Frank Sanchez vs Carlos Negron Preview October 15th, 2022
The WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title is on the line this Saturday, October 15th when unbeaten belt holder Frank Sanchez of Cuba takes on Puerto Rico’s Carlos Negron. The 10-round tilt will be shown live in America on Fox pay-per-view on the undercard of the Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius showdown and it can be seen in the UK on the FITE network. Sanchez last fought in January when he beat veteran Christian Hammer by a wide unanimous decision and dropped him in the 10th and final round. Negron’s last outing came in September of last year when he stopped Skylar Thompson in the first round.
Sanchez vs Negron Betting Odds
- Carlos Negron +1000
- Frank Sanchez -2000
The 30-year-old Sanchez, who fights out of Miami, Florida boasts a perfect record of 20-0 with 13 Ko’s and has boxed 79 rounds since making his pro debut in 2017. He enjoyed a fine amateur career as he won the 2008 Cuban National School Games at 165 lbs and finished third at the Cuban National Championships from 2011 to 2014. He then fought in the World Series of Boxing in 2016.
Sanchez stands 6-feet-4-inches tall with a 78-inch wingspan and possesses better-than-average power with a current knockout ratio of 62 per cent but four of his last seven fights have gone the distance. His biggest wins so far have been against Hammer, Efe Ajagba, Nagy Aguilera, Brian Howard, Joey Dawejko and Julian Fernandez. Sanchez can explode suddenly with power punches after appearing to lull his opponents to sleep and has also captured the WBO NABO Heavyweight Title as a pro.
The 34-year-old Negron has an impressive mark of 25-3 with 20 Ko’s and he’s got 75 rounds of experience under his belt since turning pro in 2009 after a fine amateur career. His first loss was a third-round stoppage at the hands of Epifanio Mendoza back in 2011. He was then stopped by Dominic Breazeale in the ninth round in 2018 and by Brian Howard in his very next fight in just 66 seconds eight months later.
He stands 6-feet-6-inches tall with an 83-inch reach which gives him a two-inch edge in height on Sanchez as well as five inches in reach. Negron has good power in his fists with a current knockout ratio of 71.4 per cent and that’s the main reason he’s boxed just 75 rounds as a pro. His biggest win was against Derric Rossy by fourth-round TKO in 2017 to win the vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title.
The knock against Negron has been his quality of opposition as he’s faced mostly lower-grade boxers up to now such as Scott Alexander and struggled when stepping up in class. He’s also captured the WBC Fecarbox Heavyweight Belt as a pro. He’s basically underachieved after reportedly going 93-9 as an amateur. Negron fought at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China as a light heavyweight and went 1-1 and also represented Puerto Rico several other international events, winning bronze at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games and gold in the first Olympic qualifier tournament.
Sanchez seems to have all the tools to become a legitimate heavyweight contender but doesn’t always use them often enough during a fight. He can bore you to tears for several rounds and then explode with a power punch or two and his opponents always need to be wary of this. Negron has been the distance just five times in 28 pro bouts as they usually end in a stoppage. He has a puncher’s chance here but I’m expecting Sanchez to come out on top.
Sanchez’s explosiveness should be the difference.
Play Sanchez -2000 @ BetOnline.ag
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