John Kavanagh will be a busy man this week. With BAMMA taking place this weekend, SBG have a huge number of fighters taking part in the event.
Of course, the SBG Ireland head coach has another fight to focus on too, and he’s now provided updates on Conor McGregor’s training plan for his upcoming boxing bout against Floyd Mayweather.
Kavanagh is one of the most famous men in MMA. His student McGregor is pretty famous also. The Dubliner, as we all know, by now is set to take part in one of the biggest fights of the year.
Ahead of this bout, Kavanagh has been discussing the differences in preparing for boxing rather than MMA.
“I get in trouble when I say this but I’m saying it’s simpler, there’s just less skills involved, as opposed to getting ready for mixed martial arts. Boxing is an element,” he told The Mac Life.
“Now obviously for boxing in MMA we don’t go into it as detailed as you do boxing for boxing’s sake but it’s still one of a myriad of skills required for MMA, so it’s simpler.”
As is well documented by now, ‘The Notorious’ is more known for his striking ability inside the octagon. 18 of McGregor’s 21 wins have come by knockout.
Many MMA fans believe that much of McGregor’s success is due to the influence of Owen Roddy. And in this instance, Kavanagh has admitted that Roddy is having much more of an influence on training.
“I’d have to right off the bat say that it’s Owen Roddy that deserves credit for putting together the game plan for this fight. I’m playing a role in it but I’ve been sitting back watching Owen.
“Owen and Conor have been with me since they were 16 or 17 coming up with plans and playing around with different martial arts and techniques and strategies and just watching the two of them bounce ideas off each other, whatever it is – 10 or 11 years later, it’s a very proud moment.”
In terms of the actual preparation for the fight, Kavanagh revealed the difference between this camp and others.
One of the key differences if the increase in sparring sessions. Luckily for fans of McGregor, it appears to be working as the coach expressed his belief that Conor has improved drastically already.
You can watch the full interview here:
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