Written by Greg Rebello – Photo by Ian Barnard
Like I alluded to last week, I don’t stop training when I don’t have a fight signed — I’m always in shape and trying to improve, because you never know when the next opportunity will land in your lap.
That being said, Fight Camp is a little different.
Now that we’re about three weeks out from CES MMA 33, where I fight Keith Bell on March 11 at Twin River Casino on AXS TV, most of the hard work and heavy lifting is done. I’m starting to wind down the hard sparring, with the focus now mostly being on staying healthy and staying sharp.
Like I’ve said in the past, I train at the best gyms and have the best people around me. There are too many people to thank for their contributions to my career.
But one guy I’d like to write a bit about this week is my boxing coach, “Diamond” Dave Keefe, who is doing a lot of one-on-one work with me as sparring winds down.
My record with Dave speaks for itself — seven wins in nine fights — but there’s more to it than that.
I was more of a Muay Thai guy coming from Sityodtong. I had good footwork, but i liked to move around a lot and I wasn’t super confident face-to-face. Since I’ve started training with Dave, I’m way more comfortable in the pocket, delivering hard shots.
Dave has trained guys at the Olympic level and he’s more of a defensive boxing coach – his boxers stay in the pocket and work from there. That’s why I brought him on board — I knew that I had to work on staying in the pocket and working on my defense and power.
I’ve finished more guys by knockout with Dave than during my entire career before linking up with him, and I’m going to be looking for another knockout against Keith when we fight March 11.
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