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article imageOp-Ed: Why Amonsot can't help Jeff Horn as sparmate for Pacquiao fight

By Leo Reyes     May 29, 2017 in Sports
Unbeaten Australian challenger Jeff Horn could be making a big mistake by taking into his camp Filipino-Australian boxer Czar Amonsot as his sparring partner for his fight against Manny Pacquiao on July 2 at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
Horn is done with his spar mate for three weeks unbeaten prospect Liam Paro and is now looking at several prospective sparring partners including Zab Judah. He also invited Vasyl Lomachenko, who has recently turned down his offer.
Now Horn is set to spar Amonsot, who is known as a slugger and a power puncher with a KO rate of 55 percent.
Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton said Amonsot, who remains unbeaten the last 18 fights is tough fighter and would be a great spar mate for Horn.
“I think Czar will be great sparring for Jeff,” Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton said.
“He’s been undefeated for years and is a former Pacquiao sparring partner. He’s tough and aggressive and fight fit,” Rushton added.
Admittedly, Amonsot is a great boxer having won 28 of his 34 fights (with two losses and two draws) but he doesn't resemble Paquiao's fighting style.
Seemingly, the only compelling reason for the choice of Amonsot in his preparation for the Pacquiao fight is his being a southpaw like Pacquiao. Amonsot is a brawler but he isn't known for his foot and hand speed.
Amonsot does not have the speed of Pacquiao though he moves with significant mobility in the ring but not enough to address Pacquiao's foot and hand speed.
If Horn wants to familiarize himself with Pacquiao's fighting style, he needs to spar with someone who has the speed and power of Pacquiao.
Horn has now the power to confront Pacquiao in the ring and with that power as shown in his knockout wins against three capable challengers during his most recent fights, he only needs to find a new sparring partner who acts and moves in the ring like Pacquiao.
Definitely, Amonsot doesn't move and fight like Pacquiao, though he has reportedly served as Pacquiao's sparring partner in the past.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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