Watch Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli spar with champion kickboxer

Mario Balotelli works on his jab with Armenian-Italian kickboxer Giorgio Petrosyan

A video posted by Mario Balotelli(@mb459) on

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”

Mario Balotelli and friends Giorgio Petrosyan

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”

Mario Balotelli in action Duce Mayn

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.

Mario Balotelli and Giorgio Petrosyan enjoy night out Giorgio Petrosyan

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Balotelli scored his first Premier League goal against Tottenham Hotspur after he completed a £16m move to Anfield from AC Milan last summer.

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