Heavyweight Prospects

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Prospects of note in action soon:

Filip Hrgovic vs Tom Little 27th Jan (Breidis vs Usyk undercard)
Tom Schwarz vs Samir Nebo 3rd Feb
Basir Abakarov vs Denis Bakhtov 3rd Feb
Nick Webb vs TBA 3rd Feb
Albon Pervizaj vs TBA 3rd Feb
Daniel Dubois vs DL Jones 10th Feb
Evgeny Romanov vs German Skobenko 10th Feb
Hasim Rahman Jr vs TBA 10th Feb
Efe Ajagba vs TBA 10th Feb
Simon Kean vs Alexis Santos 10th Feb
Michael Polite Coffie vs Nicoy Clarke 13th Feb
Joe Joyce vs TBA 16th Feb
Marcus Carter vs TBA 23rd Feb
Niall Kennedy vs Aaron Chavers 24th Feb
Martin Bakole Ilunga vs TBA 3rd March
Cassius Chaney vs TBA 3rd March
Tony Yoka vs TBA 7th April
Umut Camkiran vs TBA 14th April
 
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Filip Hrgovic vs Tom Little

Lol that was some mortal kombat shit at the end.

A bit sloppy that performance from Hrgovic though imo. Got caught with some silly shots because his chin is too high and he doesnt do it like Wlad and raise his arms and shoulders to deflect shots.
 

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Lol that was some mortal kombat shit at the end.

A bit sloppy that performance from Hrgovic though imo. Got caught with some silly shots because his chin is too high and he doesnt do it like Wlad and raise his arms and shoulders to deflect shots.
I thought Little put up a good show - gave Hrgovic some valuable experience in there (I know he has lots of WSB experience but still think the pros is a different animal.)
 
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Filip Hrgovic vs Tom Little

Little gave a good account of himself, and like you said this is exactly the sort of testing fight that prospects need. That said, I was not impressed by Hrgovic there at all, he is still very upright, and wide open on the counter. He is a bit predictable with some of his attacks too, and looks to have solid dig as opposed to really heavy hands. Still miles better opponent than the one Dubois has up next.
 
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Also...what a pathetic stoppage. Terrible reffing, and Schwarz is going to be lucky to get as far as the EBU title.
I dunno.

He's sloppy, and his right hand technique is a bit off. (he sort of pushes it) However, he looks big and powerful, he uses his height well, has decent balance & footwork, has a fast & sneaky left hook (watch the Redzovic fight) and he has a SWEET jab.

He also throws a very interesting punch that can only be described as a "long uppercut." Really odd. It probably doesn't have a lot of power behind it, but it's hard to see coming, and keeps him at a safe distance at the same time.

And he's also aggressive as hell when he thinks he has his opponent hurt. He has that killer instinct. Pretty good stamina, too.

He definitely need to work on lead-hand punch technique, and it wouldn't hurt if he could learn to move sideways instead of always straight back, but both of those things are not that hard to achieve.

The guy's only 23 years old. I actually see potential. - If he has a good trainer and they don't push him too fast.
 
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I dunno.

He's sloppy, but he looks big and powerful, he uses his height well, and he has a SWEET jab.

I actually see potential.
But he's not really powerful...that's part of his problem. He wasn't putting a dent in Nebo, and Nebo was done in 1 round by Bekin Pergega (who?) who has 3 KO wins in 16 fights.

Let's look at the guys that have taken Schwarz the distance...

Ivica Bacurin...fair enough, he's pretty durable, but Bellew stopped him at Cruiser after dropping him 3 times. Gassiev went the distance with him, but dropped him 3 times. Whyte did him in the 6th, and 3 months after going the 8 with Schwarz he was KO'd in 2 by Takam. But...still...the guy is not stopped often.

Dennis Lewandowski...never been stopped, so fair enough, can't read anything into that.

Konstantin Airich...went the 8 with Schwarz. Aside from being done by Joshua in 3, he was done in 1 by Charr, in 5 by Rudenko and Ustinov, in 2 by Kuzmin and in 1 by Helenius. In fact, ignoring the Joshua fight (which was 11 fights back), in his last 10 fights he has won 2 and lost 8. Of the 8 he lost, 7 were by KO and the only person he went the distance with...was Schwarz.

Vaclav Pejsaw...only stopped twice, so again not a big issue, but done in 2 by Price and Kuzmin.

Tomas Mrazek...he's been KO'd 24 times, was done in 3 (after being dropped 3 times) by Whyte one month after going the 6 with Schwarz. Also done in 3 by Nick Webb, Nathan Gorman and Martin Bakole...done in 1 by Ian Lewison.

It's not damning, but the evidence just suggests that he doesn't hit very hard, and he's fought absolutely nobody after 20 fights. That said, he is young and his jab is alright...and he's big.
 

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When I first saw Schwarz (I think it was the Mezencev fight) I wasn't at all impressed but I do think he's improved considerably since then. I agree with @Cableaddict that sometimes he pushes his shots and leans in a little too. At 23 he's still only a baby in HW terms and I think these types of opponent are quite good for his development - I've been particularly impressed with how relaxed he's looked in the ring in his last couple of outings. The stoppage wasn't great though and I don't think he's ready to face anyone in the top 30 just yet - I'd stick him in with more durable journeymen and have him much more active.

 
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But he's not really powerful...that's part of his problem. He wasn't putting a dent in Nebo, and Nebo was done in 1 round by Bekin Pergega (who?) who has 3 KO wins in 16 fights.

I agree.
What I'm saying is, he appears to be a powerful guy. His lack of punching technique is keeping him from utilizing that natural power.

He certainly has a deadly left hook, but sadly he doesn't throw it very often. Again probably due to bad training.
 
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I agree.
What I'm saying is, he appears to be a powerful guy. His lack of punching technique is keeping him from utilizing that natural power.

He certainly has a deadly left hook, but sadly he doesn't throw it very often. Again probably due to bad training.
Ah okay...yeah he seems to throw a lot of arm punches. Plenty of time for him to improve to be fair, but I don't expect him to do much.
 
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Your not impressed by his balance & footwork?

I sure am.
It's decent enough, I like that he mixes up his attacks, but my issue is more than none of those attacks seem very potent. Then again, I felt like that about Tyson Fury early doors, and he turned out to be just fine. However, Schwarz doesn't have Fury's upper body movement, but for a big guy his feet are decent yeah.
 

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Stephan Shaw vs Joel Caudle (35 mins)
Oleksandr Teslenko vs Keenan Hickman (1hr 28 mins)


Stephan Shaw vs Joel Caudle (35 mins)
Oleksandr Teslenko vs Keenan Hickman (1hr 28 mins)


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I’ve seen quite a bit of Miljas. He’s a physical specimen, always comes in great shape. He has some power and puts punches together well, including some clubbing body shots. On the downside he’s VERY upright with little head movement and quite mechanical. There was actually a double knockdown in his last fight with Carman. I think Kean is the best Canadian from what I’ve seen - he faces Alexis Santos on Saturday which is on TVA Sports if you have access to that.

I’m aware of Tovar but haven’t had the chance to see him in action yet.
 
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