Monday afternoon, things got a little tense as King Mo was making his final preparations in Las Vegas for his upcoming debut in Bellator next week. Mo fights in the opening round of their light heavyweight tournament in Oklahoma on Jan. 24.
Part of King Mo's training involves work in boxing. Sparring sessions take place a couple times a week. Today, as Mo got in some work, he got a little irritated as his sparring partner apparently tried to show him up at the end of their first round. Mo was operating at a different level of intensity as his opponent who was looking to take some liberties with the MMA fighter. As Mo returned to his corner for instruction after the first, he let his corner know of his frustration.
"In the first he hit Mo a little harder than Mo was prepared for. He apologized, then did it a couple more times. It pissed Mo off, so in the second, he gave it back to him," Jeff Mayweather said.
That he did. As his opponent continued to try and show him up, Mo waited for his opportunity. Then, just over a minute into the round, he countered a jab beautifully with a right counter that sent the other fighter sprawling to the canvas. After he was able to get off the canvas, he knelt for awhile along the ropes trying to regain his composure. Finally, he was able to regain his feet, returning to his corner. After a minute delay, the two finished the round, but cut short the sparring as his opponent was clearly in no shape to continue.
All seemed forgiven as the two embraced after the buzzer. King Mo had made his point. Although he may not have the experience of some of the other boxers in the Mayweather Boxing Club, he was not going to be taken advantage of. In the future, others will likely think twice before they take liberties with him.
You can see King Mo make his debut for Bellator on Spike TV on January 24 against Przemyslaw Mysiala. For more information, go to Bellator.com