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Old 09-01-2010, 09:49 AM   #1
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This is a thread to discuss the Russian nationals, which are about to start in St Petersburg on 16 September.

Interesting bit of news from national Head Coach Nikolai Khromov is that Beterbiev has switched weight classes with Mekhontsev. Mekhontsev will now move down to 81kg, while Beterbiev will move up to 91kg.

Khromov notes that this is not an experiment, but a strategy worked out by the coaches of both boxers, with a view to the 2012 olympics.
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:08 AM   #2
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This is a thread to discuss the Russian nationals, which are about to start in St Petersburg on 16 September.

Interesting bit of news from national Head Coach Nikolai Khromov is that Beterbiev has switched weight classes with Mekhontsev. Mekhontsev will now move down to 81kg, while Beterbiev will move up to 91kg.

Khromov notes that this is not an experiment, but a strategy worked out by the coaches of both boxers, with a view to the 2012 olympics.
That's incredible. Beterbiev always looked alot stronger than his opponents at 81 so it'll be interesting what he has at 91kg. Mekhontsev looked skinny at 91 aswell imo.
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That's incredible. Beterbiev always looked alot stronger than his opponents at 81 so it'll be interesting what he has at 91kg. Mekhontsev looked skinny at 91 aswell imo.
I wonder what Mekhontsev actually weighed in at when he boxed 91... curious whether he was a low 80s guy scaling it up to fill the weight class, or a big guy who will have to cut.
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That's incredible. Beterbiev always looked alot stronger than his opponents at 81 so it'll be interesting what he has at 91kg. Mekhontsev looked skinny at 91 aswell imo.
I liked Beterbiev at 81k. He was awesome there, and would make a sure fire champion as a pro light heavy. By moving up to heavy, Beterbiev pro options seem to be cruiser.

Let's see if Kuzman can win super heavy.
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Any Romanchuk news? Has he fought at all yet? Does he plan to?
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:16 AM   #6
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Any Romanchuk news? Has he fought at all yet? Does he plan to?
Haven't heard anything, but its probably my main interest in the tournament..
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:44 PM   #7
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the sparring video is about 4 minutes. The first half he was flat footed and looked bad but the second half he got up on his toes, started pumping his jab, throwing a few combos and looked good. His sparring partners were garbage and it didn't look like a serious session but it was encouraging to see. If he is good enough to compete i wonder if he'll go to HW which has Beterbiev now or SHW with Kuzmin. Probably best off to go to SHW where they're rather weak (in spite of Kuzmin's Gold)
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Awesome stuff. He looks more like 91+ than 91kg in those pictures though, but then again, you never know as he has pretty skinny legs and a huge upper body.
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Beterbiev has all the goods. He is russias future
No doubt! Beterbiev is the best upper weight amateur in the world, and that includes Camarelle. I think Beterbiev would make a great professional light heavyweight.
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I have been saying that the best lightheavyweight in the world has been boxing as an amateur for the Russian Federation but I may have had the wrong Russian boxer. LOL!
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Unless Beterbiev is having trouble making the 81 kg limit. I think these two fighters switching weight classes may be a classic case of "If it's not broken don't fix it"! Mekhontsev will be big and still fast for the 81 kg class and should breeze through everyone but at 91 kg Beterbiev is a less favorable match up against Oleksander Uysk of Ukraine than Mekhontsev would have been.

In fact: I would favor Uysk in a rematch with Mekhontsev and I think his speed will cause Beterbiev issues. But then again who am I to second guess the coaches of Russian Federation.
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Unless Beterbiev is having trouble making the 81 kg limit. I think these two fighters switching weight classes may be a classic case of "If it's not broken don't fix it"! Mekhontsev will be big and still fast for the 81 kg class and should breeze through everyone but at 91 kg Beterbiev is a less favorable match up against Oleksander Uysk of Ukraine than Mekhontsev would have been.

In fact: I would favor Uysk in a rematch with Mekhontsev and I think his speed will cause Beterbiev issues. But then again who am I to second guess the coaches of Russian Federation.
I had the same thought when I heard the news. And I think Mekhontsev is a bit bigger, so may be drained at 81kg. Both are world champions so the change seems odd. Then again, Khromov is a legendary coach who has forgotten more about boxing than I know! He has done these weight flips before - he moved Povetkin up to 91+ from 91, which clearly paid off and he went from a very good fighter to a great one (at least at amateur - his pro career is depressing me!)
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Seems a bit odd, but hey, I guess they know what they're doing.

I can't wait to see how it goes for them in the new weight classes. And as you say, Usyk could be a problem for Beterbiev.
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So what's been happening?
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I read that Romanchuk isn't competeing now due to a stomach problem, food poisening or something like this.
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