Manuel Charr vs. Fres Oquendo Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/29/18
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Oquendo vs. Charr
Boxing: Saturday September 29, 2018 (Cologne)
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Manuel Charr and Fres Oquendo fight Saturday in Cologne for the WBA (Regular) heavyweight title.
Manuel Charr enters this fight with a 31-4 record that includes 17 knockouts. Charr has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a November win over Alexander Ustinov. Charr hasn’t lost since his 2015 bout with Mairis Briedis and will be defending his belt for the first time. Charr is 33 years old, stands at 6’3” and has an orthodox stance. Charr does a good job of keeping his hands up in a defensive position and works his jab well. Charr isn’t the most aggressive boxer in the world, but he does have some pop and has stopped four of his last eight victories. You’d just like to see Charr let his hands go more often and bring the fight to his opponent rather than the other way around. The downside is that Charr has been on the losing side of nearly all of his big fights and isn’t the hardest boxer in the world to hit. Charr leaves himself open often defensively and has been knocked out in three of his four career losses. Charr has fought most of his career in Germany, his current residence.
Fres Oquendo enters this fight with a 37-8 record that includes 24 knockouts. Oquendo has won eight of his last 11 fights and is coming off a 2014 loss to Ruslan Chagaev. Oquendo will fight for the first time in four years when he lost the WBA World Heavyweight title. Oquendo has lost three of his last eight fights and had shoulder surgery as well during his absence, so there’s no telling what he looks like at this point. Oquendo is now 45 years old, stands at 6’2”, has a 80 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Oquendo was supposed to fight Shannon Briggs last year, but the bout was canceled due to a failed drug test. When in good form, Oquendo is an impressive power puncher with above average quickness for a guy his size and eight of his last nine victories have come by stoppage. Oquendo has been in the ring with some of the best fighters of this generation, so he won’t be scared of the bright lights, but there’s no telling what he looks like at this age and the length of time he’s been away from the sport. This will be Oquendo’s third career fight outside of the United States.
I’ll be completely honest with you, Charr is not a good boxer and is a punching bag on the defensive end. Yes, Charr has great size, but he doesn’t let his hands go, rarely lands a big punch and is easily countered. Any decent well coached heavyweight who looks to be aggressive can end things for Charr. And while Oquendo used to be that guy, he’s 45 years old and hasn’t boxed in four years. You must be a massive fan of the Big O to be backing the American in this fight.
I don’t like Charr and think he’s a low quality boxer, but he should win this fight. If he doesn’t, well, he should probably retire.