Ford vs Bellotti Analysis and Prediction

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Ford vs Bellotti Analysis and Prediction

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Raymond Ford (8-0-1, 4KO) vs Reece Bellotti (14-4, 12KO)

Featherweight (126)

vacant WBA Continental Featherweight Title

Raymond Ford

Raymond Ford is a spicy prospect to watch despite falling to a split decision draw over Aaron Perez. Pushed perhaps a little hard in his young career, Ford takes a forward step after failing to maintain to his 100% professional win record. A bold piece of match-making but Bellotti isn’t the same fighter he was back in 2018. Perez exposed the American’s limited defensive footwork when he refused to respect Ford’s power. If Ford is granted the distance, his jab will clock up regular rounds. No doubt Ford has taken the necessary steps to hone his counter-punching. A major red flag, if not, is Ford’s tendency to walk himself into corners, suffocating the space needed for his jab. By taking away Ford’s jab, he is unable to muster any meaningful offence.

Reece Bellotti

After a couple of years of pretty tedious fights, it seems like Eddie’s patience has run out in regards to pushing Bellotti. Gill is a decent boxer, but his vulnerability to body shots has been known for some time. Bellotti’s awful game plan to engage in a jabbing war with Gill led to a boring yet inevitable loss against a naturally faster fighter. The same tactics against Raymond Ford may leave Bellotti unable to reach the final bell. A fluid mover, Bellotti is at his best when he is allowed to circle opponents and tap away with his straight shots. Unfortunately for Bellotti, he too easily creates scenarios to engage in extended exchanges on the inside. Outworked by power against Ryan Doyle, outworked by speed against Jordan Gill and Ryan Walsh. Even if Bellotti’s level peaks at Commonwealth, it would still be nice to see him find his power again and have a couple more memorable nights.

Predicted Result: Ford Decision

A bold piece of match-making but Bellotti isn’t the same fighter he was back in 2018. Aaron Perez exposed Ford’s limited defensive footwork when he refused to respect Ford’s power. If Ford is granted the distance, his jab will clock up regular rounds. If Bellotti can lay down a strong pace in a similar manner to the Jason Cunningham and Ben Jones fights, then he can expose Ford’s tendency to walk himself into corners. Suffocating Ford’s space takes away the American’s jab, the key tool behind all of Ford’s meaningful offence. Bellotti’s tendency to find himself on extended exchanges on the inside may benefit him in this one, but it seems his better days are past him.

Give Reece Bellotti vs Ryan Doyle a little watch if you want to a short, yet explosive domestic scrap | Ford vs Bellotti
Give Reece Bellotti vs Ryan Doyle a little watch if you want to a short, yet explosive domestic scrap | Ford vs Bellotti

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