UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is staying busy during his suspension as he sharpens his boxing skills ahead of a rumored megafight at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium this summer.
In a video posted to his Instagram page, Khabib can be seen working the mitts with World Series Boxing coach Artur ‘Ali’ Piduriev at the Boxing Progress Center in Moscow as he works on his skills ahead of a possible foray into the world of boxing this summer
We’ve met to discuss his transferring to boxing,” he said.
“He will start training in boxing soon. Plus we discussed organizing of his boxing fight in Russia.
“I can’t yet reveal the name of his opponent as negotiations are still ongoing. But we want to organize his fight in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium right before the Boxing World Championship, which will also happen in Russia this year [in September].”
He also played some ping pong.
Floyd Mayweather has been mooted as a possible opponent, but according to the Russian boxing boss, he is not the only option on the table.
“It doesn’t have to be Mayweather, it could be [Manny] Pacquiao, or some other big name from boxing,” Kremlev said.
“For a fight like this, we expect to attract over 100,000 fans to the stadium. Plus I think we’ll have to make some sort of fan zones for people who won’t get to the arena. So it will be attractive for a lot of boxers.”
Nurmagomedov is currently suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission until July 6th for his part in the fracas that followed his submission victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229 in Las Vegas.