Joey Abell vs. John Wesley Nofire Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/17/16
Boxing: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 (Black Bear Casino)
The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Joey Abell and John Wesley Nofire fight Tuesday night at the Black Bear Casino on FS1.
Joey Abell enters this fight with a 31-9 record that includes 28 knockouts. Abell has split his last six fights and is coming off a November loss to Oscar Rivas. Abell has become a hit or miss fighter at this stage of his career as he turns 35 years old a day before this fight takes place. When in proper form, Abell is capable of landing haymakers and has proven power in both hands that has produced 11 knockouts in his last 13 victories. Abell is pretty much an all or nothing guy at this point of his boxing career. Besides form and age, Abell also has a subpar chin, as seven of his nine losses have been knockouts, as his go-big-or-go-home swings leave a lot of opening for his opponents. Abell has fought much of his career in Minnesota, his home state.
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John Wesley Nofire enters this fight with a 19-0 record that includes 15 knockouts. This will be Nofire’s fourth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a November win over Yasmany Consuegra. Nofire is an exciting fighter who resides in Miami and is just now starting to gain real attention after turning 30 years old last month. There’s not a ton of videos out there on Nofire, but from what I’ve seen, he has a lot of raw power, a solid jab and an impressive right hand. Nofire doesn’t have a lot of notable names on his resume to this point but has won five of his last eight fights by knockout. The concern with Nofire for this bout is the lack of experience, as he has just 58 rounds under his belt while his opponent has 110 rounds. This will be Nofire’s first fight in Minnesota.
While Abell will be fighting in his home state and is the far more experienced fighter, I’m not sure how anybody can back him in this bout. Abell is in sloppy form, has a lot of wear and tear on his body and is damn near on his way out of the sport with the way he’s looked recently. Nofire is far younger and simply the faster and more polished oxer at this stage. Abell could taste the canvas again if he isn’t careful.
I expect Nofire to get his big signature victory and remain undefeated.