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Oleksandr Usyk VS Murat Gassiev Preview

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We reach the finale of this seasons World Boxing Super Series. We have the biggest fight in cruiserweight history happening this Saturday July 21st at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia. This is arguably the biggest boxing match of this year.  

We have Oleksandr Usyk (14-0, 11 KOs) facing Murat Gassiev (26-0-1, 19 KOs) for the inaugural Muhammad Ali Trophy, will compete for millions of dollars, and will be unifying all four major title belts (WBA, WBO, IBF, WBC).

Oleksandr Usyk

Record: (14-0, 11 KOs)

Born: 1987-01-17 / age 31

Nationality: Ukraine

Stance: Southpaw

Height: 6′ 3″   / 190cm

Reach: 78″   / 198cm

 

One of the things I noticed about Oleksandr Usyk is how his style compares similarly to Vasyl Lomachenko. This should come as no surprise as both fighters are trained under Anatoly Lomachenko who is Vasyl’s father.  Both Vasyl and Oleksandr participated in the Olympics in the past and won many gold medals.

This says a lot on how Usyk was able to dispatch his past opponents efficiently and effectively.  For a 200lbs Cruiserweight, Usyk moves very well. He is a high-pressure fighter and is not afraid to bring the fight to you.  

Usyk fights in a way where he likes to drown his opponent with his pressure. What I mean by this, He is always in front of his opponent applying pressure. Utilizing his footwork, steps out of the way when the opponent gets aggressive, but never back off too much to give his opponent any room.

He likes to make his opponent uncomfortable and throw off his rhythm. If you got a guy constantly throwing punches at you, and you’re always defending trying to find a way to counter but you’re hitting nothing but gloves, arm, or air, you will tend to get tired. Mentally you’ll also start to break down. This is what I mean by drowning. The main point is, Usyk Is a relentless fighter. He is capable of maintaining his pressure well into the late rounds. This may be a huge advantage against a fighter like Gassiev who will bring the fight to Usyk during the entire fight.  

Murat Gassiev

Record: (26-0-1, 19 KOs)

Born: 1993-10-12 / age 24

Nationality: Russia

Stance: orthodox

Height: 6′ 3½″   / 192cm

Reach: 76″   / 193cm

 

One of the things that concerns me of Gassiev for this fight, is his inexperience especially in the amateurs only having 25 amateur fights.    

However,

Gassiev have underrated power. Underrated. It should be noted that Gassiev trains under Abel Sanchez, who is the trainer of middleweight Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin.

*As a side note, we can see that both Murat Gassiev and Oleksandr Usyk have very good trainers on their side. This will play a huge factor in fight preparations and strategies comes the fight.

Getting back to Gassiev, when he last fought Yunier Dorticos, there was that left hook that knocked down Dorticos the second time but the crazy thing was, Dorticos put his hands up. He blocked that punch. But since Dorticos was gassed and soften up, Gassiev punch blew right past Dorticos guard and ended him. The point is Gassiev power is no joke and should not be taken lightly.

Gassiev also have a ton of heart. He has the ability to increase his pressure going into the late rounds. Usyk fights in that same way. Going into the late rounds of this fight, there could be fireworks set off but don’t be surprised if Murat Gassiev land a solid punch on Usyk for a flash knockdown.

My Prediction

Usyk has fought many fighters on a global level. His Amateur record is partially over 100 fights. Gassiev barely had an amateur career consisting of only about 25 fights. This means a lot.

Still, I believe this is definitely going a full 12 rounds. Like I said, Gassiev has underrated power and hits like a tank. For this fight, anything can happen. At anytime there could be a flash knockdown. These are two big fighters.

For my prediction, I have Oleksandr Usyk winning a decisive 12 rounds decision win against Gassiev.

Author: Allan Blackett
Instagram: @allan_blackett

Errol Spence Jr. vs Carlos Ocampo Preview

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We have a Welterweight(147lbs) showdown between Welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr.  who will defend his IBF world title against mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo, June 16th at the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas.

