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Hughie Fury vs. Sam Sexton Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/12/18

Sexton vs. Fury

Boxing: Saturday May 12, 2018 (Bolton Whites Hotel)

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Hughie Fury and Sam Sexton fight Saturday at the Bolton Whites Hotel for the BBBofC British Heavyweight Title.

Hughie Fury enters this fight with a 20-1 record that includes 10 knockouts. Fury has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a September loss to Joseph Parker. Fury is coming off the first loss in his career, in which he was dominated for much of the fight and lost a chance at the WBO heavyweight title. It was Fury’s biggest test up to this point, but there should be plenty of chances in the future for the young heavyweight. Fury is 23 years old, stands at 6’6” and has an orthodox stance. Fury is a massive fighter who moves quite well for a guy his size and isn’t afraid to let his hands go. However, Fury is still a work in progress, as he doesn’t pack the power you’d like from a guy his size and he can be a bit sloppy at times as well. Fury didn’t land much in his bout with Parker, and you’d like to see him be far more aggressive than he’s shown for much of his career. There’s a lot Fury can improve as he climbs the rankings. Fury has fought much of his career in the UK, his birthplace. 

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Hughie Fury vs. Sam Sexton Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/12/18

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Sam Sexton enters this fight with a 24-3 record that includes nine knockouts. Sexton has won each of his last nine fights, and he’s coming off a October win over Gary Cornish. Sexton is fighting for the second time in almost two years and will defend his belt for the first time. Sexton is 33 years old, stands at 6’2”, has a 71 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Sexton is a solid defensive fighter who moves well for his size, dodges punches well and can control the ring. However, like Fury, Sexton hasn’t shown much in terms of punching power, accurate shots and doesn’t have the polished offensive game you’re expecting to see from heavyweights. If Sexton focused more on letting his hands go, he’d probably have a bit more success. There’s also questions about Sexton’s chin considering he’s been knocked out in all three of his losses. Sexton has fought his whole career in the UK, his birthplace. 

This is truly a blah fight between two guys who lack raw punching power, can’t put their punches together well and are often sloppy in the ring. Thank goodness there’s better fights on this Saturday. However, in terms of picking a winner, Fury should win this thing rather easily. Fury is the younger, stronger puncher and still has upside if he meets with the right people. Sexton is what he is at his age, and that’s a guy who tries hard in the ring, wins boring bouts and continues to be fed mediocre opponents. 

Fury gets his bounce back victory.

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