February 22, 2012 @ 4:21 pm
Quintin van Jaarsveld – The Witness
EXTREME Fighting Championship (EFC) Africa star “King” Leo Gloss conducted two boxing workshops at the Amanzimtoti-based CombatCoaching.com gym recently.
Gloss, a 12-time South African boxing champion, is one of the premier strikers in all of EFC – Africa’s biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion – and shared his technical acumen of the sweet science with Amanzimtoti’s leading professional and amateur MMA fighters.
“I’ve been to many gyms and it was a great experience to train with such a bonded and motivated group of guys,” Gloss told The Witness. “It’s a phenomenal facility. It has everything an MMA fighter and high performance athlete needs.”
Gloss conducted back-to-back workshops, the first a Boxing 101 clinic for amateur fighters and the second a MMA Boxing clinic, which focused on MMA-specific striking techniques.
“With MMA boxing, you have more variables to worry about. You have more things to prepare for like kicks, the clinch, being taken down to the ground, etc. There are more training methods available but the basics and the delivery system are the same,” explained Gloss.
The Featherweight and Lightweight ace, who holds a professional MMA record of eight wins with just two defeats, said he was impressed with the local talent and commended owner Morne Swanepoel on his training and managing of the fighters.
“I was particularly impressed with the two boys, Bradley and Dylan Swanepoel, the way they train and keep up, and Craig “Nemo” Ninow.
“Morne is doing a great job. He doesn’t just train fighters but also anyone who wants to lead a better, healthier and fitter lifestyle.”
“It was a great experience for all who attended the workshop to experience coaching in boxing from a boxing specialist like Leo,” said Swanepoel.
The young Swanepoel brothers, who are both preparing for upcoming title bouts, said, “It was a surreal experience to learn from a top EFC fighter.”
Ninow, who won the Fight Force KwaZulu-Natal Amateur Bantamweight title before turning pro in March last year, said he tried to soak up Gloss’ knowledge and was honoured by his acknowledgement.
“It was an awesome day training with Leo Gloss. He’s a very humble guy. The whole team learnt a lot from him and it was cool getting to know him,” said Ninow.
“I feel very honoured. Hearing that from someone of his experience means a lot to me. It’s very encouraging and makes me feel as though all my hard work is paying off.”
A fourth member of Team MMA Fighter, Dane “Mad Dog” de Klerk, commented, “It was awesome boxing training with one of the country’s best in “King” Leo Gloss … so much knowledge gained … great experience.”
Extreme Fighting Championship Africa star “King” Leo Gloss (front, blue shirt) with Amanzimtoti mixed martial arts fighters following the recent boxing workshops at CombatCoaching.com.