<![CDATA[Boxing RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/9/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/12/09/vasyl-lomachenko-vs-guillermo-rigondeaux-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux fight Saturday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden for the WBO junior lightweight title.

Vasyl Lomachenko enters this fight with a 9-1 record that includes seven knockouts. Lomachenko has won his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a August win over Miguel Marriaga. Lomachenko will fight for the third time this year and will be defending this belt for a fourth straight fight. Lomachenko is a 29-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’6” and has a 65 inch reach. Lomachenko hasn’t missed a beat since turning pro in 2013, and…

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Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux fight Saturday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden for the WBO junior lightweight title.

Vasyl Lomachenko enters this fight with a 9-1 record that includes seven knockouts. Lomachenko has won his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a August win over Miguel Marriaga. Lomachenko will fight for the third time this year and will be defending this belt for a fourth straight fight. Lomachenko is a 29-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’6” and has a 65 inch reach. Lomachenko hasn’t missed a beat since turning pro in 2013, and his only loss was a 2014 controversial split decision to Orlando Salido. Lomachenko is the total package, as he has the high boxing IQ, great footwork and is one of the best in the business at boxing from a distance, allowing him to dictate the pace of the fight. Lomachenko is also a highly effective counter puncher due to his head movement and ability to slip punches. Lomachenko makes a strong case as the best pound for pound fighter in the sport if he can get this victory. This will be Lomachenko’s second fight in New York.

Guillermo Rigondeaux enters this fight with a 17-0 record that includes 11 knockouts. This will be Rigondeaux’s third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a June no contest against Moises Flores. Rigondeaux has boxed just one round since July of last year and has a shot at probably the biggest win of his career. Rigondeaux is a Cuban southpaw who stands at 5’4” and has a 68 inch reach. Rigondeaux is widely considered one of the top defensive boxers in the sport, as he does a good job of getting in and out and rolls his shoulder well. Rigondeaux is also a really accurate and powerful puncher who has stopped six of his last 10 victories. Rigondeaux has a really strong left hand and has hurt a lot of his opponents with a powerful blow to the body. When he wants to push the pace offensively and make his opponent uncomfortable, Rigondeaux is capable of being a balanced fighter who can end things on his terms. This will be Rigondeaux’s third fight in New York.

This is just another great fight in what has been a hell of a year for the sport of boxing. These are two of the more decorated amateurs in the sport who both have olympic gold medals, and there will be even more doors opened up for whoever wins. As for picking a winner, there are a couple of things working against Rigondeaux. One, he’s moving up from 122 pounds to 130 pounds, a massive jump that can’t be ignored. Also, while he’s a terrific defensive fighter, Rigondeaux can be dropped when he is tagged, as Hisashi Amagasa, Nonito Donaire and Ricardo Cordoba have all knocked him down. That’s not good when fighting a guy as smart and skilled as Lomachenko, who also has power punching power than most of his previous opponents. 

I have to side with Lomachenko to win this fight.

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Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:04:52 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94635
<![CDATA[Jezreel Corrales vs. Alberto Machado Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/21/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/10/21/jezreel-corrales-vs-alberto-machado-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Jezreel Corrales and Alberto Machado fight Saturday at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino for the WBA Super World Super Featherweight Title.

Jezreel Corrales enters this fight with a 22-1 record that includes eight knockouts. Corrales has won his last nine fights, and he’s coming off a July win over Robinson Castellanos. Corrales hasn’t lost since his 2009 bout with Jhonatan Arenas and is fighting for the fourth time since 2016. Corrales is a 26-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’6” and has a 67 inch reach. Corrales is a rangy boxer who has a unique stance and is able…

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Jezreel Corrales and Alberto Machado fight Saturday at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino for the WBA Super World Super Featherweight Title.

Jezreel Corrales enters this fight with a 22-1 record that includes eight knockouts. Corrales has won his last nine fights, and he’s coming off a July win over Robinson Castellanos. Corrales hasn’t lost since his 2009 bout with Jhonatan Arenas and is fighting for the fourth time since 2016. Corrales is a 26-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’6” and has a 67 inch reach. Corrales is a rangy boxer who has a unique stance and is able to duck and dodge as he’s throwing punches. It’s really hard to get comfortable against a boxer like Corrales, and he has extremely quick hands that he’ll put to good use once his opponent rushes in. Corrales is very solid defensively with his constant movement and is a countering machine, especially to slower fighters. Corrales isn’t known for his punching power, but seven of his last eight fights have ended in some sort of stoppage. This will be Corrales’ second fight in the United States.  

