<![CDATA[Boxing RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Sammy Vasquez vs. Luis Collazo Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/2/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/02/02/sammy-vasquez-vs-luis-collazo-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Sammy Vasquez and Luis Collazo fight Thursday at the Horseshoe Casino on FS1.

Sammy Vasquez enters this fight with a 21-1 record that includes 15 knockouts. Vasquez has won 10 of his last 11 fights and is coming off a July loss to Felix Diaz. Vasquez should be very motivated for this fight after losing the first bout of his career in which he took a pounding. The good news is that Vasquez has more than proven he can take a punch and he’s one of the tougher boxers in the sport. Vasquez likes to be the aggressor in a bout and usually gets the best…

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Sammy Vasquez and Luis Collazo fight Thursday at the Horseshoe Casino on FS1.

Sammy Vasquez enters this fight with a 21-1 record that includes 15 knockouts. Vasquez has won 10 of his last 11 fights and is coming off a July loss to Felix Diaz. Vasquez should be very motivated for this fight after losing the first bout of his career in which he took a pounding. The good news is that Vasquez has more than proven he can take a punch and he’s one of the tougher boxers in the sport. Vasquez likes to be the aggressor in a bout and usually gets the best of his opponent when those power shots are landing. Vasquez usually lands a lot of combinations and those countless shots to the body is why he has a knockout percentage of 68 percent. It’s going to be interesting to see if Vasquez takes a more defensive approach this time around. This will be Vasquez’s first fight in Mississippi.

Luis Collazo enters this fight with a 36-7 record that includes 19 knockouts. Collazo has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a 2015 loss to Keith Thurman. Collazo isn’t the boxer he once was as he approaches 36 years old, but his experience against world class boxers and his ability to dictate the pace of the bout still has to be respected. Collazo has always been a tricky southpaw who lands accurate punches and six of his last eight victories have produced knockouts. Collazo also has a respectable chin with only two of his seven losses coming by knockout, and he’s been in the ring with some of the best and the brightest. However, one has to question how much Collazo has left in the tank and if he’s fit to hang with boxers younger and in their prime. This will be Collazo’s second fight in Mississippi.

Experience is a factor here, as Collazo has 256 rounds under his belt and his opponent hasn't even sniffed 100 rounds yet. Collazo will have some tricks up his sleeve and could teach the 30-year-old Vasquez some things. However, Collazo struggled against upper tier boxers even in his prime, and he’s always had stamina issues that have cost him in the later rounds. An even older Collazo likely isn’t going to improve in those areas. Vasquez is the more powerful puncher at this stage and will be eager to to bounce back after his last showing. I’m just not confident Collazo has enough in the tank to hang in this bout at his current age.

Give me Vasquez for the victory.

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:12:44 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72017
<![CDATA[Yordenis Ugas vs. Levan Ghvamichava Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/2/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/02/02/yordenis-ugas-vs-levan-ghvamichava-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Yordenis Ugas and Levan Ghvamichava fight Thursday at the Horseshoe Casino on FS1.

Yordenis Ugas enters this fight with a 17-3 record that includes eight knockouts. Ugas has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a September win over Bryant Perrella. Ugas is coming off the biggest victory of his career in which he treated Perrella like a punching bag and gave the American his first loss. Ugas is an athletic boxer who counters well and has an extremely effective right hand that can hurt his opponent with one shot. Ugas has four knockouts…

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Yordenis Ugas and Levan Ghvamichava fight Thursday at the Horseshoe Casino on FS1.

Yordenis Ugas enters this fight with a 17-3 record that includes eight knockouts. Ugas has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a September win over Bryant Perrella. Ugas is coming off the biggest victory of his career in which he treated Perrella like a punching bag and gave the American his first loss. Ugas is an athletic boxer who counters well and has an extremely effective right hand that can hurt his opponent with one shot. Ugas has four knockouts in his last eight victories and has shown he doesn’t waste time when he has a chance to end things. Ugas is usually always the aggressor and doesn’t mind trading blows, as he’s never been knocked out in his three losses. Ugas hasn’t produced back-to-back knockouts since 2010. This will be Ugas’ first fight in Mississippi.

Levan Ghvamichava enters this fight with a 17-2-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Ghvamichava has won six of his last seven fights and is coming off a July win over Breidis Prescott. Ghvamichava is also coming off an impressive knockout performance and should be eager to fully redeem himself after taking a hard body shot that ended his bout against Sergey Lipinets. Ghvamichava is a strong compact fighter who has a 70-inch reach and is tough to get comfortable against due to his distance and his defensive ability. Ghvamichava has a strong right hand and does a good job of protecting himself by always keeping his hands high and in defensive position. At 31, this is a chance for Ghvamichava to prove he should be getting more national attention. This will be Ghvamichava’s first fight in Mississippi.

This is going to be a fun fight for true boxing fans, as Ghvamichava is a rugged, tough boxer who can frustrate his opponent, while Ugas is the flashy, aggressive Cuban. Ghvamichava is more than capable of winning this bout, but I give the edge to Ugas because of his speed and ability to counter. Ghvamichava is likely going to get tagged anytime he tries to make a move offensively and we’ve seen what can happen when he does take a hard shot to the body.

A solid, solid fight for an undercard, but Ugas gets the victory here.

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 02:30:10 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72014
<![CDATA[Zab Judah vs. Jorge Luis Munguia Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/21/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/01/21/zab-judah-vs-jorge-luis-munguia-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Zab Judah and Jorge Luis Munguia fight Saturday at the Sun National Bank Center.

Zab Judah enters this fight with a 42-9-2 record that includes 29 knockouts. Judah has lost three of his last four fights and is coming off a 2013 loss to Paulie Malignaggi. Judah hasn’t fought in more than three years and at 39 years old, there’s no telling what to expect from the former four-time world champion. Judah has had many previous scheduled flights canceled, which has a lot to do with the delay, and three of his nine losses have come in his last four fights.…

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Zab Judah and Jorge Luis Munguia fight Saturday at the Sun National Bank Center.

Zab Judah enters this fight with a 42-9-2 record that includes 29 knockouts. Judah has lost three of his last four fights and is coming off a 2013 loss to Paulie Malignaggi. Judah hasn’t fought in more than three years and at 39 years old, there’s no telling what to expect from the former four-time world champion. Judah has had many previous scheduled flights canceled, which has a lot to do with the delay, and three of his nine losses have come in his last four fights. When in good form, Judah had some of the quicker hands the sport has ever seen and he’s a tremendous athlete overall. However, Judah didn’t look great the last time we saw him and being nearly 40 years old can’t exactly help matters heading into this bout. This will be Judah’s 12th fight in New Jersey.

Jorge Luis Munguia enters this fight with a 12-7 record that includes four knockouts. Munguia has lost his last four fights and is coming off a November loss to Gaybatulla Gadzhialiev. Munguia will be fighting in the US for the third straight time, as he’s a 28-year-old boxer from Honduras, who is looking for his big break to take his career to the next level. There’s not a lot of film out there on Munguia, but we do know that he has a strong chin considering only two of his seven career losses have come by knockout. Munguia also doesn’t have to worry about rust unlike Judah, with him fighting three times last year. The problem is Munguia hasn’t exactly beaten anybody worth mentioning and his best win is probably against Carlos Winston Velasquez back in 2014. This will be Munguia’s first fight in New Jersey.

I’m always hesitant to bet on old, washed up boxers who are a shell of themselves, as we’ve seen things get ugly rather quickly. Just look at Roy Jones Jr. or Bernard Hopkins if you need recent examples. And while Judah says he wants to win a couple of fights and have a chance at a sixth title later this year, he falls into that category. However, Munguia isn’t a good boxer and hasn’t shown us anything against a boxer remotely as good as Judah, even at this age. I’m a big fan of show and prove, and we just haven’t seen any reason to bet on Munguia against a fighter with an above-average skill set.

It may not be pretty, but Judah should win this fight.

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Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:28:22 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=71828
<![CDATA[Anthony Dirrell vs. Norbert Nemesapati Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/13/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/01/13/anthony-dirrell-vs-norbert-nemesapati-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Anthony Dirrell and Norbert Nemesapati fight Friday night at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino.

Anthony Dirrell enters this fight with a 29-1-1 record that includes 23 knockouts. Dirrell has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a April win over Caleb Truax. Dirrell has had plenty of time to prepare for this fight and is coming off his first knockout since his 2013 bout against Anthony Hanshaw. Dirrell has been highly motivated since losing the WBC super middleweight title and hopes an impressive showing here would give him his rematch…

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Anthony Dirrell and Norbert Nemesapati fight Friday night at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino.

Anthony Dirrell enters this fight with a 29-1-1 record that includes 23 knockouts. Dirrell has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a April win over Caleb Truax. Dirrell has had plenty of time to prepare for this fight and is coming off his first knockout since his 2013 bout against Anthony Hanshaw. Dirrell has been highly motivated since losing the WBC super middleweight title and hopes an impressive showing here would give him his rematch with Badou Jack. Dirrell has clear punching power that has produced 74 percent of knockouts and is usually always the aggressor offensively. Dirrell has won 10 of his last 13 fights by knockout. This will be Dirrell’s second time fighting in Florida.

Norbert Nemesapati enters this fight with a 24-4 record that includes 17 knockouts. Nemesapati has won his last three fights and is coming off a November win over Przemyslaw Binienda. Nemesapati has to be thrilled for this chance to pull off the upset of his career and should have some confidence after winning five of his seven fights last year. Nemesapati is a 21-year-old boxer from Hungary who has solid head movement and decent punching power. There’s not a ton of film out there on him, but Nemesapati is a name to keep an eye on given his success at such a young age and the fact he’ll only improve with fights like this under his belt. This will be Nemesapati’s second fight in the United States and first time fighting in Florida.

Experience matters in fights, and there’s no way Dirrell is losing to a 21-year-old who hasn’t come close to proving he deserves a fight of this caliber. This is simply a stay busy fight for Dirrell until he gets his title rematch with Jack. Nemesapati has a shot to become a respectable name in due time, but he’s simply in way over his head here and could very well get knocked out for the third time in his career.

Dirrell isn’t going to play around here and he’ll easily earn his 30th career victory.

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Sun, 08 Jan 2017 02:51:15 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=70877
<![CDATA[Francisco Vargas vs. Miguel Berchelt Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/28/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/01/28/francisco-vargas-vs-miguel-berchelt-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Francisco Vargas and Miguel Berchelt fight Saturday at the Fantasy Springs Casino for the WBC World super featherweight title.

Francisco Vargas enters this fight with a 23-0-2 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Vargas’ fourth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a June draw against Orlando Salido. Vargas is coming off possibly the best fight of 2016 in which he threw more than 1,100 punches and the judges couldn't decide a winner. Vargas is an aggressive boxer who throws a lot of punches and has clear stoppage power with his last three…

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Francisco Vargas and Miguel Berchelt fight Saturday at the Fantasy Springs Casino for the WBC World super featherweight title.

Francisco Vargas enters this fight with a 23-0-2 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Vargas’ fourth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a June draw against Orlando Salido. Vargas is coming off possibly the best fight of 2016 in which he threw more than 1,100 punches and the judges couldn't decide a winner. Vargas is an aggressive boxer who throws a lot of punches and has clear stoppage power with his last three victories being decided by knockout. Vargas has solid length with a 70-inch reach advantage and wants to always bring the fight to his opponent. The downside is that it’s not difficult to hit Vargas and the shaky defense can make his fights tough to judge if they go the distance. This will be Vargas’ sixth fight in California.

Miguel Berchelt enters this fight with a 30-1 record that includes 27 knockouts. Berchelt has won his last nine fights and is coming off a July win over Suriya Tatakhun. Berchelt is a 25-year-old Mexican boxer who has been climbing the ranks the last few years and will get his shot at the biggest fight of his life. Berchelt is most known for his vicious power shots, as nearly every punch is a haymaker and he has a knockout percentage of 87 percent. If you allow Berchelt to get comfortable and unload combinations, it will end bad for his opponent. Berchelt has a nasty uppercut and doesn’t waste time putting a fight away when he has the chance. The concern for Berchelt is that he hasn’t been on this stage often and this is quite a step up in competition. This will be Berchelt’s second fight outside of Mexico and first in California.

There’s clear value in this spot with Berchelt given his overwhelming power, youth and his powerful offensive attack that can put anybody on the canvas. The problem is the experience of Vargas and the fact that he’s just as aggressive as Berchelt. Vargas isn’t the type of boxer who is going to set back and allow Berchelt to unload without any response. Vargas has shown throughout his career and in his last fight that he doesn’t mind trading punches and proving he’ll be the last one standing. This is a fight Vargas is more than capable of handling.

This should be a fun fight to kickoff 2017 between two offensive minded fighters, but you have to give the edge to Vargas.

