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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Sinakin to Face King on April 3

Light heavyweight Benny "The Jewish Bulldog" Sinakin is scheduled to face Afunwa King at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on April 3. Boxing is always an unpredictable sport, a reality exacerbated by the covid-19 pandemic, but if this fight happens, it's good  tough matchmaking for Sinakin.

Sinakin is 6-0 with three KOs. The Philadelphia-native had been fighting regularly since turning pro in 2018 before the pandemic shut down the sports world. This will be the 5'11" 23-year-old's first fight since he swept the cards against Leroy Jones a year ago.

King (2-1, one KO) marks the third fighter with a winning record Sinakin would face. King is a 32-year old from Nigeria who resides in Bronx, New York. The 5'10" King has faced prospects with a combined 4-0 record. In each fight King was expected to lose. His opponents have gone a combined 6-0 since facing him. King is better than his record suggests.

The New York man possesses several strengths. King keeps his hands moving and throws punches from unorthodox angles. He has shown enough power to wobble his foes. In his lone loss, King's overhand rights bothered Juan Carrillo, a 2016 Olympian. Carrillo, a southpaw, scored with some superb right hooks and overhand lefts, but King proved he owns an iron chin.

Sinakin should be able to take advantage of King's weaknesses if Benny is on his game. King is often open to be countered while in the midst of throwing a punch. Carrillo beat him by boxing, landing crisp potshots. King's last opponent, Nadim Salloum, was too defensive and didn't take advantage of the openings in their fight a year ago. King was also a little bit more defensively responsible in that fight.

Sinakin is a better technical fighter. Though he has a tendency to load up and throw wide at times, the Philly fighter should have the option to stand and trade relying on his better punch technique or to box and move relying on his better balance and superior jab. But King's activity, toughness, and awkwardness should pose a legitimate challenge.

This bout is scheduled to be both fighters' first six rounder.

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