<![CDATA[Boxing RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Oleksandr Usyk vs. Thabiso Mchunu Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/17/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/12/17/oleksandr-usyk-vs-thabiso-mchunu-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Oleksandr Usyk and Thabiso Mchunu fight Saturday at The Forum for the WBO World cruiserweight title.

Oleksandr Usyk enters this fight with a 10-0 record that includes nine knockouts. This will be Usyk’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a September win over Krzysztof Glowacki. Usyk continues to work his way up the boxing ladder at 29 years old and will be defending his belt for the first time. Usyk is coming off the first decision of his professional career but still managed to do damage in the victory and is quickly proving he’s worth…

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Oleksandr Usyk and Thabiso Mchunu fight Saturday at The Forum for the WBO World cruiserweight title.

Oleksandr Usyk enters this fight with a 10-0 record that includes nine knockouts. This will be Usyk’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a September win over Krzysztof Glowacki. Usyk continues to work his way up the boxing ladder at 29 years old and will be defending his belt for the first time. Usyk is coming off the first decision of his professional career but still managed to do damage in the victory and is quickly proving he’s worth the hype. Usyk is the total package with his punching power, quickness and footwork, and he hasn’t shown much weakness up to this point. A great showing in the States will gain everyone's attention and open the door for bigger fights for Usyk. This will be the first time Usyk will fight in the United States.

Thabiso Mchunu enters this fight with a 17-2 record that includes 11 knockouts. Mchunu has won seven of his last eight fights and is coming off a May win over Boniface Kabore. Mchunu has been on a tear as of late and will be fighting for just the third time since 2015. Mchunu is an obvious power puncher, but he’s more of a defensive boxer who is most effective with his counters. Mchunu will have his chances to get good shots in if he’s patient and sticks to his gameplan. The concern with Mchunu is that his two losses came against his most notable opponents in Ilunga Makabu and Zack Mwekassa. Mchunu has also been knocked out in both of his losses. This will be Mchunu’s first fight in California.

The fact Mchunu has lost to two of the better fighters he’s faced and has been knocked out twice doesn’t inspire much confidence against a boxer like Usyk. The Ukrainian is one of the better boxers in the world talent wise and will be by far the best boxer Mchunu has faced up to this point. Mchunu isn’t good enough offensively and clearly doesn’t have the chin to hang in this bout. Don’t be surprised if Mchunu tastes the canvas here.

Usyk remains undefeated.

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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:16:08 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66179
<![CDATA[Luis Ortiz vs. David Allen Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/10/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/12/10/luis-ortiz-vs-david-allen-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Luis Ortiz and David Allen fight Saturday afternoon at the Manchester Arena.

Luis Ortiz enters this fight with a 26-0 record that includes 22 knockouts. This will be Ortiz’s sixth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a November win over Malik Scott. Ortiz continues to stay busy despite being 37 years old, as this will be his third fight of the year. Of course, Ortiz remains one of the best heavyweights in the world despite his age and has won 10 of his last 11 fights by knockout. Ortiz has a massive frame at 6’4” with a reach of 84 inches, and…

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Luis Ortiz and David Allen fight Saturday afternoon at the Manchester Arena.

Luis Ortiz enters this fight with a 26-0 record that includes 22 knockouts. This will be Ortiz’s sixth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a November win over Malik Scott. Ortiz continues to stay busy despite being 37 years old, as this will be his third fight of the year. Of course, Ortiz remains one of the best heavyweights in the world despite his age and has won 10 of his last 11 fights by knockout. Ortiz has a massive frame at 6’4” with a reach of 84 inches, and his power shots don’t take long to effect his opponent. Only a handful of Ortiz’s fights have made it past the sixth round and it’s only a matter of time before he lands a shot that changes the whole bout. Of course, the one concern is the fact Ortiz is fighting a month later after going 12 rounds with a quality opponent. This will be Ortiz’s first fight in the United Kingdom.

