Shiming Zou vs. Jozsef Ajtai Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/11/16
Ajtai vs. Zou
Boxing: Saturday, June 11, 2016 (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Ajtai +5000 / Zou -12500 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Shiming Zou and Jozsef Ajtai fight early Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
Shiming Zou enters this fight with a 7-1 record that includes two knockouts. Zou has won four of his last five fights and is coming off a January win over Natan Santana Coutinho. Zou is one of the more accomplished boxers ever from China, as he has gold Olympic medals under his belt and won gold in the 2011 AIBA World Boxing Championships. In the ring, Zou is a very smart fighter who is able to adjust and has a great team around him led by trainer Freddie Roach. Zou has quick hands and is able to use his length to his advantage. The problem with Zou is that he gets hit a lot and doesn't have a ton of power on his punched despite coming off a knockout win a few months ago. This will be Zou’s first fight in the United States.
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Jozsef Ajtai enters this fight with a 15-2 record that includes 10 knockouts. Ajtai has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a April win over Botond Sipos. Ajtai just turned 19 years old and all 17 of his bouts have taken place since 2015. Ajtai bullied his way through his home country of Hungary and gets his first real shot to make a name for himself as his previous big fight was a knockout loss to Andrew Selby. Ajtai has good head movement and does a ton of movement overall in the ring. Ajtai also obviously has some pop behind his punches with 59 percent knockout percentage. The obvious concern is his age and lack of experience, as Zou is about as decorated as they come. This will be Ajtai’s first fight in the United States.
Ajtai is possibly a name to keep an eye on considering he’s held his own so far in his career and is only 19 years old. But you can’t pick against Zou in this spot as the experience gap is just too large. Zou has proven himself all over the world against quality fighters and should be able to teach the 19-year-old a thing or two.
I’ll side with Zou getting the victory by TKO.