Alberto Machado enters this fight with a 18-0 record that includes 15 knockouts. This will be Machado’s third fight this year, and he’s coming off a August win over Carlos Morales. Machado is fighting for the seventh time since 2016, and this would be the biggest win of his career yet. Machado is a 27-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’10” and has a 72 inch reach. Machado is a big super featherweight who packs some serious one-punch knockout potential, as he showed against Orlando Rizo. Machado has won 12 of his last 13 fights by knockout and has very quick hands that make him dangerous on counters. You don’t see the combination of size and power in this division often that Machado has, and it’s why he’s been climbing the charts rather quickly the past couple of years. Once Machado gets his timing down and gets comfortable on the offensive end, it’s pretty much all over for his opponent. This will be Machado’s fifth fight in the United States.

HBO finally gives us a wonderful fight after Showtime has been stealing all the headlines all year long. We have the awkwardness and the speed of Corrales while Machado brings the power and physicality. Machado has a huge size advantage here and could wear down Corrales in the clinch and maybe steal a power shot when it’s least expected. There’s reasons to consider Machado in this fight. However, Corrales is the more polished and battle tested fighter between the two and his head movement along with his distance is going to make it tough for Machado to square up those haymakers. Corrales is too slippery and smart to play into Machado’s hands.

Great fight, but I’m siding with Corrales to provide Machado’s first loss.

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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 02:45:29 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94512
<![CDATA[Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/28/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/10/28/anthony-joshua-vs-kubrat-pulev-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev fight Saturday at Principality Stadium for IBF World Heavyweight Title.

Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 19-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Wladimir Klitschko. Joshua will fight for the second time this year and is defending his belt for a fourth time. Joshua is a 28-year-old who stands at 6’6”, 82 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Widely considered the best heavyweight in the world, Joshua is the total package in terms of power, footwork,…

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Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev fight Saturday at Principality Stadium for IBF World Heavyweight Title.

Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 19-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Wladimir Klitschko. Joshua will fight for the second time this year and is defending his belt for a fourth time. Joshua is a 28-year-old who stands at 6’6”, 82 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Widely considered the best heavyweight in the world, Joshua is the total package in terms of power, footwork, IQ and hand speed. There’s very few weaknesses in Joshua’s game, although he was knocked down in his last bout and showed some chinks in the armor for the first time in his career. Joshua has ended 18 of his 19 fights in the seventh round or earlier and showed he has the endurance to still be effective in the later rounds if needed. It’s going to take a special performance from a special boxer to outclass Joshua when he’s on his game. Joshua has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace. 

Kubrat Pulev enters this fight with a 25-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Pulev has won his last five fights, and he’s coming off a April win over Kevin Johnson. Pulev hasn’t lost since his 2014 bout with Wladimir Klitschko and has a shot at easily the biggest win of his career. Pulev is a 36-year-old who stands at 6’4” and has an orthodox stance. Pulev is a smart boxer who uses his range well and doesn’t allow his opponents to get comfortable. A physical and large boxer, Pulev doesn’t allow boxers to lean on him and box from the inside, so he forces his opponent to fight his style fight. Pulev does a good job of finding openings in his opponents defense and lands with great accuracy. Pulev isn’t known for his punching power, but he has produced stoppages in six of his last 10 victories. This will be Pulev’s first fight in the United Kingdom.   

This is a cool fight in terms of big names and ticket sales, but I have a hard time imagining anybody thinks Pulev can win this fight. Pulev doesn’t have the power to match Joshua, and he’s 36 years old who has spent the past couple of years fighting guys who are washed up. While victories are victories, beating Johnson and Samuel Peter at this stage of their careers isn’t convincing me he has enough in the tank to beat one of the top pound for pound and the best heavyweight in the world. Joshua is the bigger and more powerful fighter, and he proved he can overcome adversity while having enough stamina to finish things in the later rounds. This is likely going to be another stoppage for the hometown fighter.

Joshua remains undefeated.

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Wed, 13 Sep 2017 03:47:35 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94386
<![CDATA[Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 11/4/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/11/04/deontay-wilder-vs-luis-ortiz-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz fight Saturday at the Barclays Center for the WBC heavyweight title.

Deontay Wilder enters this fight with a 38-0 record that includes 37 knockouts. This will be Wilder’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a February win over Gerald Washington. Wilder is fighting for the second time this year and will be fighting outside of Alabama for the second time in his last six fights. Wilder is a 32-year-old American who stands at 6’7”, has an 83 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Wilder is an athletic boxer with terrific length and is…

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Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz fight Saturday at the Barclays Center for the WBC heavyweight title.

Deontay Wilder enters this fight with a 38-0 record that includes 37 knockouts. This will be Wilder’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a February win over Gerald Washington. Wilder is fighting for the second time this year and will be fighting outside of Alabama for the second time in his last six fights. Wilder is a 32-year-old American who stands at 6’7”, has an 83 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Wilder is an athletic boxer with terrific length and is built like a linebacker who has pure raw strength. Wilder has a devastating right hand that’s ended majority of his fights, and Bermane Stiverne is the only person to go the distance with him. From an offensive standpoint and physical presence, Wilder is one of the scarier boxers on the planet. The concerns are that Wilder can be a bit wild at times and lacks great technique, and he also lacks the quality names on his resume to prove he’s as good as his record. This will be Wilder’s second fight in New York.

Luis Ortiz enters this fight with a 27-0 record that includes 23 knockouts. This will be Ortiz’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over David Allen. Ortiz will be fighting for the first time this year and looks to build on the momentum of some of the best wins of his career. Ortiz is a 38-year-old Cuban who stands at 6’4”, has an 84 inch reach and is a southpaw. Ortiz moves well for a guy his size and has underrated hand speed, as he mixes in combinations well to go along with his obvious punching power. Ortiz cuts the ring off well with his size and unleashes power punches that wear his opponent down. Ortiz can also take a punch and has never been knocked down in his career. A total of 23 of Ortiz’s last 24 victories have come by some sort of stoppage. The concern is obviously Ortiz’s age, as you have to question when the big man is going to wear down and if he can hang with Wilder’s athleticism. This will be Ortiz’s third fight in New York.

I have my same concerns with Wilder that most boxing fans have, and it’s that he has very little technique and relies all on his punching power and wild swinging. An experienced boxer such as Ortiz who can match in power but also has a good boxing IQ, is a tricky southpaw and has the footwork can give Wilder serious problems. Even with that said, I’m still leaning Wilder because of the athleticism and the size advantage. I’m not sure Ortiz can be effective in later rounds against Wilder and the three-inch height advantage opens up tons of angles on counters. This is the biggest test of Wilder’s career, but his size does open the door to victory.

Must-watch fight, but I’m siding with Wilder to be the guy who remains undefeated.

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Wed, 13 Sep 2017 02:47:26 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94383
<![CDATA[Sergey Kovalev vs. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 11/25/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/11/25/sergey-kovalev-vs-vyacheslav-shabranskyy-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Sergey Kovalev and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy fight Saturday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. 

Sergey Kovalev enters this fight with a 30-2-1 record that includes 26 knockouts. Kovalev has won six of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a June loss to Andre Ward. Kovalev looks for his first victory since his 2016 bout with Isaac Chilemba, and he’s coming off back-to-back losses to Ward. Kovalev is a 34-year-old Russian who stands at 6’0”, has a 70.5 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Kovalev is an extremely smart boxer who picks his spots well and waits for…

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Sergey Kovalev and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy fight Saturday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. 

Sergey Kovalev enters this fight with a 30-2-1 record that includes 26 knockouts. Kovalev has won six of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a June loss to Andre Ward. Kovalev looks for his first victory since his 2016 bout with Isaac Chilemba, and he’s coming off back-to-back losses to Ward. Kovalev is a 34-year-old Russian who stands at 6’0”, has a 70.5 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Kovalev is an extremely smart boxer who picks his spots well and waits for his opponent to make a mistake before taking over a fight. Everybody in the building knows Kovalev has the punching power to end things whenever, but it’s his patience and timing that makes him most dangerous when you combine that pop. Kovalev also has a very strong chin, as he’s only been knocked down once in his career and only his last bout was a loss by TKO. This will be Kovalev’s first fight in New York.

Vyacheslav Shabranskyy enters this fight with a 19-1 record that includes 16 knockouts. Shabranskyy has won five of his last fights, and he’s coming off a August win over Todd Unthank May. Shabranskyy has won back-to-back fights since losing to Sullivan Barrera and will fight for the third time this year. Shabranskyy is a 30-year-old Ukrainian who stands at 6’3”, has a 75 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Shabranskyy is a massive boxer who has impressive punching power and can be a bit of a free swinger. Shabranskyy can be a bit wild at times, but nine of his last 10 wins have come by stoppage and he’s a fighter who is going to dictate the pace with his pressure style. The problem with Shabranskyy is that his resume can be questioned a bit, as his best and only high quality victory was his 2015 bout with Yunieski Gonzalez. This will be Shabranskyy’s first fight in New York.

This is a nice clash of styles, as Shabranskyy wants to be the aggressor and throw volume punches to the body, while Kovalev picks his spots and waits for openings to create before going to work. Shabranskyy has a massive size advantage over Kovalev, and that could help open the door to an upset here. However, Kovalev is the better boxer overall and far more polished. His IQ will allow him to counter anytime Shabranskyy gets sloppy with his punches, and that will be the difference here. Kovalev isn’t the fighter you can rush and look to end things quickly, as you have to box him for 12 rounds. Shabranskyy isn’t capable of doing that.

Kovalev gets the nod here.

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Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:56:48 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94332
<![CDATA[Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor Boxing Prop Bets & Odds - 8/26/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/08/26/floyd-mayweather-jr-vs-conor-mcgregor-boxing-prop-bets-and-odds#comments We’re inching closer and closer to the Floyd Mayweather - Connor McGregor fight, and after writing nearly 600 words on who will win, it’s time to take a look at some of the prop bets. That’s right, if you’re not willing to lay down an insane price on the unquestionable outcome, you can find much better value on the props to make a better profit with less risk.

Mayweather - McGregor Fight Prediction

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We’re inching closer and closer to the Floyd Mayweather - Connor McGregor fight, and after writing nearly 600 words on who will win, it’s time to take a look at some of the prop bets. That’s right, if you’re not willing to lay down an insane price on the unquestionable outcome, you can find much better value on the props to make a better profit with less risk.

Mayweather - McGregor Fight Prediction

So, here are some of the prop bets available that are worth betting on if you’re looking for extra action or finding a reasonable way to bet this fight period.

Physical Confrontation at Press Conference: Mayweather was very calm and cool during the first press conference and didn’t seem to be bothered by the show McGregor was trying to put on. Mayweather has been here before countless times and isn’t going to get out of character just because this is a unique event. Fights at press conferences usually only happen when the two guys either truly hate each other or when they’re trying to build the event even more. These guys have no past history and this fight doesn’t need anymore hype considering it has the attention of combat sport fans everywhere. There won’t be a physical confrontation between these two outside of the fight. No - 300 

Total Pay-Per-View Buys: The PPV price of nearly 100 dollars was just released, and while that’s ridiculous for this fight, people are going to buy it. Everybody loves a good clown show whether they want to admit it or not, and these are the two biggest names in combat sports. Heck, Pacquiao and Mayweather sold 4.6 million buys and that was with some of the hype lost after the constant delays and excuses. Casual fans are going to eat this up and UFC fans always support McGregor when he’s on the card. While diehard boxing fans won’t entertain this bout, the overall market is too big for this not to go over the projected total, which is the only reason this fight is happening in the first place. Over Five Million - 225

Method of Victory: Mayweather hasn’t been in the ring in two years and hasn’t produced a knockout since his 2011 win over Victor Ortiz. It’s no secret Mayweather is a defensive fighter and relies on winning by picking his opponent apart rather than power shots. However, McGregor is not a boxer, isn’t much of a threat and has most of his UFC fights end in under 10 minutes. I’m supposed to believe Mayweather is conditioned enough to last 12 three minute rounds with Floyd? He’ll be gassed by the fifth or sixth round. Mayweather picks him apart and gets the finish one way or another. Mayweather by TKO/KO/DQ - 175

Going The Distance: I’m basically doubling up on the fact McGregor has never been in this situation before and doesn’t have the proven conditioning to last this long. Once he was down after the first couple of rounds of trying to take Mayweather’s head off, it’s smooth sailing for the champion. We’ve seen this movie before so many times in boxing. This fight very likely isn’t going the distance. Under 9.5 rounds -165

Most Tweets in August: This is probably one of the easier bests surrounding the whole fight, as it’s easily going to be McGregor. Mayeather rarely tweets, as the few things that do pop on his timeline are direct links from his Facebook or Instagram, and you can go days without seeing anything from that. McGregor is always in full promoting mode, posting pictures, videos, and doing whatever to taunt his opponent. McGregor lives for the reactions, and he’ll continue to use Twitter to get them. Conor McGregor -160

Will the Fight Take Place August 26th: While there’s no money to be made on this line, there’s too much money to be made not to have this fight take place on the scheduled day. There’s even more pressure to have this fight on this day after paying off the Big3 to move their basketball title game to the MGM Grand Garden Arena. So, yes. Yes -900

Group Round Odds: The one bet where you can actually make some money is predicting when the fight will end. I’m going to continue to support my theory that McGregor will wear down around the fourth or fifth round after spending a lot of time throwing power shots and haymakers. We’ve seen this is the past when he can’t knockout his opponent in a reasonable time. That’s when Mayweather goes to work and ends the circus the way a world class boxer is capable of doing. Since I backed the under on 9.5 rounds, it only makes sense to take this wager for more than three times my money. Mayweather wins in Rd 7-9 +325

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Sat, 26 Aug 2017 01:51:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89328
<![CDATA[Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/7/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/10/07/leo-santa-cruz-vs-abner-mares-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares fight Saturday at the Staples Center for the WBA Super World featherweight title.

Leo Santa Cruz enters this fight with a 33-1-1 record that includes 18 knockouts. Santa Cruz has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a January win over Carl Frampton. Santa Cruz got revenge on Frampton in another tight bout and will defend this belt for a third time. Santa Cruz is 29 years old, stands at 5’7”, has a 69 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Santa Cruz has some of the quicker hands in the sport and is one of the busiest workers…

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Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares fight Saturday at the Staples Center for the WBA Super World featherweight title.

Leo Santa Cruz enters this fight with a 33-1-1 record that includes 18 knockouts. Santa Cruz has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a January win over Carl Frampton. Santa Cruz got revenge on Frampton in another tight bout and will defend this belt for a third time. Santa Cruz is 29 years old, stands at 5’7”, has a 69 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Santa Cruz has some of the quicker hands in the sport and is one of the busiest workers in boxing, as he throws a ton of punches and has thrown a combined 1,886 punches in his last two fights. Santa Cruz simply won’t be outworked in the ring and is always going to be the aggressor, making it tough for him to lose a fight if it goes to the judges. While known for his aggressive offense, Santa Cruz is also underrated defensively and rarely take a big shot from his opponent. This will be Santa Cruz’s 15th fight in California, his residence.  

Abner Mares enters this fight with a 30-2-1 record that includes 15 knockouts. Mares has won six of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a December win over Jesus Andres Cuellar. This will be Mares’ fourth fight since 2015, and he’s defending his WBA (Regular) featherweight title for the first time. Mares is 31 years old, stands at 5’4”, has a 66 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Mares is another boxer who likes to stay busy, as he pressures his opponent with rapid combinations and is constantly trying to work the body. Some would say Mares has dirty tactics, as there’s been numerous headbutts in his fights and he’s been penalized for low blows as well. That still hasn’t changed Mares’ boxing style, as he’s going to swing wherever there’s an opening, and while he doesn’t have a ton of knockout power, that aggressiveness allows him to win on cards more times than not. This will be Mares’ 11th fight in California, his residence.  

The first fight between these two was possibly the best fight of 2015, as there was constant action and a ton of wild swings as the fans went home satisfied. Both of these fighters are aggressive, throw a ton of combinations and it’s clearly a madhouse when they get in the ring together. Hopefully we saw the same here. However, in terms of picking a winner, Santa Cruz is the bigger and lengthier fighter, and that’s key when they did so much boxing on the inside in the last bout. Santa Cruz can lean on the smaller Mares and use his jab to his advantage, which he said won him the first match. These guys have similar styles and workmates, but it’s the size advantage that has me leaning Santa Cruz to win this fight as well.

