Not convinced: Former heavyweight contender Joe Bugner felt many of the professionals in the Young Guns II bouts lacked aggression and fitness last Friday night.
Not convinced: Former heavyweight contender Joe Bugner felt many of the professionals in the Young Guns II bouts lacked aggression and fitness last Friday night.

Bugner not sold on young pros

BOXING legend Joe Bugner has urged Tweed's boxers to unleash the aggression and throw themselves into fitness to become champions.

Bugner, who went the distance with Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier and was rated among the top five heavyweight boxers in the world in the 1970s, was on hand for last Friday night's Young Guns II bouts at the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club.

While he praised the amateur fighters on the card for fighting well, he wasn't convinced by some of the professionals.

“The aggression is just not there to be honest,” Bugner said after witnessing the action.

“The other thing I find really disturbing is a lot of the young fighters are not fit.

“Two or three rounds into the fight and they are huffing and puffing.

“The kids are just not willing to put-in to become true champions.”

He questioned whether the boxers had shirked some of their training responsibilities.

“Not once in my career did I ever let myself down,” Bugner said of his training efforts.

“I did my running every day religiously.”

A fit boxer could recover from a big hit in 50 seconds, but if they weren't fit, that wasn't possible, Bugner said.

He was impressed with Tyrone Jones, however, and said if the young “Red Dog” puts-in, he could go places.

Bugner was more impressed with last Friday's amateur bouts.

“I thought the amateur boxing was excellent,” he said.

“The quality of those amateur boys really stole the thunder.

“It was fast, entertaining and an all-round good night of boxing.”



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