I came back from Sweden last Sunday so I’ve been training in London all this week. I’ve been spending time at my usual London gyms, Keddles gym in Orpington, Bounce gym in Wimbledon and Nova Forca in Epsom.
I’ve been pushing my cardio, using the versaclimber and doing a lot of swimming and hill sprints. I’ve also been hitting the streets of London as well with my dog.
I’ve also been working a lot on muscle endurance because my fight in London will be a five-round fight as it’s the headliner. It’s not going to go five rounds though – that I can assure you – but I’ll be prepared for five rounds whatever happens.
It’s nice and refreshing to be back on home turf and to mix up training routines but above all being back in London has meant that I could spend some much-needed time with my family.
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I’ve got three daughters so I’ve been doing the school run and I’ve have taken them out for dinner a couple of times. They really miss me while I’m away so I’ve just been spending as much time as possible with them, doing the usual father-daughter things.
We keep in touch via Facetime when I’m in Sweden, but you can’t beat being face-to-face, waking up with them in the house each morning and giving them each a kiss goodbye when they leave for school. Being away from them is definitely the hardest thing about having my camp in Sweden but fighting is what keeps me going and keeps me strong.
My training team is almost an extension of my family. We go out to eat together and we have a big Whatsapp group which we use to keep relaxed and take the mickey out of each other which is great.
Dino Miringou is my striking coach and is effectively my head coach. I’ve been with him from the start and he knows every facet of my game and my personality inside out. He puts together all of my combinations and gets me to the point of being able to finish a fight.
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Ricardo da Silva is my Jui jitsu coach. He runs Nova Forca and I’ve been with him from the beginning as well. He looks after my ground game and my wrestling skills.
Andreas Michael is the head coach at All Stars gym in Sweden. He is the missing piece which has brought everything together. He’s there for every session at All Stars and he talks me through strategy and my weight cut. He’s the brains behind the Jimi Manuwa operation!
Dave van Gasse and Andy Beckinsale are my strength & conditioning coaches at Bounce. They were another missing piece of the puzzle.
They got my strength back up to where it should be and have upped my weight, upped my power and they’ve taken me to another level since I’ve been with them. Dave used to be a fighter himself, so he knows the game inside out and can pinpoint the areas I need to improve on. My ability is already there but they make sure my body gets ‘fighting ready’.
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I used to work with a nutrition coach but I look after my own diet now. I’m strict and know what I should and shouldn’t be eating but the only thing I must watch is my sugar intake, as I do have a bit of a sweet tooth!
I’m four or five weeks out from Fight Night now and these are the vital weeks in terms of preparation. These weeks are where training really counts, where it really hurts and you have to put the hard graft in.
Two weeks out from the fight is when you start to tone things down, so it’s important that I get these more intense sessions in the bank now and really reap the rewards from them come Fight Night.
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