<![CDATA[Boxing RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Tony Bellew vs. David Haye Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/17/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/12/17/tony-bellew-vs-david-haye-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Tony Bellew and David Haye fight Sunday at the O2 Arena.

Tony Bellew enters this fight with a 29-2-1 record that includes 19 knockouts. Bellew has won his last nine fights and is coming off an March win over David Haye. Bellew will fight for the fourth time since 2016 and has to be quite confident after knocking out Haye in the 11th round of the first meeting. Bellew is a 35-year-old who stands at 6’3”, has a 74 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Bellew has now won five of his last six fights by knockout and has not lost since his 2013 meeting with Adonis Stevenson,…

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Tony Bellew and David Haye fight Sunday at the O2 Arena.

Tony Bellew enters this fight with a 29-2-1 record that includes 19 knockouts. Bellew has won his last nine fights and is coming off an March win over David Haye. Bellew will fight for the fourth time since 2016 and has to be quite confident after knocking out Haye in the 11th round of the first meeting. Bellew is a 35-year-old who stands at 6’3”, has a 74 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Bellew has now won five of his last six fights by knockout and has not lost since his 2013 meeting with Adonis Stevenson, which is also the only times he’s been knocked out. Bellew is obviously a rangy fighter who likes to box from the outside and has power in both hands. If Bellew can dictate the pace and land shots from a distance, he has a shot to win this fight yet again. Bellew has fought much of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

David Haye enters this fight with a 28-3 record that includes 26 knockouts. Haye has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a March loss to Tony Bellew. Haye will be out to prove that the last bout was just a fluke and mainly decided due to his injured ankle, despite him not making any excuses for the loss. Haye is a 37-year-old who stands at 6’3”, has a 78 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Haye really doesn’t need much of an introduction, as he’s been a knockout machine over the course of his career and can go toe-to-toe with the best heavyweights/cruiserweights in the world when he’s in good form. Haye has incredible reach, extreme punching power and his last five victories have come by knockout. The concern with Haye is obviously his conditioning given his age and the health of his ankle, as he got nothing from his right side once he went down and tried to continue. Haye has fought much of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

This should be another fun bout between these two and hopefully both can stay healthy. Before Haye hurt his ankle, it was damn near a draw with both guys landing shots here and there but nobody had the serious edge. But you knew Bellew was going to cash as a +450 underdog once the injury took place, as you’re a sitting duck when you have a banged up ankle and can’t move. Assuming everything is good now, you still have to give the edge to Haye. He has the advantage in punching power and reach, and he can hurt Bellew if he leans into one and lands cleanly. While Bellew did win the first fight, he still couldn’t put Haye away despite throwing at a sitting target. Haye is simply the better boxer between these two and as long as everything is good with his ankle an conditioning, he should win.

Look for Haye to get his revenge.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:44:52 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97781
<![CDATA[Billy Joe Saunders vs. David Lemieux Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/16/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/12/16/billy-joe-saunders-vs-david-lemieux-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux fight Saturday at the Bell Centre for the WBO middleweight title.

Billy Joe Saunders enters this fight with a 25-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Saunders’ third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a September win over Willie Monroe Jr. Saunders is coming off one of his best victories in which he outclassed a top-five American middleweight. 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,…

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Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux fight Saturday at the Bell Centre for the WBO middleweight title.

Billy Joe Saunders enters this fight with a 25-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Saunders’ third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a September win over Willie Monroe Jr. Saunders is coming off one of his best victories in which he outclassed a top-five American middleweight. 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. Four of Saunders’ last five victories have come by decision, with his only knockout in that span coming against Yoann Bloyer. This will be Saunders’ first fight outside of the United Kingdom. 

David Lemieux enters this fight with a 38-3 record that includes 33 knockouts. Monroe has won his last five fights, and he’s coming off a May win over Marcos Reyes. Lemieux will fight for the third time this year and hasn’t lost since his 2015 bout with Gennady Golovkin. Lemieux is a soon to be 29-year-old who stands at 5’9”, has a 70 inch reach and an orthdox stance. It’s no secret what you’re going to get from Lemieux, as he’s one of the better knockout artists in the middleweight division with great power in both hands and a devastating left hook. Lemieux is always on the attack and knows how to put away his opponent whenever the chance opens up. However, three of Lemieux’s last five victories have ended in decision, which is 50 percent of his career decisions. Lemieux has fought most of his career in Canada, his birthplace. 

