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Agnew on Kovalev: I Don't See Myself as The Underdog

By Peter Lim

It will be business as usual for Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs) when he challenges Sergey Kovalev (23-0, 21 KOs) for the WBO light heavyweight title in Atlantic City this Saturday.

“I don’t see myself as an underdog," Agnew told The Houston Chronicle. "He’s undefeated but so am I. I’m coming to the fight like I do each and every fight - looking to beat the man.

“I don’t feel no pressure and I’m taking it one day at a time and concentrating on this fight as just another fight.”

A former four-time national champion in the amateur ranks, Agnew was introduced to the sweet science at age 8 by his uncle Mike Evans (38-11-1, 27 KOs), a former heavyweight fringe contender. The native of Chicago relocated to Houston in 2009 to train under Bobby Benton at the Main Boxing Gym.

Both Agnew and Benton were predictably guarded about revealing too much about their fight strategy except to say that brain will prevail over brawn.

“I’m going to win by using my brain and outthinking him,” Agnew said. “The smarter fighter wins every time. I always find a way to win a fight.”

The matchup will see a clash of diametrically polar styles. A slick switch-hitter, Agnew, 27, favors tactically counter punching from a tortoise-like shell. Kovalev, 30, by contrast, applies controlled pressure and chisels away with sharp jabs to create openings for murderous power shots that, more often than not, render his opponents dazed, discombobulated and sometimes unconscious.

“Cedric’s not afraid of this guy," Benton told the Chronicle. "Everybody he’s fought was scared to death before they stepped in the ring.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mathed on 03-28-2014

[QUOTE=Weebler I;14373884]I don't think there is any, is there? Would be interesting to see someone take Kovalev rounds. While good, I don't think he's a great boxer, imo he lost the first round v Sillakh but his power is devastating.…

Comment by kiaba360 on 03-28-2014

I like his confidence, and I'm hoping he's skilled/talented enough to make Kovalev work. I think Kov has been having it easy, dude has been bulldozing his competition.

Comment by kardsufur on 03-28-2014

[QUOTE=Weebler I;14373884]I don't think there is any, is there? Would be interesting to see someone take Kovalev rounds. While good, I don't think he's a great boxer, imo he lost the first round v Sillakh but his power is devastating.…

Comment by mathed on 03-28-2014

I liked what I saw of Agnew, he looks really sound and should provide a good enough challenge. My concern is that when he gets hit with the first flush punch, all of his strategy will go out the back…

Comment by Weebler I on 03-28-2014

[QUOTE=PBP;14373671][B]Why the hate for Agnew?[/B] He has the guts to step up and fight Kovalev and he's confident like a fighter should be. What should he be saying " I'm signing with Al Haymon and running to another network?"[/QUOTE] I…

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