Jose Pedraza vs. Gervonta Davis Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/14/17
Davis vs. Pedraza
Boxing: Saturday, January 14, 2017 (Barclays Center)
The Line: Pedraza -180 / Davis +158 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Jose Pedraza and Gervonta Davis fight Saturday night at the Barclays Center for the IBF super featherweight title.
Jose Pedraza enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Pedraza’s fourth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a April win over Stephen Smith. Pedraza continues to prove he’s one of the top young boxers in the world at 27 years old, and he’ll be defending his belt for the third time. Pedraza has very quick hands and doesn’t lose many rounds when he’s controlling the pace of the fight. Pedraza works the body well and does have some knockout power despite his last four fights ending in a decision. The concern for me with Pedraza is that he does have a habit of dropping his hands low, which can open up a counter, but his competition has increased and hasn’t hurt him to this point. This will be Pedraza’s fourth fight in New York.
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Gervonta Davis enters this fight with a 16-0 record that includes 15 knockouts. This will be Davis’ eighth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a June win over Mario Antonio Macias. Davis has been a rising name in the sport the last couple of years and this will obviously be the biggest fight of his young career at 22 years old. Davis is known as a knockout artist who has won five of his last seven fights in the third round or earlier. Davis throws very heavy punches and is always looking to land power shots to the face. Davis has not seen a decision since his 2014 victory over German Meraz. The concern with Davis is that he’s still extremely young with just 43 rounds under his belt, and Cristobal Cruz may be the best fighter he’s faced. This will be Davis’ first fight in New York.
This is going to be a very entertaining fight between two of the promising names of the sport and two young guys who get after it. The difference for me is that Pedraza is probably the better boxer and knows how to win rounds rather than simply looking to land the power shot to end the bout. Davis is still raw and is really jumping right into this matchup rather than working his way up against better competition. This fight seems like it’s too early in Davis’ career and it’s probably going to backfire.
I have Pedraza winning this fight and being the guy to remain undefeated.