The Knockout Scout

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“In boxing you create a strategy to beat each new opponent, it’s just like chess” – Lennox Lewis (1965-present)

“Two heads are better than one” – John Heywood (1497-1580)

“If you fail to plan, plan to fail” – Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Having been around the sport of professional boxing in various aspects (from advising to training, reporting, running entire fight cards and reviewing specific fighters and match-ups) since he was 18, Knockout Publicity CEO Matt Yanofsky is proud to offer “The Knockout Scout”.

The Knockout Scout is a formal scouting service for boxers, promoters, matchmakers, trainers and managers looking for a professional and detailed report about an opponent for one of their fighters, ways their own fighter can improve based on footage or a specific boxer (IE: a potential signee or opponent that they may fight in the future) as requested by the client. Working with boxers from the four round level to title bouts, Yanofsky’s spent countless hours reviewing tapes, breaking down styles and consulting with fighters and trainers (most of whom personally seek him out for his information and opinion) about upcoming bouts. He also ran a boxing preview website, where his detailed descriptions were received with critical acclaim.

By purchasing this service, Yanofsky will confidentially review tapes of the requested fighter (which will be provided by the client unless it is available via YouTube) and break down their strength, weaknesses and other intangibles in a formal report. If a specific fighter’s representative contacts me about their client facing a specific opponent, their fighter’s style would be factored into the tape. The Knockout Scout not only provides in-depth information about a specific fighter, but another set of eyes that could potentially uncover something others overlooked. As most in the industry know, fights are often won before the opening bell with supreme preparation.

The report below was done recently for a client that has an upcoming bout, using “FIGHTER A” with some other minor details removed to protect confidentiality.

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By Matt Yanofsky (The Knockout Scout, Boxing Advisor & CEO of Knockout Publicity)

FIGHTER A reportedly had over 400 amateur fights. As a pro, he’s fought as high as cruiserweight and low as super middleweight. At 6’1, FIGHTER A has long arms and appears to be comfortable in in his current division, weighing at or near the limit in seven of his last eight bouts. He’s currently world rated by the WBC, capturing a regional title with an impressive stoppage of a good opponent last year. However, unlike many fighters with his amateur experience, FIGHTER A is a late bloomer to the pros.

Stylistically, He is a big puncher but he has a decent and lengthy jab, which he throws often and connects with at the tail end. FIGHTER A makes it no secret that he’s looking to land a big shot, with his hand placement and stance making it visible that jabbing and moving isn’t in his game plan. Within seconds of his bout against the quality opponent, it was clearly evident that his feet and hands were very slow. He’s also flatfooted and likes to feint jabs and move his front hand up to size up or measure his opponent, almost in identical fashion to Yuriorkis Gamboa.

When he sees an opening, FIGHTER A comes over the top with a long straight right hand (a punch popular amongst many Colombian fighters known for their punching power). Against the quality opponent, he landed the right hand on multiple occasions including as a counter shot, ultimately hurting then dropping him with a follow up barrage in the second round and three times more in the fourth en route to a knockout. Since FIGHTER A’s hands are slow, you can often see the right hand coming from a mile away, leaving open plenty of opportunities to slip, cover or counter the flatfooted and upright FIGHTER A.

Defensively, he uses a textbook high guard but FIGHTER A’s opponent was able to connect with punches around the gloves. Had his opponent used speed and movement, this would’ve definitely been a different fight due to FIGHTER A being extremely stationary. For a fighter with his amateur background, I am extremely surprised to see how basic he is and the lack of polish in his style. I saw few, if any, body punches and he never threw punches on an angle or while moving.

Having reviewed some of FIGHTER A’s other fights, I saw much of the same. He was knocked out early in his career and was dropped by an opponent with very few knockouts, who according to reports frustrated FIGHTER A by boxing him strategically. I’ve also had a good source from his hometown tell me that FIGHTER A does not take a punch well and has been staggered multiple times in the gym.

The key to beating a fighter like him is speed, quickness, ring generalship and angles. Since he’s so straight up, slow and flat footed, he’ll have a hard time with a moving opponent based on the tapes I’ve seen. Outside of his power and a decent jab, I don’t see much else that truly worries me about FIGHTER A.