Duke Ragan Fights D’Angelo Fuentes in Tokyo
In the gym in Cincinnati, a little-known boxer named Duke Ragan watched the world of Olympic boxing and admired the toughness of his idol. When Ragan got older, he went pro and landed his first professional fight.
The young man who has four pro wins (and four victories) is preparing to compete in his first Olympic Games. He’s one of three American men – along with Troy Isley and Keyshawn Davis – competing in Tokyo as professionals for the first time at a Games he could have never dreamed of being a part of.
He’s been through a lot as a boxer, but Ragan is ready to take on the challenge of overcoming the pitfalls that have plagued him in the past. He’s a fighter who has the ability to make the most of every punch he takes, but who also knows how to fight smartly and keep his opponent at bay.
That means that he has the potential to win big, but it also means that he’s going to have to work hard on his craft. It will take some time to refine those skills to the point where he’s ready for a world title run, but it’s an accomplishment that can only be earned with continued work and improvement.
It’s been a successful year for Ragan, who turned pro last November and has gone 4-0 with one knockout. He’s gotten in the ring against opponents of varying experience, ranging from the seasoned Serik Temirzhanov of Kazakhstan to the up-and-comer Kurt Walker of Ireland.
In his most recent fight, he beat D’Angelo Fuentes in a six-round contest that was streamed live on ESPN+ Saturday night at Resorts World Casino in Las Vegas. He came out of the gate with a strong performance, boxing smartly and keeping his opponent at bay.
When Fuentes tried to push the pace, Ragan responded by focusing on his jab and working a combination punching attack that kept the Puerto Rican away from the body. He was able to take control of the fight in the second round, moving around with ease and executing a series of counter left hooks on the body.
But he wasn’t perfect, and he had his moments where he looked to over-compensate for his lack of power. He made some mistakes in the third round, allowing Fuentes to get in close and sway the bout in his favor. He’s a talented fighter, but he needs to do more work on his defense and avoid the adversity that has haunted him in the past.
He’s also a fighter who can fight well on his feet, so his speed will be an asset in the ring. It’s not always easy to box on your feet in a pro ring, but it can be very effective.
It’s important to keep these adversities in mind when you’re competing at a high level, especially if you’ve only just started your career. That’s why it’s so important to do your best to prepare and train hard, so that you can overcome the challenges that come your way.