By Matt Casavant
Photo by Herby Whyne
Media and onlookers had the opportunity to witness a prime and ready Kevin Bizier (19-0, 13KOs) Tuesday, at the GYM public workout in preparation for his battle against former unified titleholder Nate Campbell (36-9-1, 26KOs). Bizier was expected to face awkward southpaw John O’Donnell up until about 2 weeks ago when O’Donnell withdrew due to a fractured hand forcing Campbell, an orthodox pressure fighter, to step in as a replacement.
Could the opponent switch on short notice create problems for Bizier? If so, the undefeated welterweight did not appear to be too bothered about the switch: “In a last minute situation, it’s easier to go from facing a left hander to a right hander. We have a boxing strategy similar to when we fought Tyner; strong defense, throw punches at the right time and be disciplined throughout the fight.”
Kevin Bizier’s trainer Marc Ramsay further elaborated on the comparisons between Nate Campbell and Lanardo Tyner, who Bizier won a UD against in December of 2011: “He’s not exactly like Tyner, speed wise and size wise it’s the same thing we have the same type of target in front of us but he doesn’t fight the same way, he’s got heavier hands he’s much more kamikaze like than Tyner was.” As is always the case with fighters trained by Ramsay, sticking to the game plan has been stressed: “Campbell is much more hypocritical; he brings the pace down and then tries to surprise you with a big shot. He’s known for having stopped several prospects in the pro ranks. You have to be alert when you box against him.”
Bizier gave the proverbial “best shape of my career” speech to the media Tuesday, but he truly seemed earnest in saying so instead of the usual cliché fighters give out. The peaked physical condition obtain by Bizier is the result of a meticulous six week training camp, where no stone was left unturned according to the Quebec City product. Conditioning could be a big advantage over the 40year old Campbell, who will be fighting for the first time in his career at 147lbs. The size advantage could weigh heavily in determining the winner in what many expect to be a high volume punching affair: “Campbell might try to fight Kevin on the inside but that’s Kevin’s strength, so I don’t expect him to stay there too long especially since Kevin is bigger than he is, but Campbell can make adjustments he’s a complete fighter. Kevin can fight both from the outside or inside. We have the height and size advantage and will use it accordingly,” explained Ramsay.