David Allen enters this fight with a 9-1-1 record that includes six knockouts. Allen has won four of his last five fights and is coming off a July loss to Dillian Whyte. Allen has wanted bigger and better fights, and he’s getting his second credible opponent in a row after struggling in his last bout. However, Allen showed he has a solid chin and may be ahead of the curve despite being just 24 years old. Allen has some good pop in his punches and could make things interesting if he’s able to get off to a fast start. The problem with the White Rhino is that he’s still wet behind the ears and has just 42 rounds under his belt since turning pro back in 2012. Allen has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Allen will have the home crowd behind him and should be more comfortable after just facing a big name and respectable fighter a few months ago. However, Ortiz is one of the top heavyweights in the world and is even better than Whyte. The home crowd can only do so much. This is simply a stay busy fight for Ortiz and a chance to pad his record. I don’t see the young Allen being the first boxer to beat Ortiz.

The Real King Kong remains undefeated.

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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:10:41 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65696
<![CDATA[Eleider Alvarez vs. Norbert Dabrowski Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/10/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/12/10/eleider-alvarez-vs-norbert-dabrowski-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Eleider Alvarez and Norbert Dabrowski fight Saturday at the Montreal Casino in the WBC Light heavyweight eliminator.

Eleider Alvarez enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 10 knockouts. This will be Alvarez’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a July win over Robert Berridge. Alvarez continues to impress as his competition improves, and he’s showing his ability to box rather than being pure punching power. Alvarez can be a free swinger at times and look for the knockout too much, but he’s displaying more patience and looking…

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Eleider Alvarez and Norbert Dabrowski fight Saturday at the Montreal Casino in the WBC Light heavyweight eliminator.

Eleider Alvarez enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 10 knockouts. This will be Alvarez’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a July win over Robert Berridge. Alvarez continues to impress as his competition improves, and he’s showing his ability to box rather than being pure punching power. Alvarez can be a free swinger at times and look for the knockout too much, but he’s displaying more patience and looking for the opening. Still, Alvarez is a power puncher who can be deadly if he connects with one of his haymakers. The concern is that Alvarez does drop his hands too often and can struggle defensively. Alvarez will likely get his shot at Adonis Stevenson if this fight goes his way. Alvarez has fought almost his whole career in Quebec, his current residence.

Norbert Dabrowski enters this fight with a 19-5-1 record that includes seven knockouts. Dabrowski has split his last 12 fights and is coming off an October win over Marek Matyja. Dabrowski has shown to be a decent Polish boxer who fights with an aggressive style and likes to come forward. Dabrowski has been a mixed bag the last few years, but nobody can doubt his toughness and the fact he’s never been knocked out despite his five losses. Dabrowski has fought a bunch of unknown boxers, but he competes until the end and has an iron chin that allows him to hang around. This will be by far Dabrowski’s biggest fight of his career and a chance to really prove himself at 28 years old. This will be Dabrowski’s first fight in Canada and just second fight outside of Poland.

Dabrowski is a tough guy who won’t go down easily and should be eager to pull off an upset given the doors it would open up. However, Alvarez is by far the better boxer between the two and head and shoulders better than anybody Dabrowski has faced up to this point. This is simply a fight to keep Alvarez busy until he gets his shot at Stevenson for the title. There’s nothing Dabrowski has for Alvarez to even consider a shot at an upset. Not to mention this fight is in Canada where the crowd will be behind Alvarez.

Alvarez will remain undefeated heading into the title matchup.

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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:57:48 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65621
<![CDATA[Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Smith Jr. Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/17/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/12/17/bernard-hopkins-vs-joe-smith-jr-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Bernard Hopkins and Joe Smith Jr. fight Saturday night at The Forum on HBO.

Bernard Hopkins enters this fight with a 55-7-2 record that includes 32 knockouts. Hopkins has won six of his last 10 fights and is coming off a 2014 loss to Sergey Kovalev. Hopkins is fighting for the first time in over two years and has announced he will officially retire after this bout. Hopkins has really been hit or miss since climbing up there in age and entering this fight at 51 years old can’t exactly help matters. However, we all know Hopkins is a boxing legend…

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Bernard Hopkins and Joe Smith Jr. fight Saturday night at The Forum on HBO.

