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November 20, 2014
November 20, 2014
Roy Jones 2

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A QUIRK of fate installed Roy Jones as Jessie Vargas’ new trainer. “God blessed me to see this dude fight about three times. Each time I watched him I would get stuck watching him by mistake. I wasn’t trying to watch him fight,” Jones said. “After the third time I saw him I said, ‘What the hell I’m going to teach Jessie to throw a hook.’ Because I want Jessie to start knocking some of these dudes out. Because he’s squeaking by every time I see him. I said, ‘Look, I love what you’re doing you’ve got to have a hell of a heart because you’ve already got your way to a world championship but I want to help you do better. I want to see some improvement.’ I wasn’t going to sugar coat it because that’s not what I do. I tell the truth to you. I said let me at least teach you how to hook, then you can go back. “

“I offered Tim Bradley the same thing. I said you’ve got no power, son. Come let me show you,” Jones added.

Vargas’ relationship with Jones developed from there. Roy has trained him for eight weeks ahead of Jessie’s WBA light-welterweight title defence against Antonio DeMarco on Sunday (November 23) on the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri undercard.

“My confidence is just like his, it’s so high. It would have to take an act of god to defeat him right now. Because his confidence is so high, his skill level is so up, his mind so right… Today watching him work I said now you look like a real fighter. And it’s the truth,” Jones said. “I’m so happy and so thrilled with the way that he’s received everything I taught him. Respect is not given, it’s earned. I did a lot of things in the ring to earn respect. But a lot of people thought that I performed off my natural talent. They didn’t know what exists up here really exists because they never talked to me.”


Vargas insists Jones’ influence will be apparent in the fight. “We invest a lot of time in the gym. Even when we’re not training sometimes, just conversing with Roy gives me so much, just getting information, how he looks at the game. We don’t even necessarily have to hit the bag but we’re just talking about the game, we could be talking about other fighters, say Bernard Hopkins, say ‘Triple G’ [Gennady Golovkin] and he’s telling me things and why and what makes them so good and what their weaknesses are, just off that I’m getting more information. I’m like a computer absorbing all this information,” Jessie said.

“This fight is going to be different. It’s going to be different because the event is so much larger, the attention that they’re giving me is so much more and I’m looking forward to it. I invested so much time, I invested all my energy into this training camp and I have a great team behind me.

“Roy Jones Jnr is a very intelligent individual. He knows how to explain things in detail. Him being a fighter himself. He won’t only explain it but he’ll show you. He’ll do the exact same thing he shows you to. Him being a teacher and was student, and still is a student too, he knows how to perfectly explain everything, detail on detail, and that’s make everything easier. Not only that but the way he looks at the game. The way he looks at the game is very different. He’s two or three steps ahead of his own opponent and that’s what I’m doing now.

“You’re going to see a difference.”

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ON Wednesday (November 19) Chris Algieri conducted his last training session before he fights Manny Pacquiao on Sunday in Macau. He completed an intense work out but looked sharp, focused and displayed quality technique.

Watch Algieri shadowboxing here and here.

Click here to watch him practise body shots on the body belt with Keith Trimble.

Here Algieri works fast combinations and click here to see more work in the ring with trainer Tim Lane.

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November 19, 2014
November 19, 2014
Manny Pacquiao

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VICTOR POSTOL, Mike Jones and Jose Ramirez have all provided Manny Pacquiao with crucial sparring ahead of his WBO welterweight title defence against Chris Algieri on Sunday (November 23).

“They’re very good sparring mates and we did a lot in training for this fight,” Pacquiao declared at Wednesday’s press conference. “You are part of this fight. You helped me a lot. So thank you for being part of this fight.

“I believe that it’s going be an exciting fight on Sunday. All I can say is it’s all set. We did our best training. My team are very happy with this training camp and also very happy because we remember and we see the battles of the old days, when I was young, and the speed and power and determination, the aggression is there, it’s back so I’m very excited for Sunday for this fight.”


“Manny is in great shape,” his trainer Freddie Roach confirmed, before he turned directly to Pacquiao to simply say, “You are the best.”

In case Pacquiao was in need of any further positive reinforcement, promoter Bob Arum was effusive in his praise. “I’ve promoted some great, great fighters in the past, like Muhammad Ali, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, George Foreman. But it’s never been anything like promoting Manny Pacquiao. Because he is a young man that put a face to a people,” Arum said. “That’s something really special, because Manny Pacquiao represents the best of what it means to be a human being. I don’t have to go on about his charity work, what a heart he has but he is something special.”

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November 19, 2014
November 19, 2014
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MANNY PACQUIAO fights Chris Algieri on Sunday November 23 (Macau time) and on Wednesday afternoon the WBO welterweight champion put in a long training session at the gym Top Rank have set up in the bowels of  the Venetian hotel.

