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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Training Camp With Jr Welterweight Cleotis 'Mookie' Pendarvis

     IBF #7 Cleotis ‘Mookie’ Pendarvis will fight in an IBF Jr Welterweight (light welterweight) elimanator against #3 Dierry ‘Dougy Style’ Jean on May 10 in Miami, Oklahoma. An event that will be televised on Showtime.
     In preparation for this fight Mookie's team has set up training camp in Big Bear CA. I was invited and went up for a 24 hour period, essentially to document a day in the life of this boxer's training. At an elevation of over 7000 feet, and the only distraction (this time of year) being nature itself Big Bear offers an ideal environment to develop stamina, discipline and strength. Surrounded by his team ranging from a nutritionist to his coach and trainers, Mookie and his manager Warren Wilkerson have spent the last 6+ weeks preparing for this fight.
     The day that I had gone up was an off day for sparing, Mookie lately had been sparing with future Hall of Famer ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley who himself is preparing for an upcoming fight. It however was a full day of training nonetheless. 

Mookie starts his daily routine off with a 7+ mile run, down the rural roads,

and through the town of Big Bear Lake.

He finishes the run off with an all out sprint.

With the morning session complete, the team heads back to base camp. Here Warren and the team lay out the day's activities.

Base camp has motivational posters on the walls through out.

Christine the nutritionist prepares juices and snacks,

while Mookie chills by watching fight videos on his iPad.

Warren on the phone, this time with their publicist Rachel Charles (Pitch Ink PR) 
back in Los Angeles.

The afternoon session is drawing close.

At The Summit Boxing Gym, Mookie is wrapped and ready to go!

Todays session starts with 8 rounds of 'shadow boxing',

Then onto the bags, first the heavy bags,

then the double ended bag.

The gloves come off and it is time for the speed bag.

After a 2 hour session Mookie relaxes.

Now for my benefit, time to show off the new uniforms. Front,

and back! 

Mookie's team from left to right. Head trainer Jamal Abdullah, fitness trainer 
Anthony Skalberg, Mookie, Head Coach Charles 'Chuck' Washington, and manager Warren Wilkerson.

And last but not least, the sponsor Pit Bull Energy Drinks.

As always all images and text are copyright Peter Politanoff and cannot be reproduced without expressed consent. All however are quite welcome to link to this site.

Special thanks to 'Team Mookie', Warren Wilkerson, Rachel Charles, Abel Sanchez and The Summit Boxing Gym.

All action and training shots were made using the following: Canon 1DX, Canon 5D mkIII, 
Canon 1D mkIII, Canon 24-105 f/4 L lens, Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L lens, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L IS lens, Canon 100-400 L IS lens. Canon 600 EX_RT Flash.

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