|Gold Medalist Yan Barthelemy: Juan Manuel Marquez vs Juan Diaz Betting Odds
By Brad Marchetti, Doghouse Boxing (Feb 24, 2009) DoghouseBoxing.com
Many so-called experts and promoters in the boxing game are quick to write off a hot prospect after his first professional loss. Such is the case with 2004 Cuban Gold Medalist Yan Barthelemy, 6-1, 0 KO's, after suffering his first loss to Ernie Marquez, 7-5-1, 3 KO's, this past August. Every fighter has off-nights, as was the case when a distracted Barthelemy dropped a razor close decision in Phoenix. Yan's former promotional company Arena Box dropped him immediately after the bout and many boxing critics blasted him for being a glorified amateur. The boxing betting odds for Saturday's Juan Manuel
Marquez vs Juan Diaz lightweight fight have Marquez as an 8-5 favorite.
One boxing promoter that sensed that the timing was right to sign the talented southpaw was Top Level Boxing Promotions Henry Rivalta. Henry Rivalta also controls gifted light-middleweight Tony Roman, 8-0, 4 KO's, and sees a bright future for Yan Barthelemy. "I'm telling you nobody is going to beat this guy," said Henry Rivalta. "We have been teaching him how to sit down on his punches more to try and improve his pro style." Barthelemy has had some difficulty adjusting to the pro's after 400+ amateur bouts but is still young enough at 28 to make the necessary adjustments. "I plan on mixing it up more, going for more KO's," said Barthelemy. Yan is known as a slick boxer with great defensive instincts but he understands that the fans want to see knockouts. The boxing betting odds OVER\UNDER for Saturday's Juan Manuel Marquez vs Juan Diaz lightweight fight is at 10.5 rounds with the OVER at -325.
Barthelemy is not without punching-power having dropped more than half of his opponents without scoring a KO (most of his opponents merely tried to survive making them difficult to stop). Barthelemy owns some of the fastest hands in the sport of boxing and is a very skilled combination puncher that throws lots of leather. A ring general that does his business from the left-hand side of the plate, Barthelemy has loads of boxing ability. In the amateurs Barthelemy defeated fellow Cuban Gold Medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa, 14-0 (11), in six out of seven out fights! Gamboa is a future superstar and Barthemey's ledger against him speaks volumes about his potential. Barthelemy was emotionally hurt however when his former friend Gamboa did not stick up for him after his first pro loss. "The past is the past but I have a lot to prove, I still want to be a world champion", said Barthelemy. Top Level Boxing Promotions seems to have a plan for the determined fighter and it would be no surprise to see Barthelemy holding a major belt within the next couple years. The boxing betting odds for the Juan Manuel Marquez vs Juan Diaz lightweight fight have Marquez as a -180 favorite on the moneyline.
Yan Barthelemey Tale-Of-The-Tape
Promoter: Henry Rivalta's Top Level Boxing Promotions
Style: Slick Boxer\Volume Puncher
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