Pop quiz time: What were there more of on Friday night’s Spike TV Premier Boxing Champions broadcast from Biloxi, Mississippi: Rounds of boxing, knockdowns or fur boots abandoned mid-fight?
Humberto Savigne came out Friday night with the kind of game plan that made it clear that the best defense is a good offense.
Of the 14 fights Humberto Savigne has logged as a pro, 11 have concluded before the final bell (including two losses). So one need not possess a Ph.D. to decode the Cuba native’s game plan heading into tonight's 175-pound battle with Thomas Williams Jr.
Ask Humberto Savigne who the biggest threat in the 175-pound division is, and he laughs his gravel-in-a-blender laugh.
Sledgehammer fists, flawless footwork, a steel chin, the stamina of Secretariat—all are vital characteristics for top-level boxers. But there’s another trait that’s just as important: confidence.
Humberto Savigne won a gold medal for Cuba in the 1999 Pan American Games. The year before, he took gold in the Central American and Caribbean Games. As an amateur, he had more than 400 fights while training in Guantanamo with the likes of Erislandy Lara, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Odlanier Solis and Luis Ortiz.
Having overcome his first defeat, Thomas Williams Jr. is out to prove he’s still a championship contender
In August 2014, Thomas Williams Jr. was a hot prospect pursuing his third straight stoppage, this time against former titleholder Gabriel Campillo.