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Sat, 07 Jan 2017 17:13:29 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=70787
<![CDATA[Lee Selby vs. Jonathan Victor Barros Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/28/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/01/28/lee-selby-vs-jonathan-victor-barros-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Lee Selby and Jonathan Victor Barros fight Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the IBF World featherweight title.

Lee Selby enters this fight with a 23-1 record that includes eight knockouts. Selby has won 19 straight fights and is coming off a April win over Eric Hunter. Selby continues to fulfill expectations, as the fights have gotten bigger and bigger for the 29-year-old, and he’s passing the tests with flying colors. Selby will defend his featherweight title for the third straight bout and is fighting for the fourth time since…

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Lee Selby and Jonathan Victor Barros fight Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the IBF World featherweight title.

Lee Selby enters this fight with a 23-1 record that includes eight knockouts. Selby has won 19 straight fights and is coming off a April win over Eric Hunter. Selby continues to fulfill expectations, as the fights have gotten bigger and bigger for the 29-year-old, and he’s passing the tests with flying colors. Selby will defend his featherweight title for the third straight bout and is fighting for the fourth time since 2015. Selby is what he is, as he’s a boxing technician with an extremely high IQ and terrific defense. Selby may not be the flashy boxer who knocks guys out, but he simply wins fights by forcing his opponent to make the mistake and knows what it takes to win rounds. Often considered the Welsh Mayweather, Selby makes it tough for his opponent to get in a rhythm. This will be Selby’s second fight in the United States and first fight in Las Vegas.

Jonathan Victor Barros enters this fight with a 41-4-1 record that includes 22 knockouts. Barros has won seven straight fights and is coming off an October win over Satoshi Hosono. Barros is on quite a roll having not lost a fight since 2012, and he’s no stranger to big fights being a former featherweight champion himself. Barros is a hard puncher who has produced knockouts in four of his last seven victories and has a considerable experience advantage in this fight with 276 rounds under his belt. The obvious concern with Barros is that he doesn’t have a lot of marquee wins under his belt and has lost to the most notable names on his resume, including Miguel Angel Garcia, Celestino Caballero and Juan Carlos Salgado. This will be Barros’ second fight in the United States and second fight in Las Vegas.

Barros has earned a shot at a title with his winning streak and can’t be overlooked given his overall track record and punching power. However, Barros hasn’t shown he can beat top quality fighters and has lost to pretty much every notable name he’s faced throughout his career. Also, Selby is looking to set up a sexy payday with Carl Frampton at the end of the year assuming they both take care of business in their upcoming bouts. Selby is way too consistent and too polished defensively to give Barros a shot to end this thing.

Look for Selby to win another fight and get us one step closer towards an intriguing matchup.

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Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:39:56 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=70001
<![CDATA[Dejan Zlaticanin vs. Mikey Garcia Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/28/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/01/28/dejan-zlaticanin-vs-mikey-garcia-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Dejan Zlaticanin and Mikey Garcia fight Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the WBC World lightweight title.

Dejan Zlaticanin enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 15 knockouts. This will be Zlaticanin’s third fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a June win over Franklin Mamani. Zlaticanin will fight for the third time in the United States and is finally being put on the big stage in possible the biggest match of his career at 32 years old. Zlaticanin does a nice job of mixing in combinations and throwing accurate punches that…

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Dejan Zlaticanin and Mikey Garcia fight Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the WBC World lightweight title.

Dejan Zlaticanin enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 15 knockouts. This will be Zlaticanin’s third fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a June win over Franklin Mamani. Zlaticanin will fight for the third time in the United States and is finally being put on the big stage in possible the biggest match of his career at 32 years old. Zlaticanin does a nice job of mixing in combinations and throwing accurate punches that take its toll on his opponent. Zlaticanin also has clear knockout power with five of his last eight bouts ending in stoppage. Zlaticanin is just now starting to fight some of the big boys in the lightweight division, as much of his resume is against tomato cans, but he’s shown to be a very polished boxer with a very impressive offensive attack. This will be Zlaticanin’s first fight in Las Vegas.

