Discussion in 'General Boxing Forum' started by IntentionalButt, Aug 19, 2017.
This article lays out a five step plan for Akhmedov to reach his goal of challenging the elites of the light heavyweight division (apparently, he made specific mention in the Kazakh press that he would like to catch either Ward or Kovalev while they are still around). The author proscribes that he 1. start with another Justin Thomas or two (guys with passing fair records on paper, maybe that can last a few rounds and let him refine some aspects of his game), then start 2. trouncing his peers of similar rank to distinguish himself, then look 3. upward to cannibalize some beatable known quantities with name value and higher rankings than his own (ie Yunieski Gonzalez or Tommy Karpency), thus 4. propelling him into his first big TV date (maybe with a Shabranskyy or Gvozdyk) and then 5. reach the big stage.
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Curtis Hill Jr fight
Updated the OP to add the Justin Thomas and full Curtis Hill Jr. bout videos.
Just realized that Akhmedov's height isn't listed on BoxRec for some reason. He stands 1.86 meters (6'1")
Are you the new MVC?
That s not Lucas Matthysse lol, anyways I would prefer having Matthysse as avatar than that Gervonta clown
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What a shot! (and I mean that in both senses)
Nice find IB. I'm impressed. He fights with great maturity for a 22 yr old, let's hope he lives up to that potential.
I know, right? Smooth like butter in there, granted without having needed to surmount any major obstacles with having only faced easily beatable styles (for him) and levels of class.
I'm hyped. With the customary amount of caution within reason, of course. We've all gotten burned too many times.
But yeah, can't remember the last time I was this optimistic for a light heavyweight prospect - maybe going even further back than Bivol. Maybe all the way to when Kovalev first popped up on my radar (long before most casual HBO viewers)...and honestly Akhmedov is nearing the same exact stage of his development that Kovalev was then. He is probably ready for a showcase beatdown of someone the caliber of a Roman Simakov (but obviously hopefully with competent officiating and sans tragic outcome)
Hoping to at least see Akhmedov replicate if not outpace his 2016 productivity of 5 bouts. Plenty of time in the calendar year for him to squeeze in another camp and take on another of the Curtis Hill Jr. or Justin Thomas ilk.
Trevor McCumby or whatever his name is can fight, he looks pretty solid to me. He would be a good opponent for Akhmedov but it will certainly not happen.
Justin Thomas fight in better quality here.
It's the whole card but I've timestamped the Akhmedov fight