Vijender Singh vs. Kerry Hope Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/16/16
Hope vs. Singh
Boxing: Saturday, July 16, 2016 (Thyagaraj Sports Complex)
The Line Singh -2575 / Hope +1300 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Vijender Singh and Kerry Hope fight Saturday at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title.
Vijender Singh enters this fight with a 6-0 record that includes six knockouts. This will be Singh’s fourth fight this year, and he’s coming off a May win over Andrzej Soldra. Singh can now fully focus on this fight after not making the cut for the Olympics this summer and Vikas Krishan snagging a spot. Singh turned pro less than a year ago when he fought Sonny Whiting and has done nothing but turn heads since with six knockouts. Five of Singh’s six fights have ended in the third round or earlier. Despite his lack of pro fights, Singh is an extremely accomplished boxer who is known for his aggressive offensive attack and knockout power. This will be the biggest test for Singh yet. This will be Singh’s first fight in India, his birthplace.
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Kerry Hope enters this fight with a 23-7 record that includes two knockouts. Hope has won five of his last seven fights and is coming off a August win over Poomarase Yoohanngoh. Hope has had nearly a year to prepare for this fight and will have a shot at the biggest win of his career. Hope is a big middleweight at 5’10” and has a strong left hand to keep his opponent honest. Hope also has decent footwork and is constantly active in the ring, which should help against a power puncher. The concern with Hope is that he has zero knockout power in his punches, so he’s going to have to outbox somebody who is more talented than he is. This will be Hope’s first fight in India.
Hope stands little to no chance in this fight, especially when you consider four of his seven losses have been by knockout. Singh will have his way with the Australian and end this bout within a few rounds.
Singh remains undefeated on the pro level.