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Argentine Hitter Coria Seeing How It Feels To Fight In Paris

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Argentine Hitter Coria Seeing How It Feels To Fight In Paris

Talk to an ex prizefighter, one who had a little time in the sun, and ask them what positives they took from their involvement in boxing.

Guarantee you after you ask a couple, you’ll see a pattern… Lots of practitioners look back on their careers and realize they were able to see more of the world than their peers, beasts boxing made it so.

I’m thinking about this aspect of being a prize fighter while messaging Argentine hitter Rodrigo Coria, who gloves up Thursday night in Paris, France.

Frenchman in his toughest fight to date, on paper?

The Reyes Boxing Promotions junior middleweight holds a 13-5 (2 KOs) mark. He will tussle with a 22-1 Frenchman, Milan Prat, age 24, at the Zenith in Paris.

Coria, age 25, seems chill as we message about this gig.

“When I got here it didn't seem very different to me from how I live in Argentina,” the skilled lefty said. “I like to get to know countries and cultures, here not too much change, only the language. That is not a language that I've been trying to learn but I can handle myself with the translator.”

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Coria gave an update on how this one came together and such.

“We have had this fight since the beginning of January, since that day we have been preparing for this fight, we were camping in Argentina with my coaches from Argentina,” the boxer continued. “And we went through different sparring partners to get to this fight. We were training with Argentine champions and today we are here in France ready to make weight and wait for the fight. It’s a good clash of styles, this fight, but nothing I haven’t seen before.”

Promoter Reyes was hopping from Detroit to Paris, he will be cornering Coria on fight night. “We like this one, it’s a step up in class, definitely on paper,” he said. “We know what needs to be done, we know who we are, it’s eyes wide open in France, friends! As for the fight, I like when guys go by the BoxRec and think certain things about Coria because his KO ratio is modest. I’ve seen him make people wince so define ‘modest.’

I checked with Alexa, Paris is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard. Note that if you are looking to watch a stream of Plat-Coria.

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.