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Errol Spence Jr. vs. Chris Algieri Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/16/16

Chris Algieri vs. Errol Spence Jr.

Boxing: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: Errol Spence Jr. -2500 / Chris Algieri +1400 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBC

Errol Spence Jr. and Chris Algieri fight late Saturday night at the Barclays Center.

Errol Spence Jr. enters this fight with a 19-0 record that includes 16 knockouts. This will be Spence’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a November win over Alejandro Barrera. Spence has a lot of promising tools at 26 years old, as he moves well, throws crisp punches and has solid hand speed. Spence des a fine job of getting in and out with his punches, is above-average defensively and has a high boxing IQ for somebody his age. A lot of people consider Spence the future of American boxing, and he’s given us little reason to dispute those claims. However, Spence is still working his way up the totem pole and just now entering some notable names, so we’ll find out soon enough just how good he can be. This will be Spence’s third fight in New York.

Errol Spence Jr. vs. Chris Algieri Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/16/16

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Chris Algieri enters this fight with a 21-2 record that includes eight knockouts. Algieri has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a December win over Erick Bone. Algieri is a smart fighter who does a fine job of controlling the ring with his lateral movement. Algieri has terrific footwork and an impressive reach of 72 inches that makes him tough to counter. Algieri is also a tough fighter with a proven chin, as he’s stood in there with some of the greats, including Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. The concerns with Algieri is that he struggles against fighters with elite hand speed, and he doesn’t have much power behind his punches, putting a lot of pressure on him to win rounds with the judges. Algieri has fought much of his fights in New York, his home state.

This is a big step up for Spence who continues to take on fight after fight in hopes of becoming that household name in the sport. Algieri is certainly no pushover and has already faced the best of the best, so there should be no surprises. Algieri will also have a large crowd advantage being from New York. However, when it’s all said and done, Spence is the better boxer who throws sharper punches and has quicker hands. Algieri is going to struggle to keep up in this bout.

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