<![CDATA[Boxing RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Bradley Skeete vs. Shayne Singleton Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/22/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/10/22/bradley-skeete-vs-shayne-singleton-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Bradley Skeete and Shayne Singleton fight Saturday afternoon at the Motorpoint Arena for the British welterweight title.

Bradley Skeete enters this fight with a 24-1 record that includes 11 knockouts. Skeete has won his last six fights and is coming off a July win over Alexandre Lepelley. Skeete has been rolling since his loss to Frankie Gavin and will be fighting for the seventh time since 2015. Skeete is a long, rangy boxer who stands in at 6’1” and is able to use his length to throw off his opponent. Skeete’s defense is above average and his…

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Bradley Skeete and Shayne Singleton fight Saturday afternoon at the Motorpoint Arena for the British welterweight title.

Bradley Skeete enters this fight with a 24-1 record that includes 11 knockouts. Skeete has won his last six fights and is coming off a July win over Alexandre Lepelley. Skeete has been rolling since his loss to Frankie Gavin and will be fighting for the seventh time since 2015. Skeete is a long, rangy boxer who stands in at 6’1” and is able to use his length to throw off his opponent. Skeete’s defense is above average and his power has shown recently with six of his last eight victories ending in stoppage. We’re starting to see the best Skeete has to offer as he’ll just turn 29 years old before this fight and that’s great news for boxing fans in the UK and across the world. Skeete has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Shayne Singleton enters this fight with a 23-1 record that includes eight knockouts. Singleton has won three straight fights and is coming off a May win over Adil Anwar. Singleton has bounced back nicely since his loss to Sam Eggington and two of his eight career knockouts have come in his last three victories. Singleton is an aggressive boxer in the ring who does a great job of mixing in combinations and knows how to jump on his opponent when the chance opens up. Knockout power has never been Singleton’s trademark, but he is a tough guy who doesn’t go down easily and usually simply outworks the guy he’s sharing the ring with. Singleton has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Singleton is going to put up a fight and will get some good shots in to make this fight worthy for however long it lasts. The problem is Singleton just isn’t on the level of Skeete and it’s a massive step up in competition compared to the guys he’s fought in the past. Skeete will take advantage of Singleton's aggressiveness and can simply outbox him round to round. There’s no reason why Skeete shouldn’t win this fight by knockout or unanimous decision.

Skeete wins his seventh straight bout.

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:29:54 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57849
<![CDATA[Ryan Burnett vs. Ryan Farrag Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/15/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/10/15/ryan-burnett-vs-ryan-farrag-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Ryan Burnett and Ryan Farrag fight Saturday at the Echo Arena for the British Bantamweight title.

Ryan Burnett enters this fight with a 14-0 record that includes nine knockouts. This will be Burnett’s ninth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a July win over Cesar Ramirez. Burnett is a rising superstar in the UK at 24 years old and will be defending this belt for the first time since beating Jason Booth. Burnett is rapidly working his way up the rankings since turning pro a few years ago and has taken on this ridiculous workload with a fight nearly…

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Ryan Burnett and Ryan Farrag fight Saturday at the Echo Arena for the British Bantamweight title.

Ryan Burnett enters this fight with a 14-0 record that includes nine knockouts. This will be Burnett’s ninth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a July win over Cesar Ramirez. Burnett is a rising superstar in the UK at 24 years old and will be defending this belt for the first time since beating Jason Booth. Burnett is rapidly working his way up the rankings since turning pro a few years ago and has taken on this ridiculous workload with a fight nearly every other month. Burnett is an aggressive pressure fighter who likes to push the pace and keep his opponent on his toes with his offensive attack. Burnett also has strong punching power but has seen his last three bouts end in decisions. Burnett has fought much of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Ryan Farrag enters this fight with a 16-2 record that includes four knockouts. Farrag has won 11 of his last 12 fights and is coming off a September win over Elvis Guillen. Farrag will be fighting for the third time since June and has a chance to get by far his biggest career victory. Farrag is an athletic boxer who has great movement and throws a variety of punches. Farrag isn’t the quickest or most accurate puncher in the world, but he doesn’t mind mixing it up and trying to win each round regardless of his flaws. The main concern is the lack of power, but while there’s not much pop behind his punches, his four knockouts have come in his last six victories. Farrag has fought most of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

This is a nice fight on a pretty solid card overall, as these are two young guys who have been making noise in the UK for quite some time. However, Burnett is head and shoulders the better boxer here and can pretty much end this thing whenever he likes. Farrag lacks the speed, power and accuracy to hang with Burnett, who is a superstar in the making and will become a household name rather quickly. Farrag is a good boxer, but he’s simply in over his head in this matchup.

Burnett will remain undefeated when this bout is finished.

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Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:10:45 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57396
<![CDATA[Luke Campbell vs. Derry Mathews Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/15/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/10/15/luke-campbell-vs-derry-mathews-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Luke Campbell and Derry Mathews fight Saturday at the Echo Arena for the WBC Silver lightweight title.

Luke Campbell enters this fight with a 14-1 record that includes 11 knockouts. Campbell has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a July win over Argenis Mendez. Campbell will defend his new belt for the first time and looks to put together three solid victories since his controversial loss to Yvan Mendy. Campbell remains one of the more accomplished boxers in the UK and is a balanced fighter who can win a bout a variety of ways. Campbell…

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Luke Campbell and Derry Mathews fight Saturday at the Echo Arena for the WBC Silver lightweight title.

Luke Campbell enters this fight with a 14-1 record that includes 11 knockouts. Campbell has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a July win over Argenis Mendez. Campbell will defend his new belt for the first time and looks to put together three solid victories since his controversial loss to Yvan Mendy. Campbell remains one of the more accomplished boxers in the UK and is a balanced fighter who can win a bout a variety of ways. Campbell has a great feel around the ring and great knockout power who has won seven of his last eight bouts by stoppage. At 28 years old, it feels like Campbell is stepping into his prime and ready to give us his best boxing yet. Campbell has fought most of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Derry Mathews enters this fight with a 38-10-2 record that includes 20 knockouts. Mathews has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a March loss to Terry Flanagan. Mathews has been rather consistent as of late with his only two recent losses coming against respectable boxers in Stephen Ormond and Flanagan. Mathews is an accomplished boxer with nearly 300 rounds under his belt and has that punching power that’s produced knockouts in eight of his last 12 victories. Mathews can also be confident knowing he hasn’t lost back-to-back fights since 2009. Of course, the concern with Mathews is that he has an extremely weak chin and has been knocked out in seven of his 10 losses. Mathews has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

There’s nothing that Mathews can do with Campbell at this stage of his career and it’s really that simple. Campbell can box circles around Mathews and has the power to take advantage of that weak chin. It's highly likely that Mathews is going to be knocked out for the eighth time in his career. This is a cool matchup between two respectable fighters who have accomplished a lot in their careers, but Campbell should have no trouble winning this bout and keeping his belt.

Campbell wins his third fight in a row.

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Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:39:57 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57393
<![CDATA[Tony Bellew vs. BJ Flores Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/15/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/10/15/tony-bellew-vs-bj-flores-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Tony Bellew and BJ Flores fight Saturday night at the Echo Arena for the WBC cruiserweight title.

Tony Bellew enters this fight with a 27-2-1 record that includes 17 knockouts. Bellew has won seven straight fights and is coming off a May win over Ilunga Makabu. Bellew is coming off an impressive win as an underdog and will defend his belt for the first time. Bellew has won five of his last seven fights by knockout and may be experiencing his best stretch of boxing given his increased competition as of late. Bellew will enter this fight extremely…

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Tony Bellew and BJ Flores fight Saturday night at the Echo Arena for the WBC cruiserweight title.

Tony Bellew enters this fight with a 27-2-1 record that includes 17 knockouts. Bellew has won seven straight fights and is coming off a May win over Ilunga Makabu. Bellew is coming off an impressive win as an underdog and will defend his belt for the first time. Bellew has won five of his last seven fights by knockout and may be experiencing his best stretch of boxing given his increased competition as of late. Bellew will enter this fight extremely confident given his recent results. Of course, Bellew is known for his punching power and ability to land haymakers, and he’ll have a chance to knockout a boxer who has never been knocked out in his lengthy career. Bellew has fought much of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

BJ Flores enters this fight with a 32-2-1 record that includes 20 knockouts. Flores has won 10 of his last 12 fights and is coming off a May win over Roberto Santos. Flores is still getting the job done despite approaching 38 years old and has a chance to shock the world on his opponents soil. Flores is a highly experienced boxer with 178 rounds under his bet and has an impressive reach of 80 inches that makes him dangerous when he’s dictating the pace of the fight. Flores also has a proven chin as he’s never been knocked out. However, Flores is showing signs of slowing down with this being just his third fight since 2015 and two of his last three wins have come by decision. This will be Flores’ first fight in the United Kingdom and his second outside of the United States.

