At a press conference before the fights, Raimonds Antonovics told that he was absolutely confident in his abilities: “This is a sport: someone must win, and someone must lose, but the victory will be mine”. And he kept his word, winning with a dry score of 6-0. ()
If we recall the meeting between Raimonds Antonovics and Joseph Fox on the Zloty Tur, we can note a very easy victory for Antonovics. After this victory and the assurance that Raimond brought an even better shape, it seemed that domination would be total throughout all six rounds. But as we noticed, despite the score, Joseph was in obviously better condition than he was on Zloty Tur, and it was very close to Raimonds.
In fact, the first three rounds were very close, there was no significant dominance of Antonovics. Moreover, Joseph Fox pointed out the obvious weaknesses of the Latvian, namely, the insufficient strength of the wrist. It was most noticeable in the first round after Raimonds tried to fight by curling the wrist and pulling diagonally. But Antonovics’ wrist pushed against the stretch of the Canadian athlete and even slightly failed, which made Raimonds come back and try to pull the opponent straight on himself, during which he got a foul. It should be noted that Raimonds had an excellent understanding of the situation at the table: realizing that there was not enough power, he changed the attack vector and turned on the stretch and pronation to the maximum. This allowed him to win at the center and go through the opponent’s wrist, but further fights were delayed.