Former Irish pro set his sights on unique UFC and boxing world title double

Former Irish pro John Hutchinson has become a name in UFC after coaching Petr Yan to victory over none other than Jose Aldo and the bantamweight world title.

However, the nomadic former paid puncher is not content with reaching the top of the MMA pile.

The Phuket, Thailand based Donegal man still has a massive gra for the sweet science and is more than open to coaching boxers as well MMA names.

Indeed, he has dreams of becoming one of the first if the not the first coach to corner world title wins in both codes.

Speaking to Hutchinson, who progressed from Russian Yan’s strike coach to main coach out in Tiger Muaythai said: “I’ve always pictured working with the highest level of fighters in big fights. I thought it would be more towards boxing fights at start of coaching, so maybe that’s next to come big boxing nights.

“At moment it seems to be UFC route I’m working towards , but in the future who knows. I would love to be involved boxing world title fight , it’s something that not many coaches have done. I don’t know if it’s done before? I don’t know if anyone has won a world title in UFC and boxing as a coach.”

Reflecting on Yan’s world title win on UFC 251 ‘The Buncrana Banger’ revealed it was a objective completed, but like a hungry top end football striker he has his sights set on more goals.

“Its a coaching goal completed,” he add.

“In saying that I really believe it’s only the start. I am still young as a coach, I’m working every day with high level and up coming guys. I’ll be working everyday for many other big nights and belts.”

Jonny Stapleton contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: