Frank Sanchez could “steal the spotlight” from Tyson Fury as the Cuban heavyweight pursues a career-best win this weekend, says co-manager Mike Borao.
The undefeated 29-year-old clashes with rival contender Efe Ajagba on the undercard for Fury’s third WBC title fight against Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas.
Sanchez trains with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and has vowed to pursue the Mexican star’s success.
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“Frank could steal the spotlight with an explosive victory over Efe Ajagba, most certainly,” said Mike Borao who oversees Sanchez’s career with fellow co-manager Lupe Valencia.
“The reason we’ve had this battle is because Frank is faster and technically superior at miles.
“As the boxing community saw, Usyk’s skill and speed trumped Joshua’s strength and power. Usyk was bad style for Joshua.
Likewise, Frank is bad style for Ajagba. That said, of course there is always danger against a big puncher like Ajagba, but Frank is looking for Canelo type greatness.
“To be great, you have to fight tough fights like this. However, I expect Frank to minimize the danger and neutralize Ajagba’s strength the same way Usyk did against Joshua.”
Sanchez is number 11 in the WBC rankings, while Ajagba is a few places ahead of number 8, and the winner could be strongly positioned to challenge the winner of Fury-Wilder 3 in the near future.
But Borao told Sky Sports: “It would be a big mistake to look past Ajagba.
“Frank’s training camp for this fight was grueling, so he is well prepared and looking forward to the fight.
“Going forward, a win will of course put him on the shortlist of potential title challengers.
“Frank is very close, but we will set the final course with Al Haymon and PBC after he takes a big win on October 9th!”