Mikey Garcia enters this fight with a 35-0 record that includes 29 knockouts. This will be Garcia’s third fight since 2014, and he’s coming off a July win over Elio Rojas. Garcia looked sharp in his first fight in two and a half years, but it’s important to note it can against an aging Rojas who was also out of the ring forever. It’s no secret that Garcia is one of the top American boxers when active, as he has ridiculous punching power and a high boxing IQ coming from a boxing family. Garcia has won eight of his last 10 fights by knockout and seven of his last nine knockouts came in the seventh round or earlier. Garcia is the real deal, but it’s hard to overlook the fact he’s fighting for just the second time in three years. This will be Garcia’s seventh fight in Las Vegas.

This is going to be a fun fight between two respected names in the lightweight division and two guys who can be very flashy offensively. When it’s all said and done, Garcia is the younger boxer and has proven himself against far better competition over the years. Also, these are the type of bouts Garcia has been waiting for after a long, drawn out contract dispute with Top Rank that took away a chunk of his career. You’re going to see a motivated Garcia in this bout. Zlaticanin is certainly nothing to play with and is capable of an upset, but we haven’t seen him against enough quality boxers to think he can hang in this one.

I like for Garcia to be the boxer to remain undefeated.

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Mon, 02 Jan 2017 01:21:55 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=69863
<![CDATA[Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/28/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/01/28/leo-santa-cruz-vs-carl-frampton-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton fight Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the WBA Super World featherweight title.

Leo Santa Cruz enters this fight with a 32-1-1 record that includes 18 knockouts. Santa Cruz has won 10 of his last 11 fights and is coming off a July loss to Frampton. Santa Cruz is fresh off the first loss of his career in which he landed 25 percent of his punches and lost by majority decision. It’s going to be interesting to see how Santa Cruz rebounds from such a performance and the fact he lost his belt to this very opponent.…

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Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton fight Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the WBA Super World featherweight title.

Leo Santa Cruz enters this fight with a 32-1-1 record that includes 18 knockouts. Santa Cruz has won 10 of his last 11 fights and is coming off a July loss to Frampton. Santa Cruz is fresh off the first loss of his career in which he landed 25 percent of his punches and lost by majority decision. It’s going to be interesting to see how Santa Cruz rebounds from such a performance and the fact he lost his belt to this very opponent. At 28 years old, Santa Cruz has some of the quicker hands in the sport and is a volume puncher who stays busy every round. In the last bout, Santa Cruz threw over 1,000 punches. Santa Cruz also has some pop behind his punches, producing knockouts in five of his last 10 victories. This will be Santa Cruz’s eighth fight in Las Vegas.

Carl Frampton enters this fight with a 23-0 record that includes 14 knockouts. This will be Frampton’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a July win over Santa Cruz. Frampton is coming off arguably his biggest win yet and will be defending his featherweight title for the first time. In the first bout against Santa Cruz, Frampton landed 36 percent of over 600 punches thrown. Frampton is starting to get his feet wet in the United States and showing Americans what the UK has seen since he turned pro in 2009. Frampton is a great athletic boxer with fast hands and has won five of his last nine fights by knockout. However, Frampton has won his last three fights by decision. This will be Frampton’s first fight in Las Vegas.

Despite one judge ruling a draw, the first fight between these two wasn’t that close, as Frampton landed more than 10 percent more punches and was far more efficient in the victory. It’s hard to see that first fight and think this one is going to be any different. Frampton is more patient than Santa Cruz and was able to make him miss a ton in the first contest. If that happens again, you have to like Frampton getting another victory over El Terremoto and holding onto his belt.

I’m siding with Frampton in this fight.

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Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:48:51 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=69860
<![CDATA[Erislandy Lara vs. Yuri Foreman Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/13/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/01/13/erislandy-lara-vs-yuri-foreman-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Erislandy Lara and Yuri Foreman fight Friday night at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino for the WBA and IBO light middleweight titles.

Erislandy Lara enters this fight with a 23-2-2 record that includes 13 knockouts. Lara has won his last four fights and is coming off a May win over Vanes Martirosyan. Lara continues to impress despite getting up there in age (33) and a fifth straight victory could put him in position to get another big payday. Lara is one of the better technical boxers out there who is sharp defensively and lands very accurate punches…

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Erislandy Lara and Yuri Foreman fight Friday night at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino for the WBA and IBO light middleweight titles.

