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‘Poster Boy’ puts Hammer through his paces

HAMMERS UNITED: Manuwa (left) alongside Cole (Photo Credit: West Ham United Football Club)

ONE OF Britain’s leading mixed martial artists (MMA) paid a visit to West Ham United’s training ground to teach striker Carlton Cole a few signature moves.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light-heavyweight Jimi ‘The Poster Boy’ Manuwa first showed Cole some of his stand up boxing and kickboxing combinations.

The pair then moved on to some grappling techniques with Manuwa laying down the basics, and Cole catching on quickly.

“He actually wasn’t half bad,” said Manuwa.

“I was expecting a lot worse but with a few more lessons I reckon I’ll be able to show him how to get some of my explosive power.”

The two then switched roles and Cole helped Manuwa out with his penalty shot.

Former England international Cole said: “It was fun and really interesting to do some of the techniques that Jimi uses for his sport and get to test my reflexes doing them!”

“Some of the basic and core strength work that Jimi does is not far away from what we do in that area, so it was also good to see how the two sports came together. I hope Jimi enjoyed what I showed him, he has a good strike of the ball!”

The day was wrapped up with Cole making Manuwa an honorary Hammer by presenting him with his own jersey with the number 12 signifying the number of wins Manuwa has under his belt whilst Manuwa gave Cole some UFC gloves so he could continue practising some of the techniques he had learnt.

“It’s been a privilege to come down to train with Cole,” commented Manuwa. “I’ll definitely be supporting the Hammers in their upcoming season, and I hope he’ll be able to make it to my next fight with the UFC, or even pop down to my gym to finish off his training.”

Cole added: “I am a big UFC fan, it is exciting to watch, there is always so much going on.

“Jimi has been doing really well and on behalf of us here at West Ham United, we wish him well for his next fight and hope to see him visit us again here soon.”

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