The first headliner of the Cage Warriors trilogy event is a championship bout between two knockout artists, both of which are on respective win streaks. Nathias Frederick vs Matthew Bonner is a perfect main event for new Cage Warriors fans. Both men have high finishing rates and show amazing technique inside of the cage. Let’s take a look at both competitors, and break down their keys to success at Cage Warriors 123.
Nathias Frederick vs Matthew Bonner Comparison
Nathias Frederick is the promotion’s biggest middleweight star and now looks to make a second successful title defense. “Notorious” is one of the finest knockout artists in the UK; he has finished 89% of his fights by KO/TKO and only heard the judges’ scorecards twice in his professional career.
Frederick has a beautiful check hook on both sides, and for such a broad figure, he has amazing flexibility. He also has impressive lateral movement that forces his opponents into uncomfortable positions, consistently leading to a perfectly placed overhand from his rear side. Although hesitant on powerful lead techniques, his jab can snap his opponent’s head back and set up whatever move he wishes to throw or finish with.
“Notorious” came through to Cage Warriors after a huge victory at Caged Steel 22. June 24th is just around the corner, and although Frederick has the most explosive power in the promotion, he might just be facing his kryptonite in Bonner.
Matthew Bonner is making a quick turnaround from his last fight in March. “The Beast” scored a second-round technical knockout with only seconds to go. Bonner used a heavy jab and feints, which was crucial in da his opponent. Bonner kept showing uppercuts and knees, which ultimately kept the fight on the feet. When the bout hit the canvas, it was only for mere seconds, and we got to see just how reliable Bonner’s takedown defense is.
Nathias Frederick vs Matthew Bonner Breakdown
Nathias Frederick vs Matthew Bonner is a matchup between two fighters with power in their hands. It may only take one punch to end the fight, but a technical battle will be preferred. A slug-fest is not to be ruled out, but the first round could give both fighters instant respect after feeling each other’s power.
Frederick will not rush a finish; he is a champion now and knows how to keep that title. A big factor heading into this bout is his mentality; he should work for the finish without rushing in. Bonner has amazing counter strikes, even in the most dangerous situations.
Bonner’s jab will be his best weapon; he extends it perfectly and always manages to blind his opponents to set up his kill shots. Although a takedown should not happen, we have to expect the unexpected. Both competitors want to put one another in the most dangerous situations to earn a victory. With this being a championship bout, the stakes are higher than ever. One thing that is for certain is that both men will be prepared to go to war.
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