Close one, but El Terremoto gets the nod.

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Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:32:09 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=91125
<![CDATA[Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/9/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/09/09/oleksandr-usyk-vs-marco-huck-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Oleksandr Usyk and Marco Huck fight Saturday for the WBO World cruiserweight title at the Max Schmeling Halle in the World Boxing Super Series.

Oleksandr Usyk enters this fight with a 12-0 record that includes 10 knockouts. This will be Usyk’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Michael Hunter. Usyk will fight for the second time this year and is defending his belt for the third time. Usyk is a 30-year-old southpaw who stands at 6’3” and has a 78 inch reach. Usyk is most known for his punching power and hard shots to the body, but the movement…

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Oleksandr Usyk and Marco Huck fight Saturday for the WBO World cruiserweight title at the Max Schmeling Halle in the World Boxing Super Series.

Oleksandr Usyk enters this fight with a 12-0 record that includes 10 knockouts. This will be Usyk’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Michael Hunter. Usyk will fight for the second time this year and is defending his belt for the third time. Usyk is a 30-year-old southpaw who stands at 6’3” and has a 78 inch reach. Usyk is most known for his punching power and hard shots to the body, but the movement for a guy this big is what separates himself from the rest of the guys within the division. Usyk moves well with his punches and bobs and weaves counters that allow him to be even more effective with his combinations. Of course, Usyk’s variety of punches along with his overwhelming pop is tough to deal with, as he hits like a heavyweight despite two of his last there bouts ending in decision. Usyk has just 83 professional rounds under his belt. This will be Usyk’s second fight in Germany. 

Marco Huck enters this fight with a 40-4-1 record that includes 27 knockouts. Huck has won six of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a April loss to Mairis Briedis. Huck has lost two of his last four fights but has never lost back-to-back bouts in his career. Huck is a 32-year-old ho stands at 6’2”, has a 77 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Huck has good footwork and good defense that makes him tough to hit despite him being knocked out twice in his career. Huck doesn’t have the punching power you’d expect from a guy his size, but he has stopped four of his last eight opponents and can be frustrating due to his dirty tactics at times. Huck has been docked points throughout his career for headbutts, late punches, etc, and that can get in the head of his opponent if he’s not careful. Huck isn’t the most talented boxer in the world, but he simply finds a way to win. Huck has fought most of his career in Germany, his residence. 

This is going to be a tough fight for Huck despite him having the home field advantage, as he’s allowed many of his recent opponents to dictate the pace of the fight and has struggled with southpaws throughout his career. Usyk is the bigger fighter, has a clear advantage in punching power and has the movement that will make life even tougher for the slower Huck. Also, there’s a common opponent between these two in Krzysztof Glowacki. Usyk gave him a boxing lesson for 12 rounds while Huck was knocked out in 11 rounds. This is a cool fight as far as names are concerned, but it’s a bout Usyk should win rather easily.

Usyk remains undefeated.

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Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:35:09 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90858
<![CDATA[Gervonta Davis vs. Roman Martinez Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/26/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/08/26/gervonta-davis-vs-roman-martinez-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Gervonta Davis and Roman Martinez fight Saturday for the IBF World super featherweight title at the T-Mobile Arena. 

Gervonta Davis enters this fight with a 18-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Davis’ fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a May win over Liam Walsh. Davis is fighting for the third time this year, quickly climbing the rankings and will defend his belt for the second time. Davis is a 22-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’6” with a 69 inch reach. Davis is simply a pitbull in the ring with extremely heavy hands and a pressure style…

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Gervonta Davis and Roman Martinez fight Saturday for the IBF World super featherweight title at the T-Mobile Arena. 

Gervonta Davis enters this fight with a 18-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Davis’ fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a May win over Liam Walsh. Davis is fighting for the third time this year, quickly climbing the rankings and will defend his belt for the second time. Davis is a 22-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’6” with a 69 inch reach. Davis is simply a pitbull in the ring with extremely heavy hands and a pressure style that is devastating once he gets his timing down. Davis is also quite underrated for his defense, as he has solid footwork and terrific head movement that allows him to get in and out rather quickly. Davis is at his best when boxing on the inside and just needs to land one punch to end things. Davis has only seen the sixth round just four times in his career in 18 fights. This will be Davis’ third fight in Las Vegas.

