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Anthony Dirrell vs. Norbert Nemesapati Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/13/17

Nemesapati vs. Dirrell

Boxing: Friday, January 13, 2017 (Hialeah Park Racing & Casino)

The Line: Nemesapati +2750 / Dirrell -6000 -- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SpikeTV

Anthony Dirrell and Norbert Nemesapati fight Friday night at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino.

Anthony Dirrell enters this fight with a 29-1-1 record that includes 23 knockouts. Dirrell has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a April win over Caleb Truax. Dirrell has had plenty of time to prepare for this fight and is coming off his first knockout since his 2013 bout against Anthony Hanshaw. Dirrell has been highly motivated since losing the WBC super middleweight title and hopes an impressive showing here would give him his rematch with Badou Jack. Dirrell has clear punching power that has produced 74 percent of knockouts and is usually always the aggressor offensively. Dirrell has won 10 of his last 13 fights by knockout. This will be Dirrell’s second time fighting in Florida.

Anthony Dirrell vs. Norbert Nemesapati Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/13/17

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Norbert Nemesapati enters this fight with a 24-4 record that includes 17 knockouts. Nemesapati has won his last three fights and is coming off a November win over Przemyslaw Binienda. Nemesapati has to be thrilled for this chance to pull off the upset of his career and should have some confidence after winning five of his seven fights last year. Nemesapati is a 21-year-old boxer from Hungary who has solid head movement and decent punching power. There’s not a ton of film out there on him, but Nemesapati is a name to keep an eye on given his success at such a young age and the fact he’ll only improve with fights like this under his belt. This will be Nemesapati’s second fight in the United States and first time fighting in Florida.

Experience matters in fights, and there’s no way Dirrell is losing to a 21-year-old who hasn’t come close to proving he deserves a fight of this caliber. This is simply a stay busy fight for Dirrell until he gets his title rematch with Jack. Nemesapati has a shot to become a respectable name in due time, but he’s simply in way over his head here and could very well get knocked out for the third time in his career.

Dirrell isn’t going to play around here and he’ll easily earn his 30th career victory.

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