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Rey Vargas vs. Azat Hovhannisyan Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/12/18

Hovhannisyan vs. Vargas

Boxing: Saturday May 12, 2018 (Turning Stone Resort & Casino)

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

TV: HBO

Rey Vargas and Azat Hovhannisyan fight Saturday at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino for the World Boxing Council World Super Bantamweight Title.

Rey Vargas enters this fight with a 31-0 record that includes 22 knockouts. This will be Vargas’ fourth fight since last year, and he’s coming off a December win over Oscar Negrete. Vargas will defend his belt for the fourth time, as he hopes to prove he’s the top super bantamweight in the world. Vargas is 27 years old who stands at 5’7”, has a 70 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Vargas is a lengthy power punches who has great quickness and is able to get in and out with his quickness. Vargas is usually always the aggressor and when he’s landing combinations, he’s tough to overcome due to his relentless offensive attack. Vargas has power in both hands but has shown more ability to breakdown his opponents considering each of his last three wins have come by decision. The one weakness Vargas has shown in his career is that he has been knocked down a couple of times, so there are some questions about his chin that can be exposed. However, Vargas hasn’t been knocked down since his bout against Lucian Gonzalez, almost three years ago. This will be Vargas’ second career fight in New York.

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Rey Vargas vs. Azat Hovhannisyan Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/12/18

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Azat Hovhannisyan enters this fight with a 14-2 record that includes 11 knockouts. Hovhannisyan has won each of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a March win over Ronny Rios. Hovhannisyan is coming off easily the biggest win of his career, as he knocked out Rios in the sixth round and opened the door to a possibly life changing fight. Hovhannisyan is 29 years old, stands at 5’6”, has a 66 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Hovhannisyan is a smart boxer who takes what his opponent gives him and is an effective counterpuncher, but he also showed in his last bout that he has a little pitbul to him and can jump on things when he has his opponent hurt. Hovhannisyan throws crisp, accurate combinations and boxes with a lot of heart, as he clearly has been waiting for the chance to take his career to the next level. Of course, Hovhannisyan has just one notable opponent on his resume, so it’s going to be interesting to see if his victory was a one hit wonder or something that can be sustained. This will be Hovhannisyan’s first career fight in New York.

Hovhannisyan is capable of making this a fight if he comes into the ring smart, picks his spots and can put sharp combinations together like he did in his last bout. The problem I have is that we’ve only seen Hovhannisyan do it against one noteworthy opponent, so I don’t want to jump the gun here. Vargas is the more proven boxer, has the edge in power and will be able to get in and get out with his shots, making it a lot harder for Hovhannisyan to counter. I need to see more from the Armenian before I have faith he can hang with the better boxers within the division.

I’m siding with Vargas to win a competitive fight.

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