Yeah, Hunter was seen as something of a soft touch, a name who'd fought for a world title. As soon as Bakole lost, he was dumped by promoter Barry McGuigan even though he was described by McGuigan as the 'most naturally gifted heavyweight' fighting now...It's a good fight. Would make Ilunga relevant again. I think Ilunga is arguably Hunter's best win. Dude was really touted prior to that defeat then he just went to irrelevant. I'm pretty sure they brought in Hunter to lose that fight.
He isn't. He has poor footwork, throws a lot of arm punches, is easy to hit, upright and has a decent jab and decent power. It's not special power, it's not Dubois level let alone Wilder, Tyson, Lewis sort of power.IMO, Bakole (non injured, and in good condition) is one of the top 2-3 prospects in the division right now.
He's not so easy to hit. He uses upper body movement & head slips, instead of footwork.He isn't. He has poor footwork, throws a lot of arm punches, is easy to hit, upright and has a decent jab and decent power. It's not special power, it's not Dubois level let alone Wilder, Tyson, Lewis sort of power.
His power has looked extremely good against guys who get KO'd for a living. There are only 2 KO wins on his record in which going into the fight you wouldn't expect there to be an easy KO win for a decent prospect. Those are Ali Bagouz who was unbeaten at the time (so therefore an unknown entity in terms of his chin) and Akinlade who was 8-2-1 but had gone the distance with Gorman and therefore suggested he was not going to collapse when hit.He's not so easy to hit. He uses upper body movement & head slips, instead of footwork.
And his power looks to be EXTREMELY good. Are we talking about the same guy?
I agree his footwork is nothing to get excited about, but his style doesn't really require that. He's more like a HW version of Golovkin.
But Bakole sometimes looks great, and sometimes looks iffy, so you need to watch a lot of his fights. I think maybe sometimes his head isn't in the game, hence his fluctuating weight.
It's much harder as you hit your late 30's though, and then with the added pressure of having to pretend you're 26-27...Dad bods for both. These guys aren't in great shape. Ilunga's most important fight of his career. He should be asked to be in the best shape of his life.
Martinez won in 3, far too powerful for his Phillipino opponent. Just need one of these big lumps to gas, for a nice 3/1 double.Ilunga was quite exciting for a while, but it was a bit worrying the way he unravelled aginst Hunter, who is a pretty small heavy, albeit a skillful one. I've taken the 5/4 for the fight not to go the distance in a double with 8/11 for Xavier Martinez by stoppage tonight against Moralde.