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Miguel Berchelt vs. Jonathan Victor Barros Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/23/18

Barros vs. Berchelt

Boxing: Saturday June 23, 2018 (Poliforum Zamna)

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

TV: ESPN+

Miguel Berchelt and Jonathan Victor Barros fight Saturday for the World Boxing Council World Super Featherweight Title at the Poliforum Zamna.

Miguel Berchelt enters this fight with a 33-1 record that includes 29 knockouts. Berchelt has won his last 12 fights, and he’s coming off a February win over Maxwell Awuku. Berchelt will fight for the second time this year and will be defending his belt for the third straight fight. Berchelt is coming off a third round knockout over a no-name boxer from Ghana and is now taking yet another fight that is truly a subpar title defense. Berchelt is a 5’7” 26-year-old Mexican who has a 71 inch reach and fights out of an orthodox stance. Berchelt is a vicious power puncher who swings for the fences and has seen 18 of his last 19 victories end in a stoppage. Berchelt is deadly when he's in a rhythm offensively and his combinations are tough to overcome. Berchelt has star potential, as he’s possibly the best super featherweight in the world and has quickly climb up the top pound for pound rankings over the years. Berchelt has fought most of his career in Mexico, his birthplace. 

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Miguel Berchelt vs. Jonathan Victor Barros Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/23/18

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Jonathan Victor Barros enters this fight with a 41-5-1 record that includes 22 knockouts. Barros has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a July loss to Lee Selby. Barros lost probably the biggest fight of his career in a unanimous decision loss, but give the Argentinian credit for taking the trip to the UK to box a quality name and hang in there for 12 rounds. Barros has pretty much lost all of the big fights on his resume, but he has been in the ring and stood his ground against some good fighters. Barros is 34 years old and has an orthodox stance. Barros is a hard puncher who has produced knockouts in four of his last seven victories and is a tough fighter who has only been stopped once despite five losses. Barros isn’t afraid to stand in the ring and trade punches, and he’s proven to have a tough chin. Barros can also still move well for his age and does a good job of dodging punches while following it up with a clean counter. This will be Barros’ second career fight in Mexico. 

Barros has paid his dues and isn’t some no-name boxer who isn’t worthy of a shot against Berchelt. However, Barros is also a guy who is usually on the losing side of big fights and is fresh off a loss in his last bout. There were certainly better options on the table for Berchelt, and this doesn’t exactly help his case if you’re considering moving him up the pound for pound list. This simply doesn’t move the needle much for me. Barros can’t match those power shots and the combinations from the young Mexican. Berchelt is going to put on an offensive clinic as usual and win this fight rather easily. 

Berchelt wins this fight.

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