Errol "The Truth" Spence

Born: 1990-01-13 / age 28

Nationality: USA

Division: Welterweight

Stance: Southpaw

Height: 5′ 9½″   / 177cm

Reach: 72″   / 183cm

In May, he traveled to Kell Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, England, and knocked him out in the 11th round to win the 147-pound world title. Then he made his first title defense Jan. 20th in Brooklyn, New York, stopping former titlist Lamont Peterson seventh-round TKO in a brilliant technical display of domination with Barry Hunter Lamont Peterson’s trainer throwing in the towel, ending the fight.

Errol Spence is a very economical. What makes him dangerous, is just how fundamentally sound his Techniques are, and how crisp and powerful he lets off his punches. Spence has murderous body punches and can mix body to head – head to body combos with ease. He is also good at relegating distance and can handle himself on the inside if need be. Errol Spence have underrated power. From the southpaw position, His short right hook as well as his left straight can deliver serious blows.

Overall, Errol Spence Jr. dominated his previous opponents and have lots of potential to become the best in the Welterweight division.  

Carlos "Chemo" Ocampo

Born: November 9, 1995 (age 22)

Nationality: Mexico

Division: Welterweight

Stance: Orthodox

 

This will be Carlos Ocampo’s first professional fight in the United States. All previous 22 fights had been fought in Mexico. Coming into the ring where there will be more support for Errol Spence Jr. may count against Ocampo coming into this fight.  This is Ocampo’s chance to prove himself as a legitimate Welterweight if he defeats Errol Spence Jr.

His last fight was in November, where he had a stoppage victory against Dario Fermon.  Back in July 2017, the IBF ordered Carlos Ocampo to fight Konstantin Ponomarev which was a title eliminator. The winner was to be the mandatory challenger to face IBF Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. for his IBF belt. The fight was later called off as Ponomarev pulled out of the fight. IBF then allowed Ocampo to face Errol Spence Jr. for the IBF Welterweight title next.

Coming into this fight against Errol Spence Jr, Ocampo will need to use his footwork and stay on the outside. Mid range is where Errol Spence is dangerous, so Ocampo needs to utilize his jab and keep Errol Spence at bay. If he fights long-distance for most of the fight, he can control the fight and have a better chance to win.

My Prediction

I don’t see Carlos Ocampo defeating Errol Spence. I believe that Errol Spence is more talented and skilled than Carlos Ocampo.

I have Errol Spence Jr. dominating Carlos Ocampo via 5th round TKO.      

Sources

https://www.badlefthook.com/2018/5/3/17314990/spence-vs-ocampo-press-quotes

Author: Allan Blackett
Instagram: @allan_blackett

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Terrence Crawford vs Jeff Horn Preview

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June 9th we have a Welterweight (147lbs) faceoff between Jeff “The Hornet” Horn, and Terrence “Bud” Crawford. Jeff Horn will make his second defence of the 147lbs WBO Welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, while Terrence Crawford will be moving up from Junior-Welterweight (140lbs) to attempt to take Jeff Horn’s belt.

Terrence Crawford

Born: 1987-09-28 / age 30

Nationality: USA

Stance: orthodox

Height: 5′ 8″   / 173cm

Reach: 70″   / 178cm

Terrence Crawford defeated Julius Indongo by 3rd round knockout last August to become the undisputed 140lbs Junior Welterweight champion of the world holding all the four major sanctioning belts. Terrence Crawford decided to vacate all his Junior Welterweight titles and move up to Welterweight to face Jeff Horn for his WBO Welterweight title.

Although many consider Terrence Crawford as #1 P4P amongst the die-hard fans, He is still not getting as much recognition for his accomplishments then he should.

Terrence Crawford is a solid boxer. Crawford’s ability to move fluidly and switch stances from orthodox to southpaw is elite.  Crawford is very smart in the ring. He has many techniques, combinations, set-ups, and variations in his arsenal. He has the ability to utilize what is needed to win his fights.

One of Crawford’s most effective skill, is his counterpunching. He will hang back and allow his opponents to lead.

