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By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Correspondent
In an exclusive interview with Real Combat Media, Carl ‘Iron Fist’ Davis predicted a victory in his upcoming bout with 18-0 unbeaten heavyweight prospect Andy Ruiz. In predicting a win, Davis argued his one on one training with Chicago trainer Eddie Davis is the reason for his renewed self-confidence.
Davis, 16-5 with 12 knockouts, was unimpressed with the performance of Ruiz in his recent first round stoppage victory over Michael Greer. Likely the Ruiz corner is not impressed with the abilities of Davis after watching his recent loss to Richard Carmack in the first round. Davis needs a little luck to beat an overweight Ruiz.
In conducting this interview, a confident Carl Davis seemed to be missing one key point: the quality and level of the current trainer. While not denying Davis has had a good camp for his June 8, 2013 bout at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Davis is no longer working with his original trainer Sam Colonna or physical conditioning coach John Schaeffer in Pennsylvania.
Davis performances have been hot and cold, very inconsistent. Davis beat former number one heavyweight contender Bert Cooper, and former world cruiserweight champion King Arthur Williams. Davis probably would do better as a fighter at 215 pounds or less, as his tall frame can generate good power with both hands.
The major flaw in Davis’ logic is his overestimating his defensive skills under questionable circumstances. Davis is no longer receiving training and conditioning at the level he has had in the past. While a six to eight week training camp is good, the quality of the trainer is suspect for Carl versus his fights in the past. There is a lack of balance when switching trainers, and in this case, given his recent previous performance against Richard Carmack, Davis would probably be better going back to training with Sam Colonna and / or making a corner change.
Simply put, at 39, an aging Davis is taking these fights for the money. His training preparations for Ruiz may be better than his preparations for Carmack, but Davis does figure to be the one to upset the apple cart against Ruiz, because he is taking the fights against Ruiz and Peter for the wrong reasons. I predict Davis will do better than expected against Ruiz, but will run into trouble because the quality of the training camp where Davis is now does not measure up to Ruiz’ preparations and abilities. This factor is not fully obvious in the Ruiz victory over Matthew Greer recently.
Ruiz does not showcase his talents or show much in his brief bout with Greer, so it is hard to measure Andy Ruiz based on that performance. Davis’ performance against Carmack revealed defensive holes, and his inability to stay moving on his feet. TO have any chance against Ruiz, Davis will have to keep moving, use his height and reach to his advantage, jab out of range, and score with overhand left and right hand power shots like he did against Bert Cooper, maintaining a consistent attack.
Ruiz, a sparring partner for Evander Holyfield and Hasim Rahman more recently, needs to bring his weight down less than the 246 he weighed in at for the Greer fight last March, so he can pursue Davis while moving out of the way of trouble.
Real Combat Media: “Carl, you are fighting untested Mexican heavyweight prospect 18-0 Andy Ruiz on June 8, 2013, in Las Vegas. Can you win?”
Carl Davis: “Yes I can!”
Real Combat Media: “Why did you lose your last fight. Any excuses?”
Carl Davis: “My last fight was just crazy. I don’t want to talk about Richard Carmack. Let’s just say luck was on his side that night (when I lost to him).”
Real Combat Media: “Can you win a rematch with Carmack?”
Carl Davis: “Yes! Hands down. When I lost to Carmack, the better man won. Carmack capitalized on my one mistake. The same thing happened when Lennox Lewis fought Hasim Rahman and lost (the first time).”
Real Combat Media: “How are you training better this time around?”
Carl Davis: “I am making with what I do well, the things I do best, Carl making it better, making it fantastic.”
Real Combat Media: “Carl, you are not training with Sam Colonna or John Schaeffer?”
Carl Davis: “Eddie Davis is training me. I met him through Don King. I get to work with him one on one. This (next) fight is gonna be a fight, we’re working on finding my angles in this fight.”
Real Combat Media: “Is your fight with Samuel Peter still on?”
Carl Davis: “Yes it is, (for) this summer.”
Real Combat Media: “You are going to Las Vegas where Andy Ruiz fights.”
Carl Davis: “I like that. Going into his hometown (where Ruiz trains), and fighting on his promoter’s card, and he’s a Top Rank fighter. It’s a challenge.”
Real Combat Media: “All the best with your upcoming bout, Carl.”
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