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Umut Camkiran (13-0, 12 KO): Turkish heavyweight monster blasts foe

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The Anatolian Lion, heavyweight monster Umut Camkiran, scored a 5th Round TKO yesterday over Mirko Tintor. With the win, Umut improves to 13-0, 12 KO while Tintor drops to 15-4-1.

Should we add yet another to boxing's list of heavyweight young lions?

Perhaps the verdict is still out on the 30 year old Camkiran but he appears to be strong and durable.

Ploddy but explosive, Camkiran dominated his foe over 5 rounds last night, consistently applying pressure and scoring with hooks, uppercuts, rights and lefts.

Camkiran previously fought in April, winning a unanimous decision over Arnold Gjergja (then 33-2, 24 KO). Prior to facing Umut, Gjergja's lone losses in 35 bouts had been to David Haye and Sean Turner in 2016 and 2017.

Moving on up
Camkiran is BoxRec No. 56 heavyweight of 1,307 active fighters in the division. He's already rated above fighters such as Alex Leapai, Otto Wallin, Junior Fa and Nathan Gorman.

We don't know what Umut weighed last night but he appeared to be a bit heavier versus his previous bouts. I'd like to see him drop about 15 or 20 lbs; Should he do so, he'd still have a strength advantage over most guys along with some added speed and finesse.

When he's lighter, his style is the closest I've seen to Mike Tyson's. That's not to say he's on par with Iron Mike BUT his ring moves are very similar.

Head movement
I'd also like to see Camkiran use more upper body movement and add a little more spring to his step... And those things would come should Umut shed a few pounds.

However, weight loss or not, he might already be a tough assignment for a top 20 heavyweight because of his strength, power and relentlessness.

What's next?
At this stage, Umut Camkiran needs to fight more often if he wants to move up the ranks and become a contender by the end of 2020. He should be busier, even if it means facing mid tier opponents. Eventually, it'll make sense to take a big fight against another young lion, such as Tony Yoka, Agit Kabayel or Sergey Kuzmin, or a respected journeyman such as Samuel Peter, Joey Abell, Mariusz Wach or Alexander Dimitrenko.


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