I just watched the Oleg Maskaev vs Sam Peter fight and was wondering about the body shape of these guys (more so Peter). Big men and maybe can't get a physique like a Greb or Carter, but surely they can look a little more chiselled? To this laymans eyes, I would say that Peter didn't do that much training.
Love him or hate him, at least Vladimir Klitschko looks in shape when he fights.
Do you thing these guys train as hard as they should?
Reply: At their age now looking the way they do they have put themselves into a niche of quality muscular developement level D+. They can Run, spar, do boxing basics until the cat's eyes spin like Dan Akroyd says and they will look the same. Kelly Pavlik is a very strong guy via plyomentics, sledgehammer V giant tire and boxing basics but is still quite underdeveloped.
All of these men including Juan Diaz have subscribed to a non bodybuilding regimen and they are all tough. Yet as time goes by in my humble opinion they have made a mistake as much so as a boxer relying solely on bodybuilding techniques while sacrificing basics. You have to do both in this day and age because muscular strength is a very necessary resource and commodity to possess. During the fight that well of power must be tapped into to explode properly. Carrying 5 lbs of extra fat on the obliques , lower back, mid or lower abdomen is a waste of weight.
Bob Foster, Hearns, Pavlik can generate power with both sides of their body with snap and torque without large biceps or high upper pecs, so for boxers the kind of build and body development I have my fighters train for is not a bodybuilding place 2nd in the Olympia build. Rather it is having the entire machine an amalgum of muscle and ligament and tendon strength achieved within the parameters of one's own height and weight class you are to be competing in.
They should have put Maskaev in addition to whatever he was doing, (He is absolutely finished now and should get out of this game immediately if not sooner before he loses his faculties.) on a high rep, low to moderate weight training program, on a bow flex for stretching and elongonating the muscle groups while adding weight per set and work on his obvious sagging weak points.
Samuel Peters must lose that Ray Mercer Godzilla V Girtha midsection or it will get thicker, wider and the girth will widen more and more like a bubblegum blob. The clock is ticking and he ruins himself between fights obviously, and all the situps in the world will not spot reduce that area. Pay money for the right trainer and you will be set right.
Juan Diaz's keep slamming you with Joe Frazier workload output train got derailed and Juan's baby fat is a major detriment to keeping a locamotive steaming along. The well of power runs dry as much as a bear feeding off of itself in hybernation. Stick to whatever he was doing that made him do well, and add a body conditioning program for 1 hour per day of additional hard work to develope that frightening word MUSCLE. You need it more than Dracula needs blood, not tight muscle, not big muslce, but develope the body and get rid of that intercelluar fat all over and have some usable muscular power.
On an unrelated note, read the biography of Micky Ward and the referee Laurence Cole comes off poorly in it. Do you thing he is any good? He seems to be the referee that gets a lot of big fights so someone must like him.
Reply: His father Dickie Cole long the emperor of Texas boxing put a new definition in nepotism with the non ending, embarrassing, no accountability use of Lawrence or if I may. Larry. I know them both and I like Larry, he is a nice good looking kid and family man like Randy Neuman he sells insurance and Lawrence had a nice thing going in selling fight insurance too.
Dickie, Sam and his crew were something to see at the boxing conventions via the NABF and WBC boys. Lawrence got every major fight in Texas since the fall of the Alamo. Remember the major scandal of him going over to the favorite fighter telling him privilge information to aid the favorite in his option to quit and still be ahead on the scorecards. Nice. Sorry I never thought he was a good referee. Nicer hair than me though, at least now.