Watch Pacquiao finishing on the pads with Freddie Roach here.

Watch him loosening up in the ring here, practising his footwork.

Here he works the speedball.

And before an ab circuit to round off his session, Pacquiao skips here.

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November 18, 2014
November 18, 2014
Algieri Pacquiao

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CHRIS ALGIERI may have started out a kickboxer but he now finds himself days away from competing at boxing’s highest level, taking on Manny Pacquiao in Macau on Saturday (November 22).

Victory over Ruslan Provodnikov in June won Algieri this shot at the big time. “When Bob Arum says something, it’s a big deal,” he told Boxing News. “There were mutterings of [Pacquiao] immediately after the fight at the post-fight press conference and it was a good fight to make. It’s an interesting match-up. When the talks started more and more, I had a pretty good feeling I was going to get it.”

It’s long journey to go from kickboxing to becoming a top class prizefighter. “Boxing’s a much faster sport. There are a lot more combinations to be thrown, kicks take longer to do so you can throw more punch techniques in the time it takes to throw a kick. Plus the talent pool is just so much greater, there are so many more boxers than kickboxers. Plus there are guys who live this. Kickboxing doesn’t really pay the bills so these guys, who are fighting for millions of dollars, they can put more of their life into it. Not to say that kickboxers aren’t dedicated but it’s just a different lifestyle that a boxer can utilize for training,” the New Yorker said.

Algieri takes a scientific approach to his preparation. “I’m a nutritionist and chef. I cook all my own food and I am involved every step of the way when it comes to the structure and scheduling of our training. We sit down together as a team and we go through what the processes are going to be, what we’re going to be working on, how the strength and conditioning is going to change over camp. I monitor my own weight. In terms of making weight that’s entirely up to me. But there’s communication always with myself and my coaches,” he said. “I think our advantage consists in the team, from the team communication and the unity that we share.”

Before travelling to Macau he based himself at the Venetian in Las Vegas, a city where he regularly trains. “I’ve had my last three camps here, this is my fifth camp in total that I’ve done in Las Vegas. My trainer Tim Lane actually lives in Las Vegas. I have a trainer, Keith Trimble who’s in New York but I come out here for Tim but also there’s so many more boxers out here. California’s not far, so we can always get guys coming from there. I’m fighting in a hotel, I’m fighting in the Venetian Macau, I’m living in the Venetian Las Vegas. They’re nearly identical so it’s good for me to get comfortable,” Chris said.

Algieri believes his style will pose Pacquiao problems. “I’m not big on comparing and contrasting with other fighters because this is a rhythmn sport,” he notes. “It’s the rhythm that matters. A guy like Antonio Margarito, who’s similar to my height, he’s not a rhythmic fighter. He’s not a jabber. He doesn’t move. He doesn’t utilize head movement. He comes forward, he covers up and throws big punches. Trying to compare myself with him, it doesn’t even make sense. So I’m not one to really study and look at other fighters because those fighters aren’t me… My boxing style in general utilizes my height as part of my style. It’s nothing new there. It’s not like I really, really have to work on that part of my game because that’s just part of my game in general.

“People make lot of comments about the height, that’s just because it’s so obvious, I’m so much taller. That’s not going to be the deciding factor in this fight. The deciding factor’s going to be my mental approach and my mental preparedness going into the fight.

“I’m giving him a different look. He hasn’t fought a young, hungry, undefeated champion with the skills and athleticism that I bring to the table. I really see a lot of similarities between the young Pacquiao and myself right now. I’m on the way up, I’m already a world champion but I want bigger and better things. He was there 15 years ago. That’s just the nature of the sport and that’s just the nature of the world, it’s the cycle of life.”

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October 30, 2014
October 30, 2014

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Trains James DeGale and others TO be honest, I think there should be only one man speaking in the corner, I learnt that from being a fighter myself. You’re with your coach every day, so anything you relay to the boxer, he’ll understand you better than a strange voice. Anyone who has anything to say to my fighter has to go through me, and if I agree with it I’ll pass it on; listening to two-three voices gets confusing.Also, a fighter only remembers the last thing you tell them so you can’t tell them 20 things. The first 30 seconds of the interval, they are focusing on getting their breath back and getting their heartrate under control down, so you have to calm him. There’s no point providing lots of technical information at that stage.

After the 30 seconds have elapsed and he’s calm, then you can relay the things you have been working on week after week in the gym. That information has got to be clear and just one or two things because he won’t be able to absorb anymore.



