Conor McGregor’s preparation for his August 26th showdown with Floyd Mayweather, the UFC lightweight champion’s head coach is thrilled with how training camp has progressed.
Kavanagh, head coach as SBG Ireland (Conor training camp) said Conor ‘s evolution has been enjoyable to watch. With just over 6 weeks before Conor (21-3 MMA/9-1 UFC) make his professional boxing debut against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) in Las Vegas, Kavanagh thinks Conor has a fighters chance now more than ever.
The reason for this confidence is that McGregor is doing more sparring than ever, and simulation of being in the ring has done wonders for him.
“Without going into too much detail, just throw a number at you: We’re doing four times the amount of sparring for this camp than we would do for a regular MMA camp”- Kavanagh.
“So you can be doing movement drills and weight-lifting and running and all this different things that go with it, but No. 1 should be sparring as long as it’s sensible. To be able to do four times the amount of sparring, the progress we’re seeing – after each sparring session we do video analysis – and the progress we’re seeing from one session to the next, like everything Conor does. When Conor gets his mind to something, and he’s scarily focused and to see him apply that. … I really feel we’ve come leaps and bounds in a short time, and we’re only halfway through this camp. We’ve got another cycle to go through when we get to Vegas, and I look forward to seeing another leap forward.”
The blueprint for proper preparation in boxing has been largely set due to its extensive history. Instead of joining a camp with multiple fighters, boxers build camps around their own needs. So in the case of successful MMA fighters, like Conor who have the financial means to adopt the single athlete focus like boxers. The one thing that is helpful for Kavanagh is that they have to train in only one style of fight that is boxing.
No matter how many rounds McGregor spars or how much he seemingly progresses in the gym, what he is going to experience on fight night with Mayweather will be different from anything he’s encountered. It seems during a sparring match that Conor was doing, he has injured his left hand and that is of major concern for his camp especially Kavanagh. with the Tour a week away for the main fight, there are concerns that he will not be able to Fight.