Bernard Hopkins enters this fight with a 55-7-2 record that includes 32 knockouts. Hopkins has won six of his last 10 fights and is coming off a 2014 loss to Sergey Kovalev. Hopkins is fighting for the first time in over two years and has announced he will officially retire after this bout. Hopkins has really been hit or miss since climbing up there in age and entering this fight at 51 years old can’t exactly help matters. However, we all know Hopkins is a boxing legend who is very technically sound and has always been one of the more conditioned fighters throughout his career. With so much time off and this being his last fight, we should expect Hopkins to be in good shape and ready to put on a show one last time. Although it's important to note Hopkins didn’t look good in his last fight and has lost a lot of his punching power. This will be Hopkins’ fourth fight in California.

Joe Smith Jr. enters this fight with a 22-1 record that includes 18 knockouts. Smith has won his last 16 fights and is coming off a June win over Andrzej Fonfara. Smith was already on a roll with his winning streak, but now he’s coming off a bout in which he won despite being a +1200 underdog. Smith produced the upset of the year in the light heavyweight division with a first round knockout and now has six knockouts in his last seven bouts. Smith is a clear knockout artist who mixes in impressive combinations and has a vicious right hand. The Irish Bomber can end everything rather quickly, as he showed in his last fight. Of course, the concern with Smith is that he only has a handful of quality opponents, so he could struggle against a boxer as smart as Hopkins. This will be Smith’s first fight in California.

I’m rather surprised with this line, as Hopkins didn’t look good in his last fight, hasn’t fought in more than two years and is fighting with somebody who is basically half his age. This line is rather disrespectful to Smith given the difference in age and power overall, as Hopkins appears to have dropped significantly in power shots over his last few fights. I know Hopkins is the sexy name, probably the smarter boxer between the two and is the feel good story as most want to see him go out on top. However, Smith is the better boxer right now and has a power game that could make this thing ugly at any moment.

The value is on Smith with the plus money and I’m simply not backing a 51-year-old to beat a guy in his prime.

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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:01:10 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65600
<![CDATA[Terence Crawford vs. John Molina Jr. Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/10/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/12/10/terence-crawford-vs-john-molina-jr-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Terence Crawford and John Molina Jr. fight Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center for the WBC World super lightweight title on HBO.

Terence Crawford enters this fight with a 29-0 record that includes 20 knockouts. This will be Crawford’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a July win over Viktor Postol. Crawford will be defending a belt for the sixth time in his career and hopes to keep proving he’s one of the top boxers in the world. Crawford is one of the more well rounded boxers in the sport, as he can make adjustments between rounds…

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Terence Crawford and John Molina Jr. fight Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center for the WBC World super lightweight title on HBO.

Terence Crawford enters this fight with a 29-0 record that includes 20 knockouts. This will be Crawford’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a July win over Viktor Postol. Crawford will be defending a belt for the sixth time in his career and hopes to keep proving he’s one of the top boxers in the world. Crawford is one of the more well rounded boxers in the sport, as he can make adjustments between rounds and break his opponent down or end things with his power game that’s produced knockouts in four of his last six fights. There’s really no glaring weakness to Crawford’s game at this point and he can win a bout in a variety of ways. A convincing win here could give Crawford a shot at Manny Pacquiao at some point next year. This will be Crawford’s fifth fight in Nebraska, his birthplace.

John Molina Jr. enters this fight with a 29-6 record that includes 23 knockouts. Molina has split his last 10 fights and is coming off a June win over Ruslan Provodnikov. Molina has to be feeling good entering this fight considering his last bout he was able to win despite being a +800 underdog. Of course Molina is no slouch and his power shots are some of the best in the super lightweight division, but five of his six losses have come since 2012 and he is getting up there in age as he approaches 34 years old in a few weeks. However, Molina has been in the ring with some of the best active boxers today and has shown he’s able to take a punch as well. Molina won’t go down quietly and always has the punching power to pull off another upset if his opponent isn’t careful. This will be Molina’s first fight in Nebraska.

There’s some serious value with Molina given his experience against quality fighters, the fact he just won as a heavy underdog and his punching power that always gives him a shot against anybody. I wouldn’t be mad if somebody threw a flyer on Molina in terms of the value. However, Crawford is the better boxer right now between the two and has given us no reason up to this point to pick against him. Crawford is the smarter boxer, is quicker and will come in with a gameplan to take Molina’s strengths away from him. Not to mention Crawford is getting a rare fight in his hometown, so the place will be going nuts in his favor.

