A big part of Lesnar’s past two camps has been Peter Welch, a South Boston-based boxing trainer. Welch has helped round out Lesnar’s skills, complementing his wrestling ability.
“I never learned just the basics in boxing,” Lesnar said. “I wanted to go get a grassroots boxing coach to get my feet underneath me, to try to combine my wrestling positions and mold into a boxing stance, and just lower myself and learn to punch from my feet to my hands. And so he’s been a huge help - just being able to understand the fundamentals of punching.”
Lesnar will have his hands full with the undefeated Velasquez, who has won seven of his eight fights via knockout or TKO. But Lesnar isn’t putting any added pressure on himself.
“I’m doing what I love to do,” Lesnar said. “We’ve got a great fight coming up on Oct. 23. There’s a lot of story behind it. You’ve got a young lad whose family moved here from Mexico, and this guy wants to make a name for himself. And here I am. There’s a lot of roadblocks being the heavyweight champion, and people are trying to stand in front of my title reign. Come Oct. 23, the best man will have his hand raised.”
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