Sat, 2019-01-12 08:41
'Who do you think is closer to a title shot, and who has the higher ceiling, between him, Lopez, and Ryan Garcia?'
Definitely Haney, fought Burgos, and seems to do the 10 rounds comfortably. We talked and agreed that it seemed Lopez is ahead of Garcia, but is he ahead of Haney?, I don't think so, you?
Sat, 2019-01-12 08:46
Haney is skilled, but for my money, I’d still go with Lopez. I think Haney is a smart kid, building a promotion of his own, has a good team around him, but I think he lacks some pop and killer instinct. I feel he should have been able to get that kid out of there last night. Lopez has so much power and athleticism, he may be one of those cases where his best shot is early on, when his power and athletic ability are at their best, rather than someone who settles into their body and rests on their boxing skills as they age and mature. Head to head, I don’t think Haney could handle the pressure of Lopez.
Sat, 2019-01-12 09:06
I see why, because in terms of real power, which you are either blessed with or aren't, it seeks like Lopez has it and Haney doesn't, Menard probably wasn't as good against Lopez as he was against Haney, Lopez sparked him, made a real statement. I don't think he lacks killer instinct, I think there are fighters who fight like punchers, want to be punchers, but aren't, they just don't have that natural power.
I don't know, I didn't expect him to stop him, Ndongeni came to fight, was tough, but if Haney was a puncher, he would have probably stopped him still, Tyson Fury, Tevin Farmer, Billy Joe Saunders, even Vasyl Lomachencko, not got top level power, and look at what they've achieved, so you can go a long way in boxing without a lot of power, and 3 things which make Haney's lack of power less of an issue, are aggression, body work, and output, he isn't another Willie Monore, who lacks power and output.
Lopez's power and athletic ability are only going to get better, late twenties is the best fitness age, and for power, you mature, so I think for sure, so Lopez's power and athletic ability will be at their best when he's older. Lopez's best shot will be when he is at his best, which isn't when he's 21 with less than 15 fights, nothing wrong with fast tracking a fighter when building him slowly isn't necessary though, and I suppose if he is ready for a world title fight at 23 rather than 26, just gives him more time I suppose, but Lopez's attitude, and his inexperience, is an issue for him, I don't think how well you beat Menard is the measuring scale for whether or not he will go a long way in boxing, so next for Lopez, I think we should see how he does against a slight step up from Menard.
Haney's chin hasn't really been tested, and in boxing, there is always the possibility that power and a vulnerable chin can simply mean the knock out, but I think Haney is much more experienced, mature than Lopez, has more variety, and I think he'd have the beating of him.
Sun, 2019-01-13 09:46
Had a bad snowstorm hit us yesterday, so will complete this card later. Been without power for 25 hours. Hopefully back on before the fights tonight. Most of the part of Kansas City I live in is without power; about 75,000 people or so...sucks!,
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