Straffon vs Hughes Analysis and Prediction

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Straffon vs Hughes Analysis and Prediction

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Jovanni Straffon (24-3-1, 17KO) vs Maxi Hughes (23-5-2, 5KO)

Lightweight (135)

IBO World Lightweight Title

Jovanni Straffon

Straffon, if the old memory needs jogging, is the other unknown Mexican who fought on a Matchroom card and caused an upset. James Tennyson was the unfortunate recipient of a first-round knockout, with Straffon securing the vacant IBO world title in the process. Unlike Lara, Straffon is far more active on the outside. Of course, the end goal is still to close the distance and unleash quick three-punch combinations in the pocket. Yet Straffon has a jab that keeps him busy, it isn’t particularly pretty, but it’s a scoring shot. Straffon’s success against Tennyson largely emerged from his bodywork. Thundering in double hooks to the body, Straffon then finished with an uppercut up top or doubling up on the lead hook from body to head.

Maxi Hughes

Maxi Hughes has fought at the British level for over a decade now, yet on every attempt to break upwards, has been gatekept along the way. Losses to Scott Cardle, Martin Ward, Liam Walsh and Sam Bowen all highlighted Hughes’ inability to take the next step in his career. That was until he faced Paul Hyland Jr for the British title last time out. Granted, Hyland Jr isn’t of a similar quality as a Martin Ward, yet the experienced operator continued looking like a fighter reborn since beating Jono Carroll. Hughes’ issue has been an inability to finish fights (dropping close decisions on the way) or failure to gain an opponent’s respect (leading to him being walked down). Hughes is slick enough to stick and move through the opening rounds against Straffon, but he will have to bank on the Mexican tiring late otherwise he doesn’t possess the firepower to keep off the ropes

Predicted Result: Straffon TKO Round 9

Straffon’s success against Tennyson largely emerged from his bodywork. Thundering in double hooks to the body, Straffon then finished with an uppercut up top or doubling up on the lead hook from the body to head. Maxi Hughes may have finally broken out from his domestic purgatory, yet Hyland Jr is perhaps the weakest British rival that he has faced. Hughes will have to bank on his ability to stick and move on the outside, in an attempt to tire and frustrate the Mexican. Unfortunately for Hughes, he lacks the firepower to earn an opponent’s respect and prevent them from walking him down.

Surely the Mexican unknown couldn't stop another British fighter on home turf? | Straffon vs Hughes
Surely the Mexican unknown couldn’t stop another British fighter on home turf? | Straffon vs Hughes

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