Watch Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli spar with champion kickboxer
Mario Balotelli works on his jab with Armenian-Italian kickboxer Giorgio Petrosyan
Mario Balotelli would do well to remember to keep those hands up after the Liverpool striker tried his hand at kickboxing against one of the sport’s all-time greats.
The 24-year-old appears to have a close friendship with Armenian-Italian kickboxer Giorgio Petrosyan, who is widely regarded as one of the best middleweight fighters of all time.
However, Balotelli wasn’t deterred from testing his hand-eye coordination with an impromptu sparring session on a train to Manchester on Sunday.
Balotelli wrote: “@giorgiopetrosyan we travel Like this! @ducieduce face just”
The Italy international brought Petrosyan and his long-term pal Duce Mayn along to Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Palace on Saturday evening.
Mayn wrote: “Great game!! @mb459 doing the business #London #liverpool”
Following the win, Petrosyan and Balotelli enjoyed a knees up after the former AC Milan striker contributed towards Adam Lallana’s winner at Selhurst Park.
Balotelli scored his first Premier League goal against Tottenham Hotspur after he completed a £16m move to Anfield from AC Milan last summer.