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Carlos Cuadras vs. Juan Francisco Estrada Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/9/17

Estrada vs. Cuadras

Boxing: Saturday, September 9, 2017 (StubHub Center)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: HBO

Carlos Cuadras and Juan Francisco Estrada fight Saturday at the StubHub Center for the WBC junior bantamweight eliminator.

Carlos Cuadras enters this fight with a 36-1-1 record that includes 27 knockouts. Cuadras has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a March win over David Carmona. Cuadras bounced back nicely from his loss to Chocolatito and will box for the fourth time since the start of 2016. Cuadras is a 28-year-old Mexican who stands at 5’4” with a 66 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Cuadras is a lengthy fighter with great movement and uses his jab well to help control and dictate the fight. Cuadras has had four of his last six fights end in decisions, but you can’t ignore his 71 percent knockout percentage, as he does have pop in those hands and did stop the first 13 fighters he faced. Cuadras also has proven toughness, as he’s only been knocked down once in his career and has managed to still be effective despite being cut numerous times. This will be Cuadras’ second fight in California. 

Carlos Cuadras vs. Juan Francisco Estrada Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/9/17

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Juan Francisco Estrada enters this fight with a 35-2 record that includes 25 knockouts. Estrada has won his last nine fights, and he’s coming off a March win over Anuar Salas. Estrada hasn’t lost since his 2012 bout with Chocolatito and will fight for the third time since the start of 2016. Estrada is a 27-year-old Mexican who stands at 5’4”, has a 66 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Estrada is an aggressive, pressure fighter who likes to work the body, has pop behind his punches and doesn’t mind getting in a brawl at times to win rounds. Estrada has stopped five of his last seven opponents and that of course includes a surprising knockout over Giovani Segura. Estrada is also a durable fighter with a respectable chin despite being knocked down twice in his career. This will be Estrada’s fourth fight outside of Mexico.  

This is not only a fight with a title shot on the line, but bragging rights are also in play considering we’re talking about two of the better Mexican pound for pound boxers in the world. Both guys are going to come to win and should be well prepared. You could make a case for either boxer, as they’re both the same size, have strong chins and their only recent losses have come to the same guy, Roman Gonzalez, who is one of the top boxers in the world. However, I’m siding with Cuadras, as I thin he has better movement, will be able to use his jab to his advantage and he has a slight advantage in the power department. 

Close fight that could very well go the distance, but I have Cuadras being on the winning side.

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