Like Sun Tzu art of war: “we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near”.

Terrence Crawford’s main strength, is his high boxing IQ, possibly rival Floyd Mayweather. Crawford makes his opponent think that they have the advantage, that they have the upper hand.  However, Crawford will make them miss their punches through head movement, foot movement, or other types of defenses. Once his opponent misses, they usually find themselves off balance and exposed. Showing weakness, Crawford happily capitalize again and again until his opponent is broken down. When Terrence Crawford figures you out, he will adjust and fight much more viciously.

Jeff Horn

Born: 1988-02-04 / age 30

Nationality: Australia

Stance: orthodox

Height: 5′ 9″   / 175cm

Reach: 68″   / 173cm

Jeff Horn held the WBO Welterweight title since 2017. He last fought Manny Pacquiao and won a controversial decision. Jeff Horn shown heart from that fight although Pacquiao is past his prime.  Pacquiao still gave a beating to Jeff Horn, but Horn was able to hang in there and bang out with one of the best. We should give Jeff Horn some credit.

Another Issue with Jeff Horn is, He is prone to get cut easily. Against Manny Pacquiao he suffered bad cuts and bruises at the end of that fight. Recently When he was sparring for his fight against Terrence Crawford, he suffered a cut again. Going into this fight against Crawford, if Crawford lands a well solid punch to Jeff Horn’s face, Crawford could open up some cuts and the ref could stop the fight. So Jeff Horn will need to be careful.

Jeff will be coming into this fight a bigger man since Crawford will be moving up in weight from 140lbs to 147lbs. In terms of power, Jeff Horn may have the slight advantage but Horn will have to fight smart and don’t allow Crawford to get off his shots. He has to continuously dish out combinations that will upset Crawford’s style, but not get countered by Crawford.  

Prediction

This will be a competitive fight. In my opinion though I believe Terrence Crawford is way too smart for Jeff Horn. This will not be a slug fest or a brawl. This will be a controlled, technical bout with Crawford letting Jeff Horn throw his punches, maybe give Jeff Horn a round or two before putting him away. Also, I wouldn’t be surprise if Jeff Horn is stopped due to cuts on his face.

I have Terrence Crawford winning a 4th round knockout victory against Jeff Horn.

Side note:

Errol Spence Jr., who is the IBF Welterweight champion, could be regarded as the #1 guy in the Welterweight division. Both Errol Spence and Terrence Crawford had expressed interest in fighting each other late this year. If this fight happens, we would see a great super-fight in the welterweight division happening.

Sources

https://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/boxing-mma/jeff-horn-says-physical-punishment-worth-it-to-become-world-champ/news-story/495d1b45e2d0b850fe3aad3228bb7405

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welterweight#Professional_boxing

Author: Allan Blackett
Instagram: @allan_blackett

Vasyl Lomachencko Vs Jorge Linares Preview

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Saturday May 12th Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO) is moving up to Lightweight to face Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KO) at Madison Square Garden in New York. This will be an amazing fight. The style matchup alone will be electrifying to watch, and this fight may have the potential to be fight of the year for 2018

Jorge Linares

Age : 32

Record: 44W-4L

KO 27

Height: 5’8”

Reach: 69”

Stance: Orthodox

 

One thing for certain, Jorge Linares has tons of experience. Since losing a lightweight title shot at Staples Center in 2011, Linares,  has won 13 consecutive bouts. Even though the foes that Linares defeated were not as elite as Lomachenko, I think back to Orlando Salido vs Lomachenko in 2014. Salido used his experience (and dirty tactics) to outsmart Lomachenko for a decision win.

Linares underrated counter punching ability and speed could make things difficult for Lomachenko at times. If he uses his pressure to make lomachenko fight on his back foot (Which is extremely difficult to do against Lomachenko) he could neutralize Lomachenko footwork at times.  

Linares, 32, has won seven straight lightweight title fights and had more world title fights (13) than Lomachenko has had professional fights, and yet Linares is the underdog in this fight.

