We asked experts to share their visions about the fight of Evgeniy Prudnik and Rustam Babaiev. Raimonds Liepins, Janis Amolins, Engin Terzi and Devon Larratt answer. ()
Raimonds Liepins & Janis Amolins:
Rustam Babaiev and Evgeny Prudnik are not very heavy sportsmen but it is one of the most interesting matchups of this card because these guys is battling each other for years. They pulled at 80 kg class on Worlds. Rustam was unbeatable and Prudnik was first to stop him.
If we analyze this fight, we should begin with start explosiveness. My thoughts: starting explosiveness is a favor of Babaiev but Prudnik is very good at stopping him. Probably Evgeniy will find out how to stop Rustam in six rounds but 2-3 rounds starts is for Rustam. In a supermatch format when you get more tired and lactate builds up you get slower, so for first few rounds explosiveness is very important.
The second thing is endurance. I guess it’s Prudnik’s favor. We can remember the longest match in armwrestling history between Prudnik and Girard. Prudnik can pull long time, I didn’t saw him tired. But in a fight with Bresnan Babaiev didn’t lose much power in late rounds, he still can pull great in the supermatch, he knows how to prepare.
Technique. I want to say Prudnik this time because he can pull different styles and Babaiev uses hook mostly. Rustam is very strong in his movement despite the short levers but Prudnik can pull hook, toproll and even triceps. So even if I say that technical they are equal, if Babaiev loses in first round using his style, could he be able to switch to other style? But few years ago at Senec Hand he won Kostadinov with a toproll.