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Gonzo the Dragonborn

Thanks, you make some great points too. Campillo has fought world class opposition before and is by far the much more proven of the two, and like you say, he’s fought big punchers before and acquitted himself very well against them too, whereas we’ve never seen Kovalev in there with anyone remotely close to Campillo’s class before. Other than the KO loss against Uzelkov, a very strong argument can be made that Campillo was robbed in both of his other losses (in fact I think the general consensus is he was) and in the rematch against Murat which ended in a draw too. I haven’t seen his first fight against Murat so I can really comment on that one. Obviously there are still a lot of questions Kovalov has to answer as to whether he can cut it at the top level or not. That said, he does have a great amateur pedigree (193 wins from 215 fights), a very good trainer, and the manner in which he’s been blowing away the opposition he has faced so far has been very impressive indeed. Like I said, I’m basing my prediction more of a gut feeling than anything else and I’m fully aware Campillo is the more proven fighter and the safer pick. I fancy Kovalev to win but it’s by no means a confident pick and even if I was a gambling man I certainly wouldn’t be laying any money down on this one.

Posted November 17, 2012 7:33 pm 


campillo is tough and mentally tough he been through adversity he been knock down and came back he been hurt and came back he been through it all kovalev never have yet and kovalev cant depend on his power to much if he do then he really going to have problems he going to have to do more then that to beat campillo

Posted November 16, 2012 2:44 pm 


i agree with everything you said you make great points i just think campillo made that one mistake against cloud and he got caught after that he was beating cloud and should of won it and you right thompson aint no slouch at all but he looked he didn know what to do in there with kovalev he looked lost and got blew out campillo been in there with strong fighters and punchers before so it aint nothing that he aint use to the thing i can say could throw him off is kovalev arkward style and the angle of his punches it a big difference between campillo and thompson that not even close even know thompson is solid but who thompson fought before kovalev he wasn ready for that fight

Posted November 16, 2012 2:31 pm 


but kovalev is a big lightheavyweight with long arms he dangerous for anybody but if it a guy that can beat him it campillo i just see campillo finding a way to win in a tough hard fight

Posted November 16, 2012 1:32 pm 


campillo is a slow starter it take him awhile to get started once he figure you out then he start to let his hands go more but kovalev style is pretty arkward you dnt know where his punches coming from so it a diffcult fight for both but i juse see campillo winning it just hope the layoff dnt have a affect on him he havent fought since the cloud fight then he got injured

Posted November 16, 2012 1:07 pm 


yeah but campillo is better now since he been stopped if kovalev catch him yeah he in trouble but campillo footwork and slick style not going to make him a easy target to hit kovalev never fought anybody like campillo this the best fighter he fighting right now campillo just cant make no mistakes i dnt think campillo got a weak chin either he might not got the best chin but it aint weak either kovalev just might hurt campillo it wouldn shock me if he did but i think campillo is experince and smart enough to know how to get out that siturations if it happens

Posted November 16, 2012 1:01 pm 

Gonzo the Dragonborn

I agree with pretty much all of what you say, and I can definitely envisage a scenario where Campillo’s silky skills see him home to wining a points decision. However, even though he’s fought by far the better competition of the two and is much more experienced, I just think Kovalev is going to catch him and hurt at some point and, crucially, I also think he has the moxy and the know how to achieve what Cloud couldn’t and finish him off. It’s the classic boxer vs puncher match up and in this instance I just think the puncher hits too hard. Don’t get me wrong, I rate Campillo very highly indeed but he has been hurt and stopped by lesser punchers than Kovalev in the past and I’ve just got a feeling that Kovalev is going to be able to replicate that, even if it goes rounds and he’s behind on the scorecards. Either way, baring an early blow out, it’s going to be a good one and both of them are going to pose each other serious problems.

Posted November 16, 2012 8:55 am 

Mick the Marmalizer

Why can’t we have BHOF in the UK?

Posted November 16, 2012 6:15 am 


i think kovalev technique and timing is better then cloud this a dangerous fight for both i still pick campillo to win he experince and skilled and smart and good at adjusting to sombody style but kovalev is dangerous and he arkward i dnt think to many fighters at 175 want to face these two they the two most avoided i see this being a close fight i see campillo pulling it away tho with his classy boxing and ring generalship by decsion but kovalev going to give him a battle tho to the end

Posted November 15, 2012 9:38 pm 

Gonzo the Dragonborn

Excellent match up this. I like both guys but I think Kovalev hits too hard and is probably going to stop Campillo, whom as we all know is the true IBF champ. Campillo is an excellent boxer though and his silky boxing skills are going to cause Kovalev major problems while he’s still standing. Cloud’s a pretty decent banger and he was a whisker away from getting Campillo out of there. Kovalev seems to be very heavy handed indeed though and I think he’s going to catch and hurt Campillo at some stage of the contest and finish him off. It’s one of those fights where I don’t want either one of them to lose though.

Posted November 15, 2012 9:09 pm 

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