Michael Coffie Training Camp Quotes
Unbeaten heavyweight Michael Coffie gave insight into his
training camp, his past in the Marine Corps and more as he
prepares to take on hard-hitting Joey Abell in FOX PBC Fight
Night action and on FOX Deportes this Saturday, November 7
from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
"Training camp has been going really well," said Coffie. "My
head coach Josue Aguilar has been getting me ready to show
off all my skills. We're at the Orange Avenue Gym in
Orlando, Florida just making sure that we haven't left any
stone unturned. We've had to adjust some ways because of the
pandemic, but it's nothing that everyone else hasn't also
had to deal with."
A Marine Corps veteran, Coffie picked up the sport less than
five years ago after returning from overseas. After a brief
amateur career that saw him put on standout performances at
the New York Golden Gloves and Metro Championships, Coffie
has helped bridge the experience gap through sparring top
"I think my unorthodox career path has helped me," said
Coffie. "I didn't spend a lot of time in the amateurs, but I
learned a lot sparring top fighters such as Deontay Wilder,
Tomasz Adamek and Jarrell Miller. I got so many rounds in
during those sessions that it more than makes up for my
limited amateur career."
In addition, Coffie believes that the values and training
gained in the Marines has helped him both physically and
mentally in pro boxing.
"I've already learned how to deal with stress from the
Marines," said Coffie. "Boxing can present continuously
stressful situations during the fight. The Marine Corps puts
you through stressful situations during basic training and
that helps you for when the time comes that you need to
Coffie impressed in his last outing, dropping the previously
unbeaten Luis Pena multiple times before ending their fight
in the fifth round of action that was featured on FS1.
"I got to show off my punch angles and my old school
craftiness against Pena," said Coffie. "I showed that I can
fight with either hand, from any stance, low to high or high
to low, and all of that is inside of a 280-pound frame."
On Saturday night, Coffie will go up against the extremely
experienced Abell, who has faced the likes of Tyson Fury,
Tomasz Adamek, Oscar Rivas and Chris Arreola throughout his
career. Despite that, Coffie believes his performance will
leave no doubt that he can navigate any experience gap he
comes up against.
"I know that he's got a lot of experience," said Coffie.
"He's been in there with a lot of notable guys. He is a
veteran, but what I lack in experience, I make up for with
maturity and poise. You're going to see a smart fighter who
hits hard. You won't be able to tell who the more
experienced fighter is."