VA
  • TGT on YouTube
  • About TGT
  • The TGT Team
  • How TGT rates
  • Responsible Gambling Advice
  • Contact Our Team
  • Writers Wanted
  • Content Disclaimer
  • Affiliate Disclosure
Contains commercial content
Billboard Left
Billboard Left
The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Prospect Watch: Sergey Kuzmin

Prospect Watch: Sergey Kuzmin

Will he pass the Amir Mansour test?
Publish Date: 11/26/2017
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
Sergey Kuzmin training for his upcoming bout against Amir Mansour

A 30-year-old prospect isn’t an uncommon site anymore. Loads of glove-branding pugilists from the former Soviet Bloc have grabbed their gym bags and made the foray, successful or otherwise, into the paid ranks around this age. Of course that means their patience is thin. The meaningful fights must come sooner rather than later.

At heavyweight, where Father Time delays punching holes in your timecard, the Russian-born Kuzmin may have years to work with before serious physical deterioration sets in. Part of preventing bodily decline is staying shape and all too often have boxing fans seen gifted and initially inspired individuals give way to hedonism. The common theme, not only among these post-title tubs who threw it down the drain but just about every heavyweight, is to gain weight as their career progresses. Sergey Kuzmin has trended the opposite. He began his career as a 260-pounder and has brought that to a fitter, quicker 244. I hope to see this continue.

Dedication will only let you climb the ladder of success, however. A multitude of other factors have to be conditioned and channeled into the ring to get you over the hump. The 11-0 (8 KO’s) Saint Petersburg-resident lacks the size and wallop that help others along (e.g. Anthony Joshua), but he’s not a love-tapper and he isn’t small. The eight stoppages inside the distance–five coming in his last five fights–tell you that something is there. Most of these finishes are the product of an improving straight right hand, which he masks well with a versatile jab.

His most well-known kayo might have been in the amateurs at the 2013 European Amateur Boxing Championships. Sergey took out Great Britain’s Joe Joyce in a round. In that fight he went right after the taller man, throwing a volley of blows which prompted a standing count from the referee. Once allowed to continue, the 6’3” Kuzmin kept up the pressure and it wasn’t long after that the Russian planted Joyce on the canvass with a stiff cross.

Video: Sergey Kuzmin vs Joe Joyce

Sergey Kuzmin vs Joe Joyce

Kuzmin’s amateur experience extends to bouts with Roberto Cammarelle, Viktar Zuyev Magomedrasul Majidov and Filip Hrgovic, as well.

Stylistically Kuzmin has other assets. He is a come-forward guy who has a workmanlike pace. He doles out his left often and finds a way to close the distance with it, even against taller guys. He isn’t outside of letting his hands go in combination either. The left hook plays second fiddle to the straight, but it’s a tool he makes good use of for variety’s sake. His defense consists of inching head movement, both left and right, which is no doubt the byproduct of years as an amateur on the international level. While one wouldn’t classify him as slick, he doesn’t take many clean shots and I haven’t found anything to suggest that his chin is an issue.

In his next fight we may find out how good his chin is, as he has managed to lure the hard-throwing Amir Mansour from his American confines and into the cold fall of Moscow, Russia. A victory over the 45-year-old Mansour would get his foot near the door of the top-10 and closer to his greater goals. For a soon-to-be 12-fight pro, that’s a worthy step.

Playing the bettor, my money is on Sergey Kuzmin, who looks a notch above the Travis Kauffman Mansour struggled with, to see this one through.

Video: Sergey Kuzmin - Heavyweight Prospect (Highlights)

Sergey Kuzmin – Heavyweight Prospect (Highlights)