Roman Martinez enters this fight with a 29-3-3 record that includes 17 knockouts. Martinez has split his last 10 fights, and he’s coming off a June loss to Vasyl Lomachenko. Martinez has had over a year to overcome that brutal knockout loss and looks for his first victory since his 2015 bout with Orlando Salido. Martinez is a 34-year-old Puerto Rican who stands at 5’8”, has a 67 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Despite being knocked out twice, Martinez is most known for his toughness, as he can take a punch and is the type of boxer who will keep coming forward looking to be aggressive. Martinez has a bit of a brawler feel to him, as he doesn’t mind exchanging haymakers, but of course, that doesn’t fly as much against top tier boxers. Martinez has to focus on defense in a fight like this if he’s going to stand a chance at earning the biggest victory of his career. This will be Martinez’s fourth fight in Las Vegas.

I’m sure Martinez is getting a nice check for this fight, but you have to question his decision making with the way that Lomachenko bout went down. Martinez is a very straight up fighter who has limited defensive skills and eats brutal punches because of it. A powerful boxer like Davis is going to tag Martinez often and it could get extremely ugly. Martinez is an easy target to hit and is the type of fighter who wants to exchange, and you just can’t do that when you’re moving up in competition. This is easy work for Tank and is going to be the second straight bout we’ve seen Martinez eat the canvas. 

Davis remains undefeated.

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<![CDATA[Billy Joe Saunders vs. Willie Monroe Jr. Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/16/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/09/16/billy-joe-saunders-vs-willie-monroe-jr-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Billy Joe Saunders and Willie Monroe Jr. fight Saturday at the Copper Box Arena for the WBO World middleweight title.

Billy Joe Saunders enters this fight with a 24-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Saunders’ second fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Artur Akavov. Saunders has had plenty of time off after his bout with Avtandil Khurtsidze was canceled due to an arrest. Saunders is a 28-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’11” and continues to make a case as the best middleweight in the world. Saunders is a lengthy fighter with great…

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Billy Joe Saunders and Willie Monroe Jr. fight Saturday at the Copper Box Arena for the WBO World middleweight title.

Billy Joe Saunders enters this fight with a 24-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Saunders’ second fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Artur Akavov. Saunders has had plenty of time off after his bout with Avtandil Khurtsidze was canceled due to an arrest. Saunders is a 28-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’11” and continues to make a case as the best middleweight in the world. Saunders is a lengthy fighter with great movement, solid defense and an aggressive offensive attack that overwhelms opponents. While Saunders isn’t known for his pure punching power, he does swing for the fences and has these rapid combinations that he lands from a distance and can be tough to overcome. Saunders is known for breaking down his opponent, but he has the offensive attack to end things at any moment as well. Saunders has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace. 

Willie Monroe Jr. enters this fight with a 21-2 record that includes six knockouts. Monroe has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a September win over Gabriel Rosado. Monroe is a 30-year-old American who can throw his name in the hat as the best middleweight if he can get this victory here. Monroe is a 5’10” southpaw with a 74 inch reach and his only recent loss came to Gennady Golovkin in 2015. Monroe is mostly known for his defense and ability to counter, but he also works his jab very well and has quick hands that allow him to get in and out. Monroe has good lateral movement and has shown he can also take a punch, as he’s only been knocked down against GGG, which is obviously nothing to criticize. The knock on Monroe is his lack of punching power, and he hasn’t produced a stoppage since his 2013 bout with Toris Smith. This will be Monroe’s first fight outside of the United States.

We’re going to earn a lot about Monroe in this fight, as he’s fought talented guys before, but this is the first time he’s left the comfort zone of the United States. It’s different when you take the trip across the pound and it’s just you against everybody in the building. Monroe’s stance, quickness and athleticism could make it tough for Saunders to get comfortable, giving the American a chance here. However, Saunders is the more complete boxer overall and is more effective on the offensive end with better punching power. Saunders will likely be able to walk Monroe down due to the lack of punching power and wear him down with combinations to the body.

Monroe always has a shot with his athletic ability, but Saunders is the guy to beat here.

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