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Ramon Alvarez vs. Antonio Margarito Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/13/16

Margarito vs. Alvarez

Boxing: Saturday, August 13, 2016 (Centro De Convenciones)

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Ramon Alvarez and Antonio Margarito fight Saturday at Centro De Convenciones for the NABF super welterweight title.

Ramon Alvarez enters this fight with a 23-4-2 record that includes 15 knockouts. Alvarez has won six of his last seven fights and is coming off a January win over James Winchester. Alvarez hasn’t lost a fight since his 2012 bout against Mario Alberto Lozano and hopes a win here can get his career to that next level. Alvarez is an aggressive boxer like his brother and likes to dictate the pace of the fight with a forward style. Alvarez is a smart boxer who also has some pop in his punches with his last three victories coming by knockout. A win here would be a nice birthday present for Alvarez, who turns 30 years old a few days before this bout takes place. Alvarez has fought his whole career in Mexico, his birthplace.

Ramon Alvarez vs. Antonio Margarito Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/13/16

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Antonio Margarito enters this fight with a 39-8 record that includes 27 knockouts. Margarito has split his last six fights and is coming off a March win over Jorge Paez Jr. Margarito looked sharp a few months ago considering he fought for the first time since coming out of retirement in 2011. Now, at 38 years old, Margarito has his eyes set on Canelo Alvarez if he's able to survive this matchup. When in good form, Margarito is a pitbull in the ring who is more than willing to trade punches and usually ends a fight by stoppage if he’s able to tag his opponent. The downside with Margarito is that he is up there in age and conditioning could be an issue if this bout carries out. Margarito has fought a lot of his career in Mexico, his current residence.

This fight is a toss-up in my eyes, as Alvarez hasn’t lost in quite some time and is the more active and younger boxer. However, Margarito has more experience, is well rested and has the power advantage if these two get caught trading punches. You could make a case for either side, but I’m giving Margarito the advantage due to the pop in his punches and the fact he came back for a reason in hopes of getting another big fight before hanging it up for good.

Give me Margarito by unanimous decision.

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