Vasyl Lomachenko

Age: 30

Record: 10W-1L

KO: 8

Height: 5’7”

Reach 65 ½”

Stance: Southpaw

 

Vasyl Lomachenko is one of the biggest and brilliant talent in boxing right now period. Even though he had his one loss against the rugged Orlando Salido 4 years ago, Lomackenko’s last 4 fights saw him make 4 fighters quit on the stool (hence the “NoMasChenko” nick name). When you think about any boxers that have the ability to break down opponents mentally, you should look no further than to Vasyl Lomachenko. Watch clips of Lomachenko past fights, and you’ll quickly see why Lomachenko is who they say he is, and not just another hype job.    

As for the fight, Linares experience in the ring may make him resilient and can perhaps enable him go the full 12 rounds against Lomachenko, but one thing is known: Linares never fought against an elite opponent like Vasyl Lomachencko.  

One of Lomachenko’s main strength is his footwork and mobility. This will play a huge role in Lomachencko gameplan because Linares will be offensive minded in this fight. Lomachenko will need his defense as Linares will attempt to crank up the pressure against Lomachenko at will.  It will be very interesting to see, after a couple of rounds from the first bell, who would be the aggressor enforcing ring generalship.

Lomachenko possesses world class defensive abilities. Combining his fleeting footwork, slick upper body movements, deadly reflexes, matrix style-reactions, as well as his ability to move around the ring so fluidly due to his incredible mobility and balance, he will make it extremely difficult for Linares to land his shots.  

One thing for certain. Lomachenko Is driven to leave a legacy in boxing.  He wants to fight the best. He has an Amateur record of 365 wins and only 1 loss (you don’t even make any money in the amateur). He’s #1 pound-for-pound boxer on most people’s pound-for-pound list. His passion for boxing is wildfire.

My prediction:

It will be a great fight However, I don’t see Linares out pacing or out-working Lomachenko. He never fought the style Lomachenko delivers. I have Lomachenko stopping Linares 9th round by

Leave your comments and let me know your thoughts and your prediction!

Author: Allan Blackett
Instagram: @allan_blackett

Anthony Joshua Vs Joseph Parker Preview

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We have an epic showdown between Heavyweights Anthony Joshua (20-0; 20KO) and Joseph Parker (24-0; 18KO). The fight will be taken place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

Anthony Joshua

Born: 1989-10-15 / age 28
Stance: orthodox
Height: 6′ 6″ / 198cm
Reach: 82″ / 208cm
Pro record: 20W(20KO) / 0L

Anthony Joshua is continuing his path towards becoming undisputed in the Heavyweight division. In this fight, If he dominates Joseph Parker, he clearly solidifies himself as the number one guy in the Heavyweight division.
Joshua only really had two people test him as a pro. The first was Dillian Whyte in 2015, where Whyte pushed Joshua to the seventh round. It was the first time Joshua got his gas tank tested. The second, was against Wladimir Klitschko last April. A true test for Joshua, he ended up rallying and stopping Klitschko in the 11th round in an amazing fashion.
For this fight against Parker, the only concern I have of AJ is his weight and how it affects his performance in the ring. Against Klitschko, he looked very good, very lean, very sharp, the best we have seen him. When he faced Carlos Takam, he looked bulky, heavy, and a bit sluggish. He will need to have good cardio against Parker if he is willing to box efficiently and effectively for potentially 12 rounds.
AJ being the taller and longer fighter, he will need to keep his distance and keep Parker at the end of his jab. AJ needs to exercise a bit of patience but still be aggressive when he needs to. By making effective use of his movements as well as his superior counter punching ability he can attain victory.