Erislandy Lara enters this fight with a 23-2-2 record that includes 13 knockouts. Lara has won his last four fights and is coming off a May win over Vanes Martirosyan. Lara continues to impress despite getting up there in age (33) and a fifth straight victory could put him in position to get another big payday. Lara is one of the better technical boxers out there who is sharp defensively and lands very accurate punches on the offensive end. Lara simply knows how to wins round with his 74 inch reach and rarely puts himself in danger. Lara has also never clearly lost a fight with his two losses coming by majority or split decision. The one knock on Lara is that he doesn’t have a ton of power with only two of his last seven wins coming by knockout. This will be Lara’s fourth time fighting in Florida.

Yuri Foreman enters this fight with a 34-2 record that includes 10 knockouts. Foreman has won his last six fights and is coming off a June win over Jason Davis. Foreman is out to prove he can still box at a high level at 36 years old and this will be the biggest fight for him since losing the WBA light middleweight title to Miguel Cotto in 2010. Foreman has really slowed down with his workload as he’s gotten older and should be well prepared to give an honest effort in this fight. When in good form, Foreman is a solid defensive fighter despite being knocked out twice, and he does a nice job of controlling the fight. Like Lara, power isn’t going to be a big factor, as 12 of Foreman’s last 14 victories have been decided by decisions. This will be Foreman’s third time fighting in Florida.

Foreman shouldn’t be disrespected, as he is a former champion, has well over 200 rounds under his belt and has been in the ring with some quality names. However, at this point in time, this is a cherry picked fight for Lara and is simply a bout to keep the Cuban busy. There’s nothing that the aging Foreman can do with Lara at this point in his career, as El Oro de Guantanamo is younger, stronger and simply the far better boxer who has never truly clearly lost a fight in his career. It’ll be fun to see Lara box and set off what should be a fun 2017 season, but the outcome of this bout will never be in doubt.

Lara wins this fight easily.

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Fri, 23 Dec 2016 19:50:09 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=68804
<![CDATA[James DeGale vs. Badou Jack Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/14/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/01/14/james-degale-vs-badou-jack-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments James DeGale and Badou Jack fight Saturday at the Barclays Center for the IBF super-middleweight title.

James DeGale enters this fight with a 23-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. DeGale has won 13 straight fights and is coming off a April win over Rogelio Medina. DeGale continues to impress during his winning streak and will defend his belt for the third straight fight. DeGale is a smart boxer who does a nice job of cutting off the ring and is aggressive with his offensive attack that wears down his opponent. DeGale has won his last three fights…

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James DeGale and Badou Jack fight Saturday at the Barclays Center for the IBF super-middleweight title.

James DeGale enters this fight with a 23-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. DeGale has won 13 straight fights and is coming off a April win over Rogelio Medina. DeGale continues to impress during his winning streak and will defend his belt for the third straight fight. DeGale is a smart boxer who does a nice job of cutting off the ring and is aggressive with his offensive attack that wears down his opponent. DeGale has won his last three fights by decision, but he does have some knockout power in both hands and a solid reach of 74 inches. DeGale has also never clearly lost a fight, as his one loss came to George Groves in 2011 and it was a controversial majority decision. As he approaches 31 years old, DeGale has established himself as one of the top boxers in the world. This will be DeGale’s first fight in New York. This is also just the third time DeGale fights in the United States.

Badou Jack enters this fight with a 20-1-2 record that includes 12 knockouts. Jack has won four of his last five fights and is coming off a April draw against Lucian Bute. Jack gets another big fight and will be putting his WBC super middleweight title on the line for the third time. Jack is a well balanced fighter who has a great jab and knockout power that’s ended seven of his last 14 victories. Jack does have a bad habit of lunging forward when punching, which can leave holes in his defense, but he’s fun to watch and tough to beat when he’s comfortable and his offensive game is connecting. The concern with Jack is that he has not won a clear fight since his 2014 win over Francisco Sierra, as his last three bouts have been split or majority decisions. This will be Jack’s third time fighting in New York.

This is going to set the tone early for the 2017 boxing season and is a must-watch for all boxing fans. Jack is the bigger boxer at 6’1” and has an impressive jab that’s sure to keep DeGale honest. However, DeGale is the more complete boxer overall, as he has the IQ, combination of offense and defense and has been far more consistent over the years. DeGale hasn’t shown a chink in his armour yet, while Jack has been knocked out and two fights since 2013 have resulted in draws. You have to give a considerable edge to DeGale winning this fight.

I like DeGale to win another belt.

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Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:15:39 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=68687