FightPost Boxer of the Week: Agit Kabayel
By Gary Kittilsen
On what was a very quiet week for the sweet science, one heavyweight put on a spectacular performance emerging as a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division.
In his latest victory he enhanced his perfect record to 20-0 (13) and captured the vacant World Boxing Association Continental title as well as our fighter of the week award.
Agit Kabayel put on a spectacular display of boxing skill and athleticism for a big man. Kabayel, of Germany, putting on a 10-round masterpiece in dominating Evgenios Lazaridis originally of Athens, Greece from the opening round until the final bell rang.
Entering the ring the 27-year-old Kabayel knew the importance of Saturday’s fight. Should he impress he would be on his way to a big-money fight in the US.
From the opening bell on he fought with the knowledge of what was on the line. putting on a boxing clinic. That started with him firing a shotgun jab to the head and body of Lazaridis, controlling his opponent and stopping him in his track and forcing him backward.
After dominating round one the underdog Lazaridis got to work in the second getting on the inside and landing some clean combinations on his highly regarded opponent.
By round three Kabayel had, had enough and got back to jabbing and moving setting up a perfect one-two that staggered his opponent just moments into the round.
Quickly changing the tempo of the fight and regaining control, and this time for good. Lazaridis who was being forced backward by the stiff jab of his opponent, had no answers and every round began to look the same.
Kabayel walking down his man with his stick setting up power shots. The only question quickly became, could Lazaridis make it to the final bell?
Winning every round Kabayel went into cruise control in the later rounds controlling the action over the last final stanzas On his way to picking up a lopsided unanimous decision by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and somehow the third judge found two rounds for Lazaridis scoring it 98-92.
The German heavyweight signed a co-promotional deal with Top Rank last year and was expected to make his U.S. debut earlier this year. However, do to the COVID-19 lockdowns he has been unable to show the American boxing audience his skills.
Assuming he will make his American debut in his next outing, he is going to have plenty of attractive options that will likely be aired on ESPN. Such options include a potential showdown with fellow Top Rank Stablemates such as Carlos Takam, Oscar Rivas, or Bryant Jennings.
He is also in line for a bout with Manuel Charr who holds a secondary WBA belt. Should he beat a few of those names, which given his masterful performance this past weekend he certainly could and perhaps should be favored to, an eventual showdown with WBC heavyweight champ Tyson Fury, who also fights under the Top Rank banner, could be on the horizon.