Coaches Liam Williams, Enzo Maccarinelli and more THE corner work between rounds can be vital, the difference between winning and losing. If the fight is comfortable, there’s not a great deal of impact but in a fight that’s to-ing and fro-ing, it can be crucial. When Enzo [Maccarinelli] fought Ovill [McKenzie] in Cardiff, a lot of people said his corner shaped the fight. Now, I’m not sure about that but it is an example of when a fighter needs a strong voice in the corner. Enzo needed to be more aggressive because he was in his shell a little bit, he’d got caught and my job was to convince him he had nothing to fear. He eventually got the job done in the 11th round. It’s important not to talk for the whole interval, you probably only get 45-50 seconds when you take into account them sitting down and standing up, but it’s vital not to speak for all that time. Let them breathe, take water onboard and pinpoint onetwo things they need to do. It’s paramount you don’t overload him with information and there should be only one voice in the corner.



Works with Curtis Woodhouse among others HOW you are in the corner depends on how well the round has gone obviously, but the main thing regardless is to remain cool and calm. You have to assure the fighter everything is under control, because he has enough to worry about already with the other guy trying to take his head off, without the corner panicking. The best part about the corner is that you can see things going on that sometimes your fighter doesn’t see. So when they get back to me and sit down, you have to make sure they’re comfortable, are breathing properly and then give them the advice. If it is all going to plan, assure them as they might think differently and tell them to go again. But, if it’s the other way around, that’s when you earn your money, because that is the most important minute in there. You have to always be honest in the corner and tell them how it is. As the trainer, you can’t just rely on one game plan, because if that collapses, you can’t adapt and the fighter loses his confidence. You have to be capable of having plan A,then plan B, and, if you have to, go to plan C.



Trains Andy Lee and others HOW you are in the corner can change drastically with every fight. When the fighter comes back to me, I always give him time, as it takes him 10 seconds to get back and sit down, make sure he’s comfortable, before relaying one or two instructions. This is your chance as a trainer to slow him down and keep him settled, while making sure he is receptive to the instructions that I am giving him. You have to be realistic in there to the fighter and tell them how you see the fight. If the fight is close going into the later rounds, tell them to be decisive, but remember the fundamental rule of ‘hit and not get hit yourself.’ Your fighter must have complete faith and the utmost respect for you, so if things aren’t going to plan, they trust you to tell them how to change it around in there. You should never have to convince your fighter to do anything, because they should believe everything you’re telling them. I never stand up in the corner, which goes back to when I was an amateur boxer. I hated the trainer standing over me, crowding me and giving me instructions.

*For training information and workouts from some of the biggest names in combat sport don’t miss the Fighting Fit: Train like the Stars special*

October 24, 2014
October 24, 2014
Stuey Hall

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STUEY HALL, already a powerful bantamweight, has linked up with strength and conditioning coach Des Witter to refresh that side of his game ahead of his bid to reclaim the IBF world title. Here Des details a circuit that Stuey has been using, which you can include in your training regime:

Warm up (run or row etc.)

  1. 4 x 15 metres dragging resistance band held by trainer
  2. 15 x front kettlebell squat
  3. 15 x squat jumps on TRX
  4. 15x single arm kettlebell swings (on each arm)
  5. 15 x Press up on floor, exploding on to low box (the Reebok step for example)
  6. 15 x Bent over row with two chains (used for stability, each weighs about 20kgs)
  7. 15 x Overhead floor slam with med ball, straight into a burpee (pick balll up on the way back up and repeat)
  8. 200 metre row (all out, fast as you can)
  9. Grappler 30 seconds normal pace, last 30 seconds all out
  10. High knees running forward then back on a crash mat (a thick, soft mat)
  11. 15x double handed kettlebell swings
  12. 4 x 15 metres pushing sledge (not sprinting, weighted for conditioning strength in the legs_


Des explains, “These workouts are between 40 and 45 minutes. He has 10 to 15 minutes on core [work], which is various different planks, from the floor, multi legs holds, then up on to a swiss ball.

“We do a core section then he finishes with a cool down, stretching and he’s out of here.”

In a typical week Hall fits in one of these strength and conditioning circuits within his regular boxing training routine and also does an interval session. For that session he might have two treadmills running, one flat, one of them on an incline. “He does a minute of sprints on one and changes over on to the other one and we’ll do that for 12 rounds. It’s like a high intensity training day,” Des said. “He might be running at 19k on the one, at an incline of 1% and the other one he’s running at 10 on a 7% incline, a minute on each. He jumps off one, in 10 seconds he’s basically on the other, 10 seconds he’s back on the other one and we do that for 12 rounds so it’s about 25, 30 minutes and he can finish with skipping or some rowing or he might go out and do a run outside.”

For training information and workouts from some of the biggest names in combat sport don’t miss the Fighting Fit: Train like the Stars special