MightyTips ambassador and undefeated boxer Jevgenijs "The Hurricane" Aleksejevs has been busy in Spain. He is getting in fighting shape for his next contest while taking advantage of optimal training camp conditions in the sun-drenched Mediterranean country, where the climate and excellent facilities lend themselves to professional boxer training routines.
On top of individual workout plans and optimised nutritional schedules, The Hurricane has been blowing out the cobwebs in sparring with fellow professional fighter Liam Williams, who is an ex-WBO middleweight and WBO interim light-middleweight title challenger.
The Welsh fighter, who was keeping his fans updated throughout his camp on his Instagram, was also in Spain preparing for his upcoming WBC and Commonwealth title fight with fellow British fighter Hamzah Sheeraz. The fight, which was due to take place on 2nd December, has since been postponed to early 2024 after Sheeraz suffered a perforated eardrum in training.
The Hurricane, who is yet to lose a professional fight, has his say on how the training camp went, how he fared against Williams, and on the upcoming fight between Williams and Sheeraz. Remember, you can back The Hurricane, or any other fighter, with one of our recommended boxing bookies.
Twenty-two days of cool training combining a pleasant Spanish climate and a lot of work with my coach Roman Anuchin. It turned out to be very useful, testing and fun.We worked on reflexes, punch combinations and basic techniques during the first week. Light running to strengthen the cardiovascular system, and general physical training for general tonus.
We had our first sparring with a partner from Spain at the end of the second week. I managed to fulfil the coach's instructions on the punch combinations that we prepared. A couple of days later, we had our next sparring against a strong Spanish puncher, and it worked perfectly for me. All the technical preparations were executed as planned. It was more like a bullfight where the other guy was the bull and I was the torero.
The third sparring was the most important and technically difficult because it was against the number 14 in the world according to Boxreс - Liam Williams, who is preparing for his title fight against Hamzah Sheeraz.
It was a very high-tempo sparring which forced me to tap into different technical approaches. I really felt that Liam was on a different level compared to the other opponents in this camp. He makes you think inside the ring and work to your maximum. This was a huge experience for me. I hope to have more sparrings against such fighters further on.
I expect a very exciting bout between two highly-rated middleweight fighters. As a puncher and a swarmer, Liam will be trying to apply pressure against the taller Hamzah Sheeraz, to force him into close-range boxing with a high volume of punch exchanges. But he will have to be on his guard as Sheeraz has very sharp straight punches, and it will require some patience to get within striking distance of him. I reckon Liam will have to deal with his jab in the first place. If he does that, he will be able to dictate the flow of the fight.
Venue: Copper Box, London
Williams record: 24-4 (19 KOs)
Sheeraz record: 18-0 (14 KOs)
Odds: Williams (4.50) Sheeraz (1.20)
The fight had to be postponed from its original date of December 2 due to Sheeraz suffering a perforated eardrum in training in early November. The latest reports suggest that the new date will be February 10 or 24.
At the time of writing, Sheeraz is a heavy favourite to beat Williams at odds of 1.20 with some betting apps for boxing.
It’s hard to argue against those odds. There’s no doubting his finishing power, and a 77.78% knockout record is pretty scary.
Carl Frampton once said of Sheeraz:
If he doesn’t go on and win a world title, I’ll eat my hat. He is the best young prospect we have in the UK,
which speaks to the high regard in which he is held.
Thanks to an imposing 6ft 3inch frame, he commands a reach advantage of most prospective fighters, but Williams is no pushover.
He took Chris Eubank Jr and Demetrius Andrade all the way in two of his previous three fights, losing via unanimous decision on both occasions. He could not find his rhythm against Eubank Jr and was knocked down four times, but has bounced back since with a second-round stoppage win over Nizar Trimech in November last year.
If, as The Hurricane suggests, Williams is able to handle Sheeraz’s jab, he could be worth taking a chance on, whether that’s in-play with one of our recommended live betting sportsbooks **or pre-fight.
If you needed reminding, our man is the fighting pride of MightyTips. Technically sound and with a graceful fighting style, he dominated his opponent in the previous fight, which took place at the Holiday World Resort in Benalmadena in early August.
Timing his punches to perfection and pacing his pressure to a tee, he was far too good for French fighter Dmitri Trenel, knocking him down three times on his way to a third-round stoppage.
We are awaiting news of his next fight, but this is a man to keep an eye on over the coming years.