Tyrone Spong is a busy man. The two sport fighter is currently finalizing kickboxing training for Glory 15 Istanbul next Saturday, April 12, and was just announced as a participant in WSOF 11 this summer where he will compete in his 3rd pro MMA fight against an opponent yet to be named. But if Spong has his way, these won't be the only two professional sports he takes part in for 2014, as he told Bloody Elbow in this exclusive interview:
I am going to have my boxing debut after my MMA fight [at WSOF 11]. My coach, my boxing coach Pedro Diaz, myself, everybody is very satisfied with how things are going in my boxing training. I'm sparring with Heavyweight boxers - really good Heavyweight boxers - and everybody is very satisfied. So I'm looking forward to boxing soon.
And just how soon?
Before the end of the year.
Spong's former Blackzilians training partner Alistair Overeem has shown the possibilities for success in kickboxing and MMA at the same time, and so far, Spong has indeed found that two sport success. However, this move into three separate combat sports, all at the professional level, is one without much precedent. Does the 28 year old fighter worry that splitting his time between the three will spread him too thin?
Not really, no. It's not that hard for me. Maybe I'm just blessed, but when I see something, I copy it, and it's no problem.
Spong is working with Pedro Diaz, the boxing coach for the Blackzilians team. Diaz is a highly esteemed boxing coach who has worked with some of the sport's best including Miguel Cotto and Guillermo Rigondeaux. If Diaz is working with Spong, you can expect the King of the Ring to be serious when he steps into the boxing ring, potentially before the endof 2014.
Get more on Spong in the coming week as we lead up to Glory 15 Istanbul, Saturday, April 12.