Trainer Bobby Benton Says Cedric Agnew Will Defeat Sergey Kovalev
Mar 21 2014 1:48 PM
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Cedric Agnew's trainer, Bobby Benton doesn't want to give anything away, but is confident that Cedric Agnew will pull the upset over Sergey Kovalev on March 29.

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Skibbz says:

Agnew biting off a whole lot more than he can chew… Last time I checked Kovalev wasn't driving cabs…

The Commish says:

Bobby Benton–as every trainer in history–will tell an interviewer that his fighter stands a chance of winning. And he does. I also have a chance of winning the lottery if I buy a ticket. Or winning the billion dollars if I pick every winning team right in the NCAA tourney. What I do expect is for Agnew to make a respectable showing. But win? Not on Saturday, he won't!

-Randy G.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;46730]Bobby Benton–as every trainer in history–will tell an interviewer that his fighter stands a chance of winning. And he does. I also have a chance of winning the lottery if I buy a ticket. Or winning the billion dollars if I pick every winning team right in the NCAA tourney. What I do expect is for Agnew to make a respectable showing. But win? Not on Saturday, he won't!

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

Hahahahaha couldn't have said it better myself.

Radam G says:

Wow! Sarcasm at its best. But Agnew may just accomplish his quest. We are dealing with a different animal for chances of winning. And there is no animal like “The theatre of the unexpected” that always get on its stalk up there in dat squared jungle. That muthasucka has upset the odds tons of time. Holla!

Skibbz says:

Theatre of the unexpected it certainly is, but the cats in there with a lion!

Radam G says:

I wish that I could find the video on Youtube where some water buffaloes kick da hebejeebeez outta a lion. Holla!

Skibbz says:

Ha.. I've seen them plenty of times RG, but the point is Kovalev the mean all powerful king of the jungle and Agnew has no bark or bite!

TingsSproledo says:

None of you folks have seen Agnew fight, so…

flackoguapo says:

Anyone know the odds for this one and if this guy Agnew could box a bit? I think Kovalev is a beast offensively, just need to see him with stiffer competition.

The Commish says:

I have seen that video, too, RG. It was a herd of Water Buffalo protecting one of its calf from some hungry lions. The way he's been looking lately, I believe Krusher Kovalev (sounds like a WWE guy!!) can take out a Water Buffalo, a Lion and Cedric Agnew, each with one punch!

-Randy G.

Carmine Cas says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;46898]I have seen that video, too, RG. It was a herd of Water Buffalo protecting one of its calf from some hungry lions. The way he's been looking lately, I believe Krusher Kovalev (sounds like a WWE guy!!) can take out a Water Buffalo, a Lion and Cedric Agnew, each with one punch!

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

Battle at Kruger is the name of that video I think.

This is a bit off topic but relatable, I love all animals, especially big cats but lions are my least favorite animal; male lions mostly. They are lazy, kill other cubs for territory, and do not even live in the jungle.

I prefer the eye of the tiger over the heart of a lion lol.

I am going to watch some Agnew fights, Kovalev is a terminator but he is also too robotic that is not good in this sport.

Skibbz says:

[QUOTE=Carmine Cas;46914]Battle at Kruger is the name of that video I think.

This is a bit off topic but relatable, I love all animals, especially big cats but lions are my least favorite animal; male lions mostly. They are lazy, kill other cubs for territory, and do not even live in the jungle.

I prefer the eye of the tiger over the heart of a lion lol.

I am going to watch some Agnew fights, Kovalev is a terminator but he is also too robotic that is not good in this sport.[/QUOTE]

There's not much on the internet showing Agnew but that's not always a bad sign, his resume however is less than impressive. His opponents have a total record of 306-447. Agnew's ko percentage is 50%, and when he's been fighting guys of the calibre (or lack of) he's fought.. it really should be higher. He's going to need to be on his toes and off the ropes, I don't see it happening. Kovalev isn't the polished product, but he's got more than enough to handle Agnew in my opinion.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;46898]I have seen that video, too, RG. It was a herd of Water Buffalo protecting one of its calf from some hungry lions. The way he's been looking lately, I believe Krusher Kovalev (sounds like a WWE guy!!) can take out a Water Buffalo, a Lion and Cedric Agnew, each with one punch!

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

Haha totally does sound like a WWE monster!