Billboard Left
Billboard Left
Read Also
Esteban de Jesus, Roberto Duran y AIDS (1972-89)
Many of us dream of celebrity sports fame, but only cruel individuals ...
Elmer Ray: The Humble Man of Hastings
"Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for ...
SI Sportsbook Promo
Top 100 remaining 2021 NFL free agents after Day 1
This is the most up-to-date list of available NFL free agents following ...
Peter Maher: An Irish Tribute
INTRO: I was seriously ill in 2018 with 7 nights in the ...
Ranking the top 200 players in the NFL ahead of the 2021 season
This list isn’t based solely on performances from the 2020 NFL season. ...
Top 100 NFL free agents entering the 2021 offseason
Below is a list of the top 100 free agents available this ...
Lady Tyger’s Tale: How Marian Trimiar Mauled the Boxing Establishment of the 1970s and 80s
To Feed the Ambition in Your Heart is Like Carrying a Tiger ...
The Forgotten Canadian Champion (And Maybe It’s Deserved): Billy Hawkins
As Mike Goodpaster and I prepare our popular Old-Time Boxing Show podcast, ...
The Army Boxer Who Knocked-Down Muhammad Ali (1960)
I had wanted to write a boxing story about Junebug Hudson for ...
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Top Brands
Top Bonuses
Stake.us
Stake.us
Stake.us Review
98/100
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Review
97/100
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Review
95/100
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Review
93/100
SweepSlots
SweepSlots
SweepSlots Review
93/100
Stake.us
Stake.us Bonus
5% Rakeback
T&Cs apply
9.8/10
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Bonus
30 SCs on 1st Purchase + 4.5 SCs FREE
T&Cs apply
9.7/10
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Bonus
Join GOLDEN2000 for 2,000 FREE coins
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Bonus
140k GC + 400 FC
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
SweepSlots
SweepSlots Bonus
1,000 Gold Coins Daily
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
Latest News
Top15 Teams in College Basketball History
The Wolfpack became the first team since 1965-66 ...
Top 10 Hitters of the 1990s
Mike Piazza did not get to play for ...
Betting Tips
Our Latest YouTube Videos
Video: Froggy Talkin Sports W/ Ryan & Joe
Froggy Talkin Sports W/ Ryan & Joe
Video: NFL🏈 Prediction Show: Is the NFL Rigged? Conference Championship review
NFL Prediction Show: Is the NFL Rigged? Conference Championship review
Video: AFC 🏈Championship Game Preview: Bengals vs Chiefs
AFC Championship Game Preview: Bengals vs Chiefs
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....
Top Online Casinos
Top Casinos Bonuses
Stake.us
Stake.us
Stake.us Review
98/100
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Review
97/100
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Review
95/100
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Review
93/100
SweepSlots
SweepSlots
SweepSlots Review
93/100
Stake.us
Stake.us Bonus
5% Rakeback
T&Cs apply
9.8/10
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Bonus
30 SCs on 1st Purchase + 4.5 SCs FREE
T&Cs apply
9.7/10
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Bonus
Join GOLDEN2000 for 2,000 FREE coins
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Bonus
140k GC + 400 FC
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
SweepSlots
SweepSlots Bonus
1,000 Gold Coins Daily
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
Top Betting Sites
Top Betting Bonuses
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Review
97/100
FanDuel
FanDuel
FanDuel Review
96/100
Bet365
Bet365
Bet365 Review
94/100
PointsBet
PointsBet
PointsBet Review
94/100
BetMGM
BetMGM
BetMGM Review
93/100
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Bonus
BET $20 GET $200 IN FREE BETS
T&Cs apply
9.7/10
First deposit only | 21+ & located in VA | Promo code as seen| A qualifying bet is $20 or more | Min odds of +120 or more | Free Bet Tokens credited after bet is settled and expire after 7 days | Free Bet stakes not included in winnings | Please Gamble Responsibly - Gambling Problem? VA: CALL 1-888-532-3500 | Full T&C apply
FanDuel
FanDuel Bonus
No Sweat First Bet up to $3,000
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
Bet365
Bet365 Bonus
Bet $1, Get $200
T&Cs apply
9.4/10
BetMGM
BetMGM Bonus
100% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
DraftKings
DraftKings Bonus
20% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.2/10
Our Team
Mike GoodpasterAuthor IconJosh SchwartzSamuel TeetsMark Lewis
+8
Mike Goodpaster
Mike Goodpaster
Chief Editor
Author Icon
Christopher Carlson
Content Writer
Josh Schwartz
Josh Schwartz
Editor
Samuel Teets
Samuel Teets
US Sports Veteran
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
Editor
Simon Briffa
Simon Briffa
Sports Editor
Chris Benedict
Chris Benedict
Editor
Author Icon
Malik Zorrok
Author
Author Icon
Daniel Kornhauser
Author
John Raspanti
John Raspanti
Author
Author Icon
Buddy Gibbs
Author
Brian Coburn
Brian Coburn
Author
Peter Bonahoom
Peter Bonahoom
Author
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....

If you enjoy hearing from the legends of pro sports, then be sure to tune into “The Grueling Truth” sports shows, “Where the legends speak”

Contact us: [email protected]

Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

sdfgfdgcsdfgfdgcww
Move to Top
Close
Stake.us Exclusive Bonus
5% Rakeback
Promo Code
Copy
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 21+
Payment Methods
Bitcoin
Litecoin
Ethereum
Dogecoin
Highlights
  • Social casino loved by Drake!
  • Play Plinko, Hilo, Crash and more!
  • Get Stake Cash bonuses every day!
Stake Originals
Dice
Crash
Plinko
Mines
×
Your Bonus Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site