This has to be the biggest test for Saunders, not only in terms of talent, but the fact he’s fighting outside of his home for the first time and won’t have that crowd to feed off of. Lemieux has lost just twice in Canada, and both of those fights were in 2011, so he’s won nine straight bouts in his home country. Saunders has a chance to win this fight considering Lemieux has shown a shaky chin at times with two of his three losses coming by knockout, and while he’s not a power puncher, the combinations and high work rate could wear on Lemieux. However, Lemieux and his ability to walk down his opponent and delver power punches is the difference for me. While both guys are going to get shots in, it’s Lemieux’s power that will tip the scales and possibly even hurt Saunders if he’s not careful. In a battle between two fighters who want to be the aggressor, I’m going to side with the boxer who punches harder, and that’s clearly Lemieux in this spot.

Look for Lemieux to raise the belt when it’s said and done.

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:54:57 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97700
<![CDATA[Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/28/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/10/28/anthony-joshua-vs-carlos-takam-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Anthony Joshua and Carlos Takam fight Saturday at Principality Stadium for the 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 Carlos Takam fight Saturday at Principality Stadium for the 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. 

Carlos Takam enters this fight with a 35-3-1 record that includes 27 knockouts. Takam has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a June win over Ivica Bacurin. Takam will fight for the third time this year and it’s obviously the biggest fight of his career. Takam is almost a 37-year-old who stands at 6’1”, has a 80.5 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Takam is a well built powerful boxer who has a come forward style and hopes to hurt his opponent early before he runs out of gas. Four of Takam’s last five victories have come by knockout, and he’s boxed a combined six rounds in his last two fights. If Takam can dictate the pace early and land some haymakers, he’ll always have a chance, which can obviously be said about just about any heavyweight. Takam is 2-2-1 in his last five fights that reached at least the fifth round. The obvious concerns are the quick notice for an aging fighter, the fact Takam keeps his hands low most of the time and the stamina, as I’m not sure he stands much of a chance if this goes into the middle rounds. This will be Takam’s first fight in the United Kingdom. 

With Kubrat Pulev pulling out due to a shoulder injury, Takam will take this fight on nearly a week notice, which doesn’t exactly help his chances at an upset. Make no mistake, Takam didn’t have much of a chance to begin with. He’s an old boxer who runs out of gas rather quickly and has been on the losing side of pretty much all of the top boxers he’s faced in his career. Finding a way to beat Joshua in these circumstances would end this season off with the upset of the year. There’s just not a case to be made for Takam, as he’s only in this spot because it had to be filled with the card already booked.

Joshua wins by knockout.

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Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:21:26 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97694
<![CDATA[Miguel Cotto vs. Sadam Ali Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/2/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/12/02/miguel-cotto-vs-sadam-ali-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Miguel Cotto and Sadam Ali fight Saturday at Madison Square Garden for the WBO light middleweight title. 

Miguel Cotto enters this fight with a 41-5 record that includes 33 knockouts. Cotto has won seven of his last 10 fights, and he’s coming off a August win over Yoshihiro Kamegai. Cotto will be defending his new belt for the first time and is possibly fighting for the last time, as he said 2017 will be his last year as an active boxer. Cotto looked terrific in his last fight, as he treated Kamegai like a punching bag, landing power shot after power shot and being…

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Miguel Cotto and Sadam Ali fight Saturday at Madison Square Garden for the WBO light middleweight title. 

Miguel Cotto enters this fight with a 41-5 record that includes 33 knockouts. Cotto has won seven of his last 10 fights, and he’s coming off a August win over Yoshihiro Kamegai. Cotto will be defending his new belt for the first time and is possibly fighting for the last time, as he said 2017 will be his last year as an active boxer. Cotto looked terrific in his last fight, as he treated Kamegai like a punching bag, landing power shot after power shot and being highly effective with his counters. It showed that even at 37 years old, there’s still something left in the tank for Cotto, which was a question when he took a couple of years off. Cotto is 5’7” with a 67 inch reach and still relies on his left hook to do majority of his damage. He has a proven chin and is still putting his punches together quite nicely for a guy his age. Cotto is simply one of the more solid and consistent fighters we’ve seen over the last 15 years. This will be Cotto’s 13th fight in New York.

Sadam Ali enters this fight with a 25-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Ali has won 10 of his last 11 fights, and he’s coming off a July win over Johan Perez. Ali has bounced back with three straight wins since his knockout loss to Jessie Vargas and gets another title shot to put himself in the conversation with the top welterweights. Ali is a 29-year-old who stands at 5’9”, has a 73 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Ali is a bit of a jumpy fighter who has great head movement, quick hands and can be hard to square up due to his athleticism and ability to get in and out. He works the body well and puts together tight combinations when he gets his opponent on the ropes. Ali isn’t known for his punching power, but he has stopped four of his last eight victories. This will be Ali’s ninth fight in New York, his birthplace. 

This isn’t the fight boxing fans were hