal Pendred, today tweeted that he plans on taking a six month hiatus from fighting in the cage to pursue a professional boxing contest.
Pendred, who lost to John Howard last Saturday night on the huge UFC 189 card, has been criticized regularly by MMA fans for having underdeveloped stand-up skills. Indeed, this most recent loss was primarily down to the Dubliner’s lack of refinement on the feet.
Pendred seemed to struggle to time his American opponent, and landed few significant power shots, but the defeat, rather than discouraging him, has obviously motivated Cathal to address this hole in his game.
It is a tangent that might pay dividends.
Another Irishman on the UFC roster, has shown in recent times how beneficial a stint in boxing can be to the mixed martial artist. Joseph Duffy, who competes on this evening’s card in Glasgow, only returned to the sport in 2014, after a three year break. During that time the Donegal man put together a 7-0 record as a professional pugilist.
Since his return, Duffy, who had previously been something of a submission specialist (you can ask Conor McGregor about his talents in that department), showed a marked improvement as a stand up fighter. This was evident in his UFC debut when he dispatched of Jake Lindsey with a beautiful body shot.
According to joe.ie, Duffy spent time sparring with some top quality professionals, such as British rivals James DeGale and George Groves.
Straight Blast Gym already have a link to the Celtic Warrior’s Boxing Gym, run by Paschal Collins, brother of the great Steve Collins, as Conor McGregor regularly spars there. Thus, Pendred shouldn’t struggle to find good coaching and sparring for this new venture.
Pendred’s move to the sweet science will have to wait until after October 24th, however, as the fighter claimed “I wouldn’t miss fighting in my hometown in front of the best fans in the world for anything!”.
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