The duel between Tim Bresnan and Rustam Babaev was one of the most anticipated, and the only one with a significant and fresh prehistory that required continuation. Were there any chances for his other outcome? ()
Let's start with the fact that for half the audience, Rustam was a favorite. In the last meeting with the American athlete, he was the winner, he also definitely very well improved his power performance compared to the first stage of Top 8. As he confirmed, the flight to China was easier than to Malaysia, and visually he looked more massive and confident. But the result of the match is 0:6 in favor of Tim Bresnan. What went wrong for Rustam?
Let's get back to their last Vendetta fight #50 in 2018. The first thing that caught my eye: in that duel, there was never ended with a victory in each of six rounds. Each victory for both athletes became technical as a result of opponent's fouls. The second is that Rustam’s grip was very shallow, because of this he cannot fully realize the power of his wrist and “turn off” Tim's pronator. The third - as a consequence of the second, Rustam never entered a closed attack hook during a duel, and only once was able to get into with a sufficiently deep hook, but still in the open position, that is, without covering his arm with his shoulder, and also without turning off fully Tim’s pronator.