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Dmitry Mikhaylenko vs. Charles Manyuchi Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/6/16

Charles Manyuchi vs. Dmitry Mikhaylenko

Boxing: Friday, May 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

The Line: Dmitry Mikhaylenko -1500 / Charles Manyuchi +700 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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Dmitry Mikhaylenko and Charles Manyuchi fight Friday in Ekaterinburg for the WBC Silver welterweight title.

Dmitry Mikhaylenko enters this fight with a 21-0 record that includes nine knockouts. This will be Mikhaylenko’s fourth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a January win over Karim Mayfield. Mikhaylenko continues to rise up the boxing rankings with an undefeated record and already his second fight this year. Mikhaylenko is a great pressure fighter with terrific cardio and the ability to throw a ton of punches over the course of a bout. Mikhaylenko simply outworks his opponents and controls the fight by constantly putting pressure. The only real concern with Mikhaylenko is that he doesn’t have a lot of power, putting pressure on him to win each round due to a lack of knockouts. Most of Mikhaylenko’s career has been fought in Russia.

Dmitry Mikhaylenko vs. Charles Manyuchi Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/6/16

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Charles Manyuchi enters this fight with a 17-2-2 record that includes 11 knockouts. Manyuchi has won his last nine fights and is coming off a July win over Gianluca Frezza. Manyuchi is a tough, confident fighter with solid power in both hands and has won his last seven fights by knockout. Manyuchi also has a proven chin, as his two losses came earlier in his career in 2010-09, and he’s proven he can take a punch. Manyuchi is a champion who hasn’t lost in quite some time so despite being a big underdog, he’s no pushover. The concern with Manyuchi is that he has serious defensive flaws, often leaving his hands by his side and leaving openings for counters. This will be Manyuchi’s first fight in Russia.

This line is a tad bit disrespectful to Manyuchi who has proven himself over the course of his career. However, Manyuchi’s issues defensively could be his downfall here against such a skilled fighter. Mikhaylenko is the better skilled boxer and will also have the home crowd behind him in Russia.

Manyuchi only needs to land a couple of solid punches for a shot to pull off the upset, but I expect Mikhaylenko to remain unbeaten when it’s all said and done.

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