Frank Sanchez Sizes Up Tyson Fury: “I Knock Him Out Easily”
By: Hans Themistode
After putting together his best year as a pro, Frank Sanchez desperately wanted to kick off 2022 on the right foot.
The highly ranked heavyweight contender couldn’t have asked for a better start as he had an easy night at the office against late replacement Christian Hammer. The two clashed in the co-main event late last night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
A determined Sanchez effortlessly boxed past his man, dropping him in the final few seconds before winning every round on all three judges’ scorecards. Although the Cuban native is appreciative of every opportunity that he’s been afforded, at the age of 29, he’s interested in facing the best of the best in the heavyweight division.
At the moment, WBC titlist Tyson Fury is regarded by many as the man to beat. With Fury solidifying his standing with back-to-back stoppage wins over the hard-hitting Deontay Wilder, the British native has garnered enormous praise from his promoter Bob Arum. The 90-year-old Hall of Famer has gone as far as to claim Fury as a better all-around fighter than iconic figures such as Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
Still, even with Fury seemingly in a class of his own, Sanchez scoffs at the idea of Fury being a superior fighter to himself. And, if given the opportunity, Sanchez believes he’ll embarrassingly dethrone him.
“I knock him out easily,” said Sanchez during an interview with ESNEWS. “He has no boxing skills.”
While Fury is often viewed as the number one heavyweight in the world, newly crowned unified champion Oleksandr Usyk is believed to be in the mix as well.
Following a dominant run in the cruiserweight division, which resulted in an undisputed title reign, Usyk has gone on to prove that his skills translate well to the land of the big men. On September 25th, 2021, Usyk thoroughly outboxed Anthony Joshua to strip him of his WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight titles.
But while Usyk is now only one belt shy of becoming a two-division undisputed champion, Sanchez views a possible future showdown between them as a walk in the park.
“Even easier,” said Sanchez when asked if Usyk would be more difficult to deal with than Fury. “Usyk has movement but he doesn’t have the technique that I do.”
Frank Sanchez On Efe Ajagba: “The Only Thing That He Has Is The Power, He’s Not A Very Skilled Boxer”
By: Hans Themistode
Efe Ajagba might be relatively early in his pro boxing career but the 6’6 stoutly built heavyweight has developed quite the reputation.
After knocking out his first five opponents, Ajagba made serious headlines during his showdown against Curtis Harper in 2018. As the opening rung to start things off, Harper immediately turned away from Ajagba, walked through the ropes, and made his way to the back.
Stories such as those, paired with the Nigerian’s frightening power, have pushed Ajagba from prospect to contender in short order. But while most are pointing to his knockout abilities, Frank Sanchez, Ajagba’s upcoming opponent, isn’t as wary of the oncoming missiles that his man will undoubtedly throw in his direction.
In a moment of candor, Sanchez acknowledged that Ajagba has the sort of dynamite in his fists that will keep him on his toes. However, outside of that, Sanchez believes he has nothing to worry about.
“The only thing that he has is the power,” said Sanchez during a recent press conference. “He’s not a very skilled boxer. Once he faces someone like me, who has a lot of resources, it’s going to be different for him.”
In just a few short hours, Sanchez will put his theory to the test as the two are set to square off in the co-main event slot on the undercard of Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While Sanchez comes into their showdown known as a boxer, he’s also shown the propensity to register wins before the sound of the final bell. In the Cuban native’s three most recent trips to the ring, he managed to pick up stoppage victories against the likes of Brian Howard, Julian Fernandez, and Nagy Aguilera.
Part of Sanchez’s stern belief in himself in his contest against Ajagba, not only stems from his deep amateur pedigree and dominant start in the professional ranks but more than anything, with the help of head trainer Eddy Reynoso, Sanchez believes that he what he’s done behind closed doors will pay dividends.
“I have confidence in the work that I have done and the preparation for this fight.”
Efe Ajagba Vs. Frank Sanchez, Adam Kownacki Vs. Robert Helenius Rematch And Jared Anderson Appearance Round Out Deontay Wilder Vs. Tyson Fury III Undercard
By: Hans Themistode
The third installment between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury has officially been transformed into a night of heavyweight boxing.
With both Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and Top Rank hosting the card, they have decided to put their talent in the ring against one another. According to their contractual agreement, both sides have the right to put one fight on the undercard as well as a joint bout. For Top Rank, they have decided to showcase the talent of rising heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson (9-0, 9 KOs). The undefeated Toledo, Ohio native will open the pay-per-view card against an opponent yet to be named.
Following that bout, heavyweight contenders Adam Kownacki (20-1, 15 KOs) and Robert Helenius (30-3, 19 KOs) will have their long-awaited rematch. In March of 2020, Kownacki walked into their showdown as the prohibited favorite. While he was dominating the action early on, Helenius floored his man in the fourth round before finishing him off. The loss for Kownacki represents the only blemish in his young career.
With Top Rank and PBC announcing bouts within their own stable, both sides have reached an agreement for the final undercard contest that will see both sides trek out an undefeated prospect.
Newly signed Top Rank prospect Efe Ajagba (15-0, 12 KOs), who once partnered with PBC, will take on fellow undefeated prospect, Frank Sanchez (18-0, 13 KOs). For Ajagba, he made his Top Rank debut in September of 2020, easily outpointing Jonathan Rice. He then followed that up with a knockout of the year candidate over Brian Howard in April of this year.
As for Sanchez, after working closely with Eddy Reynoso, trainer of pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez, the Cuban born native has continued to look more and more impressive. In early May of this year, Sanchez extended his knockout streak to three in a row with a sixth-round stoppage win over Nagy Aguilera.
The long list of heavyweight bouts on the night will come to an end with Fury and Wilder. After settling for a split decision draw in their first contest in December of 2018, Fury made a huge statement in dismantling Wilder via seventh-round stoppage in their 2020 rematch. The loss for the Alabama native ended his five year title reign.
The night of heavyweight boxing goes down on July 24th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on pay-per-view.