Check out footage from a recent sparring session between Jose Aldo and Lindolpho Delgado below…
Just days after clips of Conor McGregor’s second sparring session with Paulie Malignaggi grabbed headlines, footage from another recent spar between an MMA fighter and a professional boxer has hit the net.
Lacking the searing heat, the intensity, the drama, the controversy and the intriguing accompanying narrative of the McGregor – Malignaggi clips, this footage of Jose Aldo’s session with Rio Olympian and undefeated professional prospect Lindolfo Delgado is unlikely to cause a media frenzy. It is, however, a more substantial video that shows several minutes of unedited action.
Aldo looks good in the ES NEWS footage, pressuring the Mexican fighter, displaying decent head-movement and solid boxing fundamentals, while also landing the occasional well-timed counter as highly-regarded coach Robert Garcia watches on.
“[He] did better than I expected,” said Garcia, himself a former IBF super-featherweight champion. “His reflexes were really good, his vision – he was seeing the punches. Obviously [Delgado] is an Olympian with a good jab, so [Aldo] has to get hit but the reflexes were there. His stance was pretty much always in a boxing stance, he wasn’t crossing his feet or anything like that. He tried and did really good.
“I don’t know if it’s from the last two weeks that we have been working together or he’s just natural also. He could be natural. I liked it.”
Delgado, who is 2-0 since debuting in the paid ranks earlier this year, also seemed impressed by the work of the South American known as ‘Scarface.’
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Aldo has spent the last couple of weeks in Oxnard, California focusing solely on boxing at Garcia’s gym. The former longtime UFC featherweight champion has talked in the past about his desire to compete in boxing but he is still tied to a contract with the UFC which will preclude him from such activity unless he receives permission from the promotion.
Whether Aldo is working with Garcia in the hope that he might receive this permission at a later date or he is just looking to hone his boxing ahead of a return to the octagon and an attempt to rebound from his June defeat to Max Holloway is unclear. Either way, time spent working with Garcia, who trains or has trained world-class fighters like Mikey Garcia, Brandon Rios, Nonito Donaire, Abner Mares and Marcos Maidana, and who has won ‘Trainer of the Year’ awards from multiple boxing media outlets in the past, will undoubtedly prove to be time well spent.