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Tom Schwarz vs Christian Lewandowski



Shwartz looks pretty good! Not sure if Octopowski was much of a challenge, but still - Speed, aggression, good balance, decent defense.

He moves like a MW, but he's 6'5" and about 240 lbs.

What's the skinny on this guy?
 

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Shwartz looks pretty good! Not sure if Octopowski was much of a challenge, but still - Speed, aggression, good balance, decent defense.

He moves like a MW, but he's 6'5" and about 240 lbs.

What's the skinny on this guy?
Still young, he's improved a lot lately and regarded as the best young prospect in Germany - that was at least before Peter Kadiru decided to go pro.

I'm not sure how far he can go but doubt he'll able to trouble the very top guys.
 

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I had a feeling Dinu would get battered.

Yeah I thought Dinu would be in with a great shout of winning this but I got that one totally wrong. He showed he had the skill but not the will to challenge someone like Miller. I guess I should've factored in that boxing wasn't really a priority for Dinu.
 
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Yeah I thought Dinu would be in with a great shout of winning this but I got that one totally wrong. He showed he had the skill but not the will to challenge someone like Miller. I guess I should've factored in that boxing wasn't really a priority for Dinu.
He is so upright too, and had no proven pop in his shots despite the stoppage wins. You can never be sure, but he looked like someone waiting to get found out. Nice combo from Miller for the first KD.
 
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He is so upright too, and had no proven pop in his shots despite the stoppage wins. You can never be sure, but he looked like someone waiting to get found out. Nice combo from Miller for the first KD.

He looked like someone paid to take a dive, if you ask me.

And yes, I'm completely serious.
 
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He looked like someone paid to take a dive, if you ask me.

And yes, I'm completely serious.
I know you are, which is why I wonder why you bother watching the sport. You are so obsessed with the sport being full of fixes and dives...it that were my take on it, I wouldn't even bother watching it. Dinu faced the first opponent who could punch and his rigid approach got him caught with temple shots.
 
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I know you are, which is why I wonder why you bother watching the sport. You are so obsessed with the sport being full of fixes and dives...it that were my take on it, I wouldn't even bother watching it. Dinu faced the first opponent who could punch and his rigid approach got him caught with temple shots.
The sport IS full of fixes and dives. That's pretty obvious.

As for Dinu, who knows? But he looked crisp and fluid for three rounds. Then he inexplicably stopped moving.
YOU explain it.
 
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The sport IS full of fixes and dives. That's pretty obvious.

As for Dinu, who knows? But he looked crisp and fluid for three rounds. Then he inexplicably stopped moving.
YOU explain it.
My explanation is that he was taking body shots and having to constantly move like he's never had to before. He's never faced anyone who was able to walk through his shots like Miller could and he's not been ripped to the body like that either. He also got tagged with a low blow. Will that slow someone down? Absolutely. And he was still looking fluid, just not quite as much movement, when he got hit with that combo. It was a good shot downstairs, followed by an uppercut that broke open the guard and then a high hook that clipped him on the temple. Nothing looked remotely suspicious about it.

Who has Dinu faced up until then that is anything like as strong and powerful as Miller? Nobody. Dinu turned pro more than TEN years ago, and he's had a total of 19 fights. This was his first fight of 2018.

His fight before Miller was against Marcelo Nascimento, a year ago, and Nascimento was 37 and has a record of 18-17. In his 10 fights leading up to Dinu, Nasciemento's record was 1-9, and in his fight after Dinu he lost again. Dinu's only other fight in 2017 was Irakli Gvenetadze, a guy whose record currently stands at 6-12 with 10 of his losses coming by KO.

Basically, Dinu has beaten NOBODY of any note at all in the pro game, is hugely inactive for a "prospect", and came up against Miller, who is the first heavy he has faced in more than ten years as a pro who has any pedigree and can genuinely punch. He was just utterly unprepared to deal with that pressure and strength.
 
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