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Sergey Kovalev vs. Nadjib Mohammedi Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/25/15

Nadjib Mohammedi vs. Sergey Kovalev

Boxing: Saturday, July 25, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino)

The Line: Nadjib Mohammedi +4000 / Sergey Kovalev -10000 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: HBO

Sergey Kovalev and Nadjib Mohammedi fight Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

Sergey Kovalev enters this fight with a 27-0-1 record that includes 24 knockouts. Kovalev’s record and knockout percentage kind of speaks for itself, as he’s one of the more dangerous punchers in boxing and has insane power in both hands. Kovalev has knocked out 10 of his last 11 opponents and is patient enough to take his time before delivering the fatal blow. You must be on the defense at all times when fighting Kovalev, as he can end a fight quickly. Kovalev has shown very little to no weaknesses throughout his career besides the fact we haven’t quite seen the toughness of his chin. What would happen if somebody lands a big shot on Kovalev? This will be Kovalev’s second fight this year after beating Jean Pascal in March. This will be Kovalev’s second fight in Las Vegas.

Sergey Kovalev vs. Nadjib Mohammedi Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/25/15

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Nadjib Mohammedi enters this fight with a 37-3 record that includes 22 knockouts. Mohammedi has won 13 straight fights and hasn’t lost since a 2011 bout against Dmitry Sukhotsky. Mohammedi is coming off a March win over Lee Campbell. Mohammedi is also a power puncher and has knocked out his last four opponents. Mohammedi usually has no problem standing in front of his opponent and going toe-to-toe until his power eventually takes over. Mohammedi has also been waiting for this fight for a while, so he should be quite motivated to be the first to give Sergey an L. The concern is that Mohammedi’s defense can be an issue, as he often opens himself up and is easy to hit. This will be Mohammedi’s first time fighting in Las Vegas.

There’s a reason Kovalev has been putting this fight off for a while, and it’s because Mohammedi isn’t in the same class as him. Mohammedi usually has the advantage in punching power but it’s the case here. This one is bound to get ugly, which is why the odds are insane as they are.

I’d be surprised if this fight goes longer than five rounds. Kovalev will remain unbeaten.

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Sergey Kovalev (KO)

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