The Sampuri Muay Thai Gym athlete admits that he underwent one of his strictest camps throughout his career, and he took it a notch higher last week before flying to Bangkok on Monday.
“It just keeps getting more tiring, and [praise be to God] I’ve managed to stay injury-free throughout the last couple of weeks despite the intensity of my camp,” the 23-year-old said.
“My coaches’ advice from the very beginning was that if I wanted to take on the best, I needed to train like one of them too. Despite [the training camp] being new to me, I think I’m liking it.”
Mohammed got his training camp underway at the start of December, focusing on his boxing, speed, and combinations, something the Kedah native believes will be decisive against Liam “Hitman” Harrison inside Bangkok’s Impact Arena.
But depending on just a handful of tools was not going to give him a better chance, so he stepped up his intensity during the past week to stand a better chance against the eight-time Muay Thai World Champion.
“It was just the usual cardio sessions in the morning and Muay Thai training in the evenings. I’d spend about one hour running while practicing Muay Thai from about 7pm to 10pm daily. However, I realized that my strength was severely lacking,” he said.
“So, I spent more time at one of my close friend’s gym in the afternoon for about two to three hours, focusing on my strength and conditioning. I must say, I feel so much more complete with the tips he has given me.”
“We learn every time there’s a fight, and I’m glad I picked this up at this very point.”
Harrison’s resume is filled with a lot of tips for the young Malaysian star, and it is one he has put to good use.
Come ONE: A NEW TOMORROW this Friday, “Jordan Boy” wants to leave the ring with a significant victory in the Thai capital. Though the odds may be against him, he is ready to shine on the global stage.
Mohammed’s bout will kick-off the main card, which will be aired live on Astro SuperSport 2 and RTM Sports at 9.30pm Malaysia Time (MYT).
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