Joseph Parker

Born: 1992-01-09 / age 26
Stance: orthodox
Height: 6′ 4″ / 193cm
Reach: 76″ / 193cm
Pro record: 24W(18KO) / 0L

Everyone thinks AJ’s going to smash Parker down by the 4th/5th round.
I disagree.
Parker is going to look better than he’s ever been, in a long time.
The reason I say this, is because Parker has been hurt in his last three fights. He has been struggling through nagging injuries – in fact he had surgery on both elbows last November to correct long-standing injuries.
On top of that in the past, Parker always weighed between 240lbs to 250lbs. He was always slow and sluggish, and that’s mainly because of his health issues. Coming into this fight, he should be looking a lot better that we’d ever seen him.
Parker may have an height and reach disadvantage against AJ however, He fought several tall oppositions: Hughie Fury (6 ft 6 in), Alexander Dimitrenko (6 ft 7 in), Răzvan Cojanu (6 ft 8 in). That’s not to say any of those fighters are at the skill level of Anthony Joshua. It was very very great preparation for now Joseph Parker against AJ.

Parker needs to constantly apply pressure against AJ. As I stated earlier, Aj’s Achilles heel may be his cardio. However, Parker absolutely cannot get into a slugfest with Aj. That is a death sentence for Parker. When AJ fought Klitschko, even though Klitschko tried to bring it to AJ, AJ still have the bigger punches, and knocked down Klitschko. Parker does not have the high-power to be able to stand and trade against AJ.
This should not be too much of a concern for Parker, as he likes to move in angles, moves laterally and applies his footwork well. He utilizes his combinations and goes to the body proficiently, and he has shown to have a good chin.

My prediction:

A lot of people think this is going to be a pushover of a fight. I am not convinced myself. I think this is going to be a quality heavyweight battle.
I have Anthony Joshua winning via 12 rounds decision.
Side note: If Parker comes in weighing 245lb and over, my bet is on AJ to close this fight within 6 rounds. If Parker shows up between 235lbs to 240lbs, we have a fight here ladies and gentlemen.

Leave your comments and let me know your thoughts and your prediction!

Author: Allan Blackett
Instagram: @allan_blackett

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Vasily Lomachenko – A Great Story by ESPN

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A very interesting story told by ESPN Mark Kriegel about the life of Vasily Lomachenko just before his fight with Rigondeaux. Please read the original article below.

A father's touch: The relentless regimen of Vasiliy Lomachenko

OXNARD, Calif. -- The training of Ukrainian Vasiliy Lomachenko -- conceived, orchestrated and monitored by his father, with an assist from a psychologist trained in cognitive behaviorism -- is famously idiosyncratic. It includes street skating and juggling, handstands and tennis, which Lomachenko often plays solo, sprinting around the net to return his own lobs.

Three Tips To Increase Your Punch Power

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Three tips to increase your punch power - Boxing News

Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries' essential advice for punch power Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries' essential advice for punch power WHO doesn't want to punch hard? I think no matter whether you're a world class boxer, a mother of three or eight-year-old kid, if you were given the choice to be able to punch harder, you'd choose it, right?

A Boxers Diet

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Hello Again Friends,

We found some interesting posts on the internet about Boxers Diet. Check them out, they are quite interesting…

 

Boxers Diet - TalkBoxing

For boxers, as with any sport, a good diet is a crucial part of staying in shape and keeping up with the demands of the training regime. Boxers need to eat well in order to maintain muscle strength and energy in the ring and avoid feeling tired and sluggish part way through a fight.

The Paleo Diet: does it work for boxers? - Boxing News

Nutritionist Robert Seaborne analyses the paleo diet and whether boxers should use it Nutritionist Robert Seaborne analyses the paleo diet and whether boxers should use it THE paleo diet has recently become very popular with an increasing level of publicity surrounding them.

Different lives of Horn and Pacquiao

ON the night before he steps into the ring for the biggest boxing match in Australia's sporting history, Jeff Horn will stay in his modest $300,000 Brisbane suburban home. The old 2004 Toyota Camry will be parked out the front. It's just Horn, his wife Jo and the pet dog Lexy.

Anthony Joshua's diet: What fuels a world heavyweight champion

Anthony Joshua is a man-mountain and consumes a mountain of food - that's 4,500 to 5,000 calories a day during training - to fuel his 6ft 6in, 17st 12lb world champion frame. On Saturday the IBF heavyweight king takes on Wladimir Klitschko, hoping to add the IBO and WBA belts to his collection.