Look for Crawford to remain unbeaten.

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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:08:40 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65597
<![CDATA[Anthony Joshua vs. Eric Molina Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/10/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/12/10/anthony-joshua-vs-eric-molina-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Anthony Joshua and Eric Molina fight Saturday at the Manchester Arena for the IBF World heavyweight title.

Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 17-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s eighth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a June win over Dominic Breazeale. Joshua will be defending his belt for the second time and could possibly be facing his stiffest test of his career. Either way, Joshua continues to steamroll his competition and has ended all 17 of his fights in the seventh round or earlier. Joshua has shown he’s…

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Anthony Joshua and Eric Molina fight Saturday at the Manchester Arena for the IBF World heavyweight title.

Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 17-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s eighth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a June win over Dominic Breazeale. Joshua will be defending his belt for the second time and could possibly be facing his stiffest test of his career. Either way, Joshua continues to steamroll his competition and has ended all 17 of his fights in the seventh round or earlier. Joshua has shown he’s one of the faces of the heavyweight division, as he throws a variety of punches and has devastating power that doesn’t take long to impact his opponent. There’s really not a weakness that Joshua has shown up to this point, which makes him one of the scarier boxers on the planet right now. Joshua has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Eric Molina enters this fight with a 25-3 record that includes 19 knockouts. Molina has won seven of his last eight fights and is coming off a April win over Tomasz Adamek. Molina is an experienced boxer with 120 rounds under his belt and has faced some of the top names the sport has to offer. Molina won’t be scared of the moment and has a decent right hand that gives him a puncher's chance of pulling off the upset. The obvious downside to Molina is that he’s been knocked out in all three of his losses and hasn’t fared well against his best competition. There’s also concerns with Molina’s stamina, as he’s often out of shape and wears down the longer the fight drags out. This will be Molina’s first fight in the United Kingdom and just his second fight outside of the United States.

Whether it was Deontay Wilder or Chris Arreola, Molina has shown he’s not in the same class as some of the top heavyweights in the world. His punching game isn’t on the same level and his stamina is a joke. Molina also has an unproven chin with three knockout losses. Joshua is arguably the best boxer Molina is going to face at this point in his career and will have the home crowd behind him as always.

Joshua will make light work of Molina and win his 18th straight fight by knockout.

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Sun, 27 Nov 2016 02:19:39 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65063
<![CDATA[Billy Joe Saunders vs. Artur Akavov Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/3/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/12/03/billy-joe-saunders-vs-artur-akavov-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Billy Joe Saunders and Artur Akavov fight Saturday at the Lagoon Leisure Centre for the WBO middleweight title.

Billy Joe Saunders enters this fight with a 23-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Saunders’ third fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a December win over Andy Lee. Saunders will put his new belt on the line for the first time in a fight that has been postponed twice for various reasons. Saunders has really improved his stock the last few years and is inching closer and closer to earning one of those big money fights against…

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Billy Joe Saunders and Artur Akavov fight Saturday at the Lagoon Leisure Centre for the WBO middleweight title.

Billy Joe Saunders enters this fight with a 23-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Saunders’ third fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a December win over Andy Lee. Saunders will put his new belt on the line for the first time in a fight that has been postponed twice for various reasons. Saunders has really improved his stock the last few years and is inching closer and closer to earning one of those big money fights against a superstar opponent. Saunders is a solid technical boxer with great defensive skills and does have some underrated pop with two of his last four fights ending in knockout. The one concern with Saunders is that he hasn’t fought in a year, so there could be potential rust for the champion. Saunders has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Artur Akavov enters this fight with a 16-1 record that includes seven knockouts. Akavov has won his last 11 fights and is coming off a March win over Todd Manuel. Akavov has just 92 rounds under his belt despite being 30 years old, and his seven knockouts have come in his last eight fights. This is obviously the biggest fight of Akavov’s career, as his best opponent was Michel Mothmora in 2015. Akavov is a tough boxer who works hard in the ring and clearly has some pop in his punches that could give him a shot at an upset. Akavov has to be aggressive from the start if he’s going to give himself a shot at the victory. Akavov’s only loss came against Oleg Liseev back in 2012, which was just the sixth fight of his career. This will be Akavov’s first fight in the United Kingdom.