This has the potential to be a better fight than what the odds indicate, as Flores is no slouch with a tough chin and a reach advantage of six inches. That alone is maybe worth taking a flyer on the American. However, Bellew is the better boxer at this point of their careers, and he has the speed advantage along with the home crowd. Remember, the only time Bellew ever lost at home was a 2011 bout against Nathan Cleverly.

Flores has a better chance to win than what the odds are tellis us, but the Bomber will still come out on top.

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Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:07:45 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57387
<![CDATA[Ricky Burns vs. Kiryl Relikh Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/7/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/10/07/ricky-burns-vs-kiryl-relikh-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Ricky Burns and Kiryl Relikh fight Friday night at The SSE Hydro for the WBA super-lightweight title.

Ricky Burns enters this fight with a 40-5-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Burns has won 10 of his last 14 fights and is coming off a May win over Michele Di Rocco. Burns has produced three straight knockouts after running into a bit of a rough patch back in 2014. Five of Burns’ last six victories have ended by stoppage and that’s quite impressive for somebody who doesn’t have a ton of punching power. Burns is well known for being extremely…

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Ricky Burns and Kiryl Relikh fight Friday night at The SSE Hydro for the WBA super-lightweight title.

Ricky Burns enters this fight with a 40-5-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Burns has won 10 of his last 14 fights and is coming off a May win over Michele Di Rocco. Burns has produced three straight knockouts after running into a bit of a rough patch back in 2014. Five of Burns’ last six victories have ended by stoppage and that’s quite impressive for somebody who doesn’t have a ton of punching power. Burns is well known for being extremely conditioned and having a higher boxing IQ, two traits that make him tough to beat if you’re a lower tier fighter. Burns will be defending this belt for the first time and has a chance to win four straight bouts since 2011-13. Burns has fought majority of his career in Scotland, his birthplace.

Kiryl Relikh enters this fight with a 21-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Relikh’s fourth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a May win over Joaquim Carneiro. Relikh has done a nice job of quietly building a name for himself, but this is by far the biggest fight for him and his best opponent. We’re talking about somebody who's best competition came against Christian Ariel Lopez and Mikheil Avakyan. There’s not much video out there on the 26-year-old Relikh, but he does a nice job of moving forward and pressuring his opponent, and he likes to work the body as much as possible. Relikh has a great chance to prove he’s more than a decent boxer who beats up solely on lower no-named boxers. This will be Relikh’s fourth fight in the United Kingdom.

You have to question Burns motivation for this bout, as this defense of his belt was ordered by the WBA's Championships Committee. Relikh really hasn’t done anything to deserve such a title shot and should still be working his way up. In terms of boxing, Relikh has a chance if he can get in his body shots and keep the fight as his pace. However, Burns is too wise and too experienced to let Relikh dictate things in the ring.

I like Burns to keep his belt in a fight that could end in decision.

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Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:56:08 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=56577
<![CDATA[Joseph Parker vs. Alexander Dimitrenko Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/1/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/10/01/joseph-parker-vs-alexander-dimitrenko-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Joseph Parker and Alexander Dimitrenko fight Saturday at the Vodafone Events Centre.

Joseph Parker enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Parker’s ninth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a July win over Solomon Haumono. Parker continues to climb up the rankings as one of the top boxers in the world at just 24 years old and is taking on an extremely heavy workload with this being his fourth fight this year alone. Parker is a true knockout artist who has an impressive reach of 76 inches and has won eight…

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Joseph Parker and Alexander Dimitrenko fight Saturday at the Vodafone Events Centre.

Joseph Parker enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Parker’s ninth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a July win over Solomon Haumono. Parker continues to climb up the rankings as one of the top boxers in the world at just 24 years old and is taking on an extremely heavy workload with this being his fourth fight this year alone. Parker is a true knockout artist who has an impressive reach of 76 inches and has won eight of his last nine fights by stoppage. The only downside with Parker early on in his career is that he’s not that difficult to counter, however, he’s proven to have a strong chin and is willing to trade those blows if needed. More times than not, Parker will be the winning side of the power shots. Parker has fought much of his career in New Zealand, his birthplace.

Alexander Dimitrenko enters this fight with a 38-2 record that includes 24 knockouts. Dimitrenko has won his last six fights and is coming off a January win over Drazan Janjanin. Dimitrenko has been on quite a roll recently ever since his 2012 loss to Kubrat Pulev, and now he has a chance to breathe new life into his career with a victory here. Dimitrenko is on the backend of his career at 34 years old and has spent the last few years beating up on garbage cans, but this is his chance to prove there’s something left in the tank. Dimitrenko is a massive boxer at 6’7” and 10 of his last 14 victories have come by way of knockout. This will be Dimitrenko’s first fight in New Zealand and just his third fight outside of Germany. Dimitrenko s also 2-0 in those fights outside of his home country.

The experience of Dimitrenko may provide the German with an advantage and could be enough to take a flyer on the huge odds. However, if Dimitrenko was going to be an elite boxer and beat top tier guys, it probably would have happened already. Dimitrenko is kind of a what could have been type of guy. Meanwhile, Parker is the real deal, has shown no signs of slowing down and is building himself a strong case for some big boy fights next year.

Parker should have little trouble wearing down the older Dimitrenko and likely scoring the knockout in round six or seven.

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Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:07:48 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=56574
<![CDATA[Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/17/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/09/17/canelo-alvarez-vs-liam-smith-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Canelo Alvarez and Liam Smith fight Saturday night at AT&T Stadium for the WBO light middleweight title.

Canelo Alvarez enters this fight with a 47-1-1 record that includes 33 knockouts. Alvarez has won his last five fights and is coming off a May win over Amir Khan. Alvarez if fresh off a nasty knockout of one of the top boxers in the world and has bounced back nicely from his 2013 loss to Floyd Mayweather. Alvarez doesn’t need much of an introduction, as his boxing IQ is up there with some of the best and his power punches overwhelm majority of…

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Canelo Alvarez and Liam Smith fight Saturday night at AT&T Stadium for the WBO light middleweight title.

Canelo Alvarez enters this fight with a 47-1-1 record that includes 33 knockouts. Alvarez has won his last five fights and is coming off a May win over Amir Khan. Alvarez if fresh off a nasty knockout of one of the top boxers in the world and has bounced back nicely from his 2013 loss to Floyd Mayweather. Alvarez doesn’t need much of an introduction, as his boxing IQ is up there with some of the best and his power punches overwhelm majority of his opponents. Alvarez’s size and strength wear down boxers over time. After beating Kahn and Miguel Cotto in back-to-back fights, Alvarez will enter this bout with supreme confidence and hopefully this is a warm up fight leading up to a possible date with Gennady Golovkin. This will be Alvarez’s third fight in Texas.

Liam Smith enters this fight with a 23-0-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Smith has won 18 straight fights and is coming off a June win over Predrag Radosevic. Smith won his belt by beating John Thompson about a year ago and will defend it for the third time. However, Smith will no longer have the crowd support for the first time in his career, as he’s leaving his England home to box where there will be a heavy Mexican population. Still, Smith wanted a big fight and a big name, and he now has a chance to shock the world. Smith has some power behind his punches and likes to work the body although he’ll have to be terrific defensively if he hopes to avoid the inevitable knockout. This will be Smith’s first fight in the United States.

I never like to shortchange fighters, especially somebody who has a belt. But Smith has nothing for Alvarez, as he doesn’t have the speed or power to counter anything the Mexican is going to bring to the ring. This is truly a joke of a fight for Alvarez considering there are so many other names out there that could have set up another marquee matchup. Instead, this is a warm up fight for Alvarez to pad his record and buy himself more time before taking on another big boy.

Alvarez will win this fight by knockout.

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Fri, 09 Sep 2016 02:45:07 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=55782
<![CDATA[Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Franklin Lawrence Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/10/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/09/10/andy-ruiz-jr-vs-franklin-lawrence-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Andy Ruiz Jr. and Franklin Lawrence fight Saturday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino for the NABF Heavyweight title.

Andy Ruiz Jr. enters this fight with a 28-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Ruiz’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a July win over Josh Gormley. Ruiz continues to climb the boxing rankings as he approaches 27 years old and will be defending his belt for a fifth time. Ruiz is a smart boxer who does a fine job of setting his opponent up for the big punch. Ruiz has an effective jab, but his overhand…

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Andy Ruiz Jr. and Franklin Lawrence fight Saturday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino for the NABF Heavyweight title.

Andy Ruiz Jr. enters this fight with a 28-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Ruiz’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a July win over Josh Gormley. Ruiz continues to climb the boxing rankings as he approaches 27 years old and will be defending his belt for a fifth time. Ruiz is a smart boxer who does a fine job of setting his opponent up for the big punch. Ruiz has an effective jab, but his overhand right and left hook is where he does majority of his power. Ruiz has had 11 of his last 14 fights end by stoppage and that has a lot to do with why he’s such a heavy favorite in this bout. Ruiz has fought a lot in California, his current residence.

Franklin Lawrence enters this fight with a 21-2-2 record that includes 16 knockouts. Lawrence has won nine straight fights and is coming off a March win over Grover Young. Lawrence is still finding ways to produce despite quickly approaching 41 years old. Lawrence is an extremely confident boxer with a hell of a motor on him, and he won’t head into the ring thinking he’s a heavy underdog. Lawrence also still has some serious pop behind his punches with his last 12 victories coming by stoppage, and he likes to work the inside and land combinations. Lawrence’s only two losses came to Oliver McCall in 2009 and Bermane Stiverne in 2006. This will be Lawrence’s third fight in California.

This should be an interesting fight that could result in an upset. Lawrence is confident, experienced and will be able to fight his style given the way Ruiz likes to box. There’s also always questions with Ruiz and his weight, as he’s often out of shape and sluggish at times. Given the line, I see value in Lawrence pulling off the upset.

This isn’t your typical boxing match where the overwhelming favorite should walk over his opponent. Lawrence has a solid chance here.

Give me the old man in an upset.

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 15:30:13 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=52497
<![CDATA[Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/10/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/09/10/gennady-golovkin-vs-kell-brook-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook fight Saturday night at The O2 Arena for WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight titles.

Gennady Golovkin enters this fight with a 35-0 record that includes 32 knockouts. This will be Golovkin’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a April win over Dominic Wade. Golovkin has been defending belts for over six years now but faces the ultimate test of fighting a quality fighter in his own house. Golovkin doesn’t need much of an introduction, as he’s arguably the best boxer on the planet and has extreme power in both hands.…

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Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook fight Saturday night at The O2 Arena for WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight titles.

Gennady Golovkin enters this fight with a 35-0 record that includes 32 knockouts. This will be Golovkin’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a April win over Dominic Wade. Golovkin has been defending belts for over six years now but faces the ultimate test of fighting a quality fighter in his own house. Golovkin doesn’t need much of an introduction, as he’s arguably the best boxer on the planet and has extreme power in both hands. GGG has had only three of his 35 fights go the distance and it’s simply only a matter of time before he tags his opponent. The only concern with Golovkin is that he’s not hard to hit, however, he's proven he has a solid chin that’s taken punches from above-average boxers. This will be Golovkin’s first fight in the United Kingdom.

Kell Brook enters this fight with a 36-0 record that includes 25 knockouts. This will be Brook’s fourth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a March win over Kevin Bizier. Brook has been consistently one of the top fighters in the world and has represented England well along with Anthony Joshua. Brook has good fundamentals and a great sense of timing that allow him to land counters and a powerful uppercut. Brook isn’t the knockout machine like his opponent, but his strength and accuracy have to be accounted for or he can be dangerous. Of course, the concern with Brook are the holes in his defense that could cost him against such a power puncher. Brook has fought majority of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

You can’t take anything from Brook and what he’s done over his career. After all, he was the first to give Shawn Porter a loss. It’s also important to factor in the home crowd, as the O2 Arena gets very loud and will give Brook that extra boost. However, Golovkin is the most feared boxer on the planet right now and has given us no reason to bet against him. He’s just an animal and always has that one round where he completely changes things and hurts his opponent. It won’t be different here with Brook’s issues defensively.

Brook took this fight as a chance to slay the dragon and get momentum back on his side. Unfortunately, he’s going to get a loss on his record.

Give me Golovkin by knockout.

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Fri, 05 Aug 2016 14:19:09 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=52494
<![CDATA[Ramon Alvarez vs. Antonio Margarito Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/13/16]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2016/08/13/ramon-alvarez-vs-antonio-margarito-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments 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…

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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.

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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Tue, 02 Aug 2016 19:35:01 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=52293