Randy,mon a totally different note, what are some of the most memorable premature reputations given to a guy who had a decent KO streak over the years? Surely there must be some that are long forgotten due to being exposed?

Today it seems just about every Soviet guy with a few KOs is labelled a killer. Now Provodnikov, with his OK but not freat KO ratio, is regarded as a dynamite uncher based on what he did to Bradley.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=Skibbz;46924]There's not much on the internet showing Agnew but that's not always a bad sign, his resume however is less than impressive. His opponents have a total record of 306-447. Agnew's ko percentage is 50%, and when he's been fighting guys of the calibre (or lack of) he's fought.. it really should be higher. He's going to need to be on his toes and off the ropes, I don't see it happening. Kovalev isn't the polished product, but he's got more than enough to handle Agnew in my opinion.[/QUOTE]

Wouldn't it be crazy if this totally overlooked guy Agnew just turns out to be a complete magician in the ring?the way he's being overlooked, he has the perfect stage to really make a name for himself.

Then again, it could also turn out to be a grim, macabre exhibition shades of a bullfight or those ancient gladiator battles where one is thrown to the lions.

We shall see.

Skibbz says:

I watched what I could but I must be honest, from all that I've seen (and it's not much) he doesn't have the goods to trouble Kovalev..

I could be proven wrong but I just don't see it. He talks a good game, but 306-447 is a big step up to facing Kovalev. Agnew will try his best to box and that's what he should do, but if he remains flat then he's gonna be writhing in misery before you know it.

On Provodnikov, is KO ratio isn't spectacular because of how he fights. He knows how to get his opponent hurt, but he is not the best finisher. He gets his opponent badly hurt, they cover and he never exploited the gaps in their defence.. He would just keep looping shots to their head.

Now with Roach, he's coming behind the jab more, moving his feet and head a lot more (although he always did that well in my opinion) and most importantly he's going to the body with that power.

It's not myth or lie that he punches like a middleweight. He is not a natural welterweight, but his power lies several divisions above where he fights. Couple that with his style and heart then you've got a fighter in there who will give anyone a run for their money. He can be outboxed, and I have no doubt that perhaps in the future against slick technicians he will lose, but boy they will take a battering. Look at what Herrera got for his troubles after the Provo fight, he had swelling all around his face like you've never seen before.

His dynamite punching power as you put it is does not come from what he gave to bradley.. that was just an exhibition of what he can do. Those that have watched him from his very first fight will tell you that none of his opponents have taken his shots well. He's been in with some bad, some good, and some great fighters but all have ended up worse for wear by the end of the night. Don't take his power for granted!!

deepwater2 says:

Kovalev by ko

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=Skibbz;47006]I watched what I could but I must be honest, from all that I've seen (and it's not much) he doesn't have the goods to trouble Kovalev..

I could be proven wrong but I just don't see it. He talks a good game, but 306-447 is a big step up to facing Kovalev. Agnew will try his best to box and that's what he should do, but if he remains flat then he's gonna be writhing in misery before you know it.

On Provodnikov, is KO ratio isn't spectacular because of how he fights. He knows how to get his opponent hurt, but he is not the best finisher. He gets his opponent badly hurt, they cover and he never exploited the gaps in their defence.. He would just keep looping shots to their head.

Now with Roach, he's coming behind the jab more, moving his feet and head a lot more (although he always did that well in my opinion) and most importantly he's going to the body with that power.

It's not myth or lie that he punches like a middleweight. He is not a natural welterweight, but his power lies several divisions above where he fights. Couple that with his style and heart then you've got a fighter in there who will give anyone a run for their money. He can be outboxed, and I have no doubt that perhaps in the future against slick technicians he will lose, but boy they will take a battering. Look at what Herrera got for his troubles after the Provo fight, he had swelling all around his face like you've never seen before.

His dynamite punching power as you put it is does not come from what he gave to bradley.. that was just an exhibition of what he can do. Those that have watched him from his very first fight will tell you that none of his opponents have taken his shots well. He's been in with some bad, some good, and some great fighters but all have ended up worse for wear by the end of the night. Don't take his power for granted!![/QUOTE]

Thanks for the breakdown!

Skibbz says:

Always a pleasure to talk about Ruslan mate, he's easily my favourite fighter currently in the biz.