Akavov doesn’t have the experience against quality fighters or the overall boxing skills to give Saunders much concern. This is one of those typical soft matches for somebody to defend their belt for the first time to look good in hopes of landing a big payday moving forward.

Saunders should have little trouble winning this fight in decision.

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Sat, 26 Nov 2016 15:37:54 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=64991
<![CDATA[George Groves vs. Eduard Gutknecht Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 11/18/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/11/18/george-groves-vs-eduard-gutknecht-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments George Groves and Eduard Gutknecht fight in a boxing match Friday night at the Wembley Arena for the WBA International super-middleweight title.

George Groves enters this fight with a 24-3 record that includes 18 knockouts. Groves has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a June win over Martin Murray. Groves has been on a tear since his controversial loss to Badou Jack and will be defending a belt for the third straight bout. Groves has proven to be one of the better boxers in the United Kingdom, as his athleticism and hand speed are…

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George Groves and Eduard Gutknecht fight in a boxing match Friday night at the Wembley Arena for the WBA International super-middleweight title.

George Groves enters this fight with a 24-3 record that includes 18 knockouts. Groves has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a June win over Martin Murray. Groves has been on a tear since his controversial loss to Badou Jack and will be defending a belt for the third straight bout. Groves has proven to be one of the better boxers in the United Kingdom, as his athleticism and hand speed are some of the best in the sport. Groves also has power to go with that quickness, as six of his last eight victories have been decided by knockout. Groves looks to win four straight fights for the first time since 2012-13. Groves has fought much of his career in London, his birthplace.

Eduard Gutknecht enters this fight with a 30-4-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Gutknecht has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a June win over Artem Redko. Gutknecht has been rather consistent lately and despite not being a power puncher, he has produced knockouts in three of his last four victories. Gutknecht is a boxer who likes to stay busy and throws in a lot of combinations and a ton of punches each round. If Gutknecht is allowed to dictate the pace of the fight and be aggressive, he’s more than capable of hanging around. Gutknecht enters this fight with 244 rounds under his belt and was the European light-heavyweight champion a few years ago, so he will also have a big experience advantage over Groves. This will be Gutknecht’s first fight in London and third outside of Germany.

Overall, the only advantage Gutknecht has is in the experience department, as he’s boxed 80 more rounds than Groves and has six years over him as well. Groves is younger, faster and simply the better skilled boxer who can breakdown Gutknecht and has the power to eventually knock him out. The only stoppage Gutknecht has experienced was a 2013 RTD against Dmitry Sukhotsky, a fighter who isn’t half as skilled as Groves.

This fight seems like your routine title defense and Groves should have little trouble keeping his belt.

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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:48:44 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=60087
<![CDATA[Luis Ortiz vs. Malik Scott Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 11/12/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/11/12/luis-ortiz-vs-malik-scott-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Luis Ortiz and Malik Scott fight Saturday night in a boxing match at Salle des Etoiles for the WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title.

Luis Ortiz enters this fight with a 25-0 record that includes 22 knockouts. This will be Ortiz’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a March win over Tony Thompson. Ortiz continues to produce at a high level despite being 37 years old and hasn’t really slowed down much during the process. Ortiz still hasn’t had a fight end in a decision since 2011 and is still the knockout king in the heavyweight division…

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Luis Ortiz and Malik Scott fight Saturday night in a boxing match at Salle des Etoiles for the WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title.

Luis Ortiz enters this fight with a 25-0 record that includes 22 knockouts. This will be Ortiz’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a March win over Tony Thompson. Ortiz continues to produce at a high level despite being 37 years old and hasn’t really slowed down much during the process. Ortiz still hasn’t had a fight end in a decision since 2011 and is still the knockout king in the heavyweight division given his 81 percent knockout percentage. Ortiz is nicknamed King Kong for a reason, as his 6’4” frame and reach of 84 inches gives him huge advantages and helps create devastating power. It’s only a matter of time before Ortiz hits his opponent and when it happens, it’s usually a haymaker that changes everything. Ortiz only has a few notable names on his resume, but the results of his fights haven’t changed regardless. This will be Ortiz’s first fight in Monaco.

