Lee Selby vs. Jonathan Victor Barros Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/28/17
Barros vs. Selby
Boxing: Saturday, January 28, 2017 (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
The Line: Barros +775 / Selby -1625 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Lee Selby and Jonathan Victor Barros fight Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the IBF World featherweight title.
Lee Selby enters this fight with a 23-1 record that includes eight knockouts. Selby has won 19 straight fights and is coming off a April win over Eric Hunter. Selby continues to fulfill expectations, as the fights have gotten bigger and bigger for the 29-year-old, and he’s passing the tests with flying colors. Selby will defend his featherweight title for the third straight bout and is fighting for the fourth time since 2015. Selby is what he is, as he’s a boxing technician with an extremely high IQ and terrific defense. Selby may not be the flashy boxer who knocks guys out, but he simply wins fights by forcing his opponent to make the mistake and knows what it takes to win rounds. Often considered the Welsh Mayweather, Selby makes it tough for his opponent to get in a rhythm. This will be Selby’s second fight in the United States and first fight in Las Vegas.
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Jonathan Victor Barros enters this fight with a 41-4-1 record that includes 22 knockouts. Barros has won seven straight fights and is coming off an October win over Satoshi Hosono. Barros is on quite a roll having not lost a fight since 2012, and he’s no stranger to big fights being a former featherweight champion himself. Barros is a hard puncher who has produced knockouts in four of his last seven victories and has a considerable experience advantage in this fight with 276 rounds under his belt. The obvious concern with Barros is that he doesn’t have a lot of marquee wins under his belt and has lost to the most notable names on his resume, including Miguel Angel Garcia, Celestino Caballero and Juan Carlos Salgado. This will be Barros’ second fight in the United States and second fight in Las Vegas.
Barros has earned a shot at a title with his winning streak and can’t be overlooked given his overall track record and punching power. However, Barros hasn’t shown he can beat top quality fighters and has lost to pretty much every notable name he’s faced throughout his career. Also, Selby is looking to set up a sexy payday with Carl Frampton at the end of the year assuming they both take care of business in their upcoming bouts. Selby is way too consistent and too polished defensively to give Barros a shot to end this thing.
Look for Selby to win another fight and get us one step closer towards an intriguing matchup.