Joseph Parker vs. Alexander Dimitrenko Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/1/16
Dimitrenko vs. Parker
Boxing: Saturday, October 1, 2016 (Vodafone Events Centre)
The Line: Dimitrenko +1500 / Parker -3750 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
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.
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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.