Malik Scott enters this fight with a 38-2-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Scott has won three of his last four fights and is coming off a 2015 win over Tony Thompson. Scott seems to be getting back on track after suffering two recent losses and a split decision against Vyacheslav Glazkov. Scott is one of the better technical boxers in the heavyweight division, as he’s a terrific defender and doesn’t put himself in harm's way often. Scott has a good jab and overall does a very fine job of putting his punches together to win rounds. Scott is far from your typical heavyweight with overwhelming power, as he has just three knockouts over the last decade. However, much like Ortiz, Scott doesn’t exactly have the strongest resume in the world and his losses have come against the best fighters he’s faced. This is certainly a show and prove fight for Scott. This will be Scott’s first fight in Monaco.

Ortiz is possibly my favorite heavyweight boxer, as he may not be pretty all the time, but he’s effective and those power shots have broken down nearly every guy he’s stepped in the ring with. It’s not if he’s going to knock you out, it’s when. The concern with Scott is that he doesn’t have that same power to even the playing field and both of his losses have resulted in knockouts. Deontay Wilder and Ortiz are pretty much on the same level of power and the American lasted just one round in that bout.

This is a chance for Scott to really stamp his resume, but I just don’t see him getting through this battle. Look for Ortiz to remain undefeated after this bout.

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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:05:16 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=60075
<![CDATA[Danny Garcia vs. Samuel Vargas Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 11/12/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/11/12/danny-garcia-vs-samuel-vargas-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Danny Garcia and Samuel Vargas meet for a boxing matchup Saturday night at the Liacouras Center.

Danny Garcia enters this fight with a 32-0 record that includes 18 knockouts. This will be Garcia’s fourth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a January win over Robert Guerrero. Garcia is coming off a victory in which he won the WBC World welterweight title and hopes to continue proving he’s one of the best boxers in the world at 28 years old. Garcia is a nightmare offensively, as he has a terrific left hook and does a nice job of dictating the pace…

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Danny Garcia and Samuel Vargas meet for a boxing matchup Saturday night at the Liacouras Center.

Danny Garcia enters this fight with a 32-0 record that includes 18 knockouts. This will be Garcia’s fourth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a January win over Robert Guerrero. Garcia is coming off a victory in which he won the WBC World welterweight title and hopes to continue proving he’s one of the best boxers in the world at 28 years old. Garcia is a nightmare offensively, as he has a terrific left hook and does a nice job of dictating the pace of the fight. Garcia mixes up his punches well and is usually always the aggressor. Garcia does have some pop in his punches but only two of his last seven fights have ended in knockout. The only concern with Garcia is that he can struggle with crafty boxers, as his bouts with Lamont Peterson and Mauricio Herrera were a lot closer than expected. This will be Garcia’s fourth fight in Philadelphia, his birthplace.

Samuel Vargas enters this fight with a 25-2-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Vargas has won his last five fights and is coming off a May win over Juan Armando Garcia. Vargas has been a busy fighter lately and has bounced back nicely from his 2015 loss to Errol Spence Jr. Vargas hasn’t exactly had a lot of marquee fights throughout his career, so he should be excited for the opportunity here. Vargas has some pop behind his punches and does a nice job of lining up his target and throwing heavy shots when he has the chance. Vargas has to be more active with his hands if he’s going to have a shot at the upset here. The concern with Vargas is that he hasn’t fought the best competition in his career and looked outmatched against Spence and Pablo Munguia, two of the bigger fights he’s had. This will be Vargas’ first fight in Philadelphia and only third in the United States.  

Vargas didn't have the proven competition or the track record that provides much hope against a fighter like Garcia. Sure, Vargas is an accomplished boxer and the former NCC Welterweight champion, but there’s huge steps up between Garcia and majority of the boxers Vargas has fought throughout his career. There’s no much Vargas can really do here, which explains the massive line favoring Swift. Garcia is too polished offensively, too experienced and is fighting in his hometown where the crowd will provide an extra boost of motivation.

Look for Garcia to remain undefeated after this bout.

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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:48:14 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=60069