Re: Masternak vs Drozd This Weekend
At first I thought the stoppage came early, that it should have been a standing count, but later after seeing Masternak not even arguing the decision much, and that it would only probably have delayed the inevitable, (although who knows) that it wasn't a terrible call I suppose. I had Drozd ahead, anyways. But it is boxing.
That aside, it was an entertaining and close fight. Really did test and reveal many of Masternaks flaws. Masternak looks unnecessarily bulky to me, he doesn't need all that muscle, especially with his style. Another problem for him that I have noticed in recent fights are he does not have much power. In the past he has fought guys he should have dispatched, yet they made it to the end because he could simply not put them away. Lastly, which is a new revelation, is Masternak seemed to be stunned quite a bit throughout this fight, to me demonstrating he doesn't have the best ability to absorb punches, not all of them were bombs. He lacked punching in combinations, and relied way too much on the 1-2 which Drozd seemed to have figured out. Did a poor job of maintaining the distance between them, and let Drozd get inside, and back him up and trap him on the ropes far too many times. His defense needs work, in other words.
Drozd on the other hand clearly did his homework, found an effective way to avoid Masternaks jab, and get inside, pressure him and take him out of his zone, and then flurry him with most importantly, hard, combinations, which even if done sporadically gave him the round because they were effective. When Masternak was in his rhythm he was doing well boxing on the outside, but it was far too easy for Drozd to knock him out of it, with Masternak lacking a game plan in such a case.
Rumour has it that Sauerland wants Gmitruk gone, and is likely to use this defeat as an excuse to remove him from the team. Before the fight Gmitruk is said to have said that in case of a loss , Sauerland will likely try to use that as an excuse to get rid of him. The sparring partners for this fight were not picked or even endorsed by Gmitruk, and were top tier HWs, which according to many, including Gmitruk, were not a good choice in preparation for this fight.