Preview: Angelo Dragone and Kristian Touze set for western showdown

Preview: Angelo Dragone and Kristian Touze set for western showdown

Carmarthen’s Angelo Dragone (5-0) and Swansea’s Kristian Touze (8-0-2) meet in the latter’s hometown on Friday to determine Wales’ new super-featherweight champion.

Testament to strong local support, the West Walian derby headlines Sanigar Events’ show at the LC2 and it’s being shown live by terrestrial broadcaster S4C.  It’s the first time the 130lbs version of the Welsh title has been on the line since Mark Evans captured the crown in 2013.

It wasn’t clear how Dragone would transition to the paid code. The milkman was admittedly a modest amateur, though banked a wealth of experience against a solid crop of operators and it benefitted his development in the long run. 

Dragone has fully dedicated himself to boxing since turning professional a year ago and has exceeded the expectations of many observers. Working with trainer and manager Richie Garner, he’s craftily fine-tuned his style to suit the rougher action without vests and headgear.

Often compact, productive and consistent, Dragone is likely to hunt for Touze and press ahead on the front foot. The 29-year-old has an underrated jab and is best when able to set himself to unload clusters of short cuffing hooks and uppercuts.

Those sort of up-close inside attacks are exactly the exchanges Touze will look to avoid under the instruction of coach David John. As a natural southpaw, Touze prefers to work at range and is often on the back foot. It presents an interesting clash of approaches. 

It’s likely that Touze will circle the outskirts of the ring, waiting for Dragone to overcommit before darting in with two-fisted flurries. Those combinations aren’t always accurate but can be effective in occupying attention. They’ve become typical of Touze since he turned professional three years ago. 

Dragone’s tight guard may enable him to catch and counter and he must find ways to make Touze uncomfortable when he wants to go for a walk. Both are inexperienced but still fit and should be comfortable doing the 10 rounds, especially having travelled the country to spar with a wide range of quality contenders.

The challenger who dictates pace will be best placed to prevail. Touze has dropped draws on two occasions when he was rushed by aggressive opponents. Those results could either be lessons or an indicator of how the action will unfold, encouraging Dragone to pile the pressure on.

Without a knockout between them, it’s unlikely either will force a knockout, though Dragone’s extra energy and positive body language may persuade the scoring referee to favour the ‘Italian Stallion.’

Lance Cooksey (10-0, 2KO) is waiting in the wings with ambitions to challenge the victor. The unbeaten Rhoose native believed he should’ve been contesting the vacant title; only to state his case after the match-up was made. Cooksey is in action on Mo Prior’s 20 September show at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff.

Come back to on Wednesday for a full preview of Morgan Jones (12-2, 5KO) vs Jake Anthony (6-0), who contest the vacant Welsh super-middleweight title, plus a look at the rest of the show.

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