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Rances Barthelemy vs. Mickey Bey Jr. Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/3/16

Bey vs. Barthelemy

Boxing: Friday, June 3, 2016 (Hard Rock Hotel)

the Line: --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Spike

Rances Barthelemy and Mickey Bey Jr. fight Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel for the IBF Lightweight title.

Rances Barthelemy enters this fight with a 24-0 record that includes 13 knockouts. Barthelemy has won five straight fights and is coming off a December win over Denis Shafikov. Barthelemy will defend his lightweight title for the first time and looks to keep his record perfect. Barthelemy is a terrific technical fighter who adjusts to his opponent well and is able to use his lengthy frame that includes a 73-inch reach to his advantage. Despite winning four of his last five fights by decision, Barthelemy does have dangerous power as well if he catches his opponent sleeping. Barthelemy is an overall smart fighter who isn’t going to put himself in a risky spot. This will be Barthelemy’s 10th fight in Florida.

Rances Barthelemy vs. Mickey Bey Jr. Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/3/16

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Mickey Bey Jr. enters this fight with a 22-1-1 record that includes 10 knockouts. Bey has won four straight fights and has is coming off a December win over Naim Nelson. Bey has just one fight under his belt since 2015, as he took a long layoff due to a hand injury. Bey took a warm up fight against Nelson, but this bout is clearly going to show if there’s ring rust or not. When in good form, Bey has good hand speed, decent footwork and is an overall good athlete. Bey puts together combinations well and does a nice job of controlling the ring with his movement. The concern with Bey is obviously his chin, as he’s been knocked out in the past and does leave himself open at times. This will be Bey’s second fight in Florida.

This fight is as close to a toss up as you can get, as both boxers have similar skill sets and they’re both champs, as Bey did have the belt before he was stripped due to him not fighting after his victory over Miguel Vázquez. However, the difference for me is the underrated power of Barthelemy, especially after we’ve seen Bey taste the canvas in his career.

I’m going to side with Barthelemy to keep his belt.

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