Terence Crawford vs. John Molina Jr. Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/10/16
Molina vs. Crawford
Boxing: Saturday, December 10, 2016 (CenturyLink Center)
The Line: Crawford -3800 / Molina +1900 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
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.
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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.