Raphael Akpejiori has a devastating punch, a series of knockouts and a daunting appearance, but when will a heavyweight contender become a credible threat?
Contenders in Nigeria know he is destructive and he has proven it. He was eliminated 11 times in 11 games, and none of his opponents passed the second round.
However, in the deceptive department where the terrifying giant is quickly overthrown, Akpejiori and the next group of powerful fighters must be more cautious.
“I am the most athletic and explosive heavyweight boxer in the world,” Akpejiori declared.
But the 6-foot-8 former college basketball player admits that the basic skills can only reach a certain level.
“Just using my size, my strength, that’s why I have so many knockouts,” he told Sky Sports last year.
“I just wiped out my opponents by exerting my strength, and then overwhelming them with a series of fists.
“Now, my athletic ability has allowed me to get to this point, but skills will take me to the next level.”
Russia’s Apti Daftayev can be used as a cautionary tale, because he has the same size and strong boxing record, but received severe tutoring when he hurriedly received a heavyweight education.
Sugarhill Steward, head coach of Tyson Fury, talked excitedly about Davtaev’s potential.
“He is very strong-not strong, but strong. I compare him to Atul Betbyev, but he is three times his size!”
But after being absent for more than a year, Daftayev faced Jack Mulovay, who was more threatening than his incomplete record showed, and Steward’s disciples suffered severe shutdown losses.
It is especially difficult to regain respect when your aura of threat is brutally destroyed by the first failure.
Ask the mysterious American heavyweight Christopher Lovejoy, who had a shameful loss to Mahmoud Charr in the first game in front of the camera. Won 19 invisible knockout wins.
“The pressure is even greater because I have to come back to prove myself now,” Lovejoy told Sky Sports.
“[The Charr fight] It’s to let my foot step into the door and let everyone know that I will go anywhere to fight anyone under any circumstances.
“No matter what the situation is, I will fight.
“But I want to work and prove to everyone that I will stay.”
On July 24, Tyson Fury (Efe Ajagba) or Frank Sanchez (Frank Sanchez) played in the third match between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. In the event of a collision on the hole cards, they will lose the appearance of a flawless record.
Ajagba needs to improve after 15 victories, and Sanchez himself has won 18 victories and is fast moving towards the world championship title.
Timing is the key, and Akpejiori is fully aware that he needs to improve his cruel attitude towards the sport.
“In order for me to reach the next level, the Anthony Joshua level, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Oleksandr Usyk level, I really have to learn how to box in a very hostile situation and possibly get the knockouts, but boxing. And performance has matured a lot in the entire 12 rounds,” Akpejiori told Sky Sports.
Jason Bergman may be a veteran who has lost as many games as he won, but when they shared the ring in Miami on Saturday, the clumsy left-hander could give them a deeper understanding of Akpegioli’s ability.
Joseph Parker was extended to the eighth round by Bergman, and in recent years, Akpegioli’s opponents Sanchez and Alslambek Mahmudov did short work against the Alabama.
For Akpejiori, the demolition needs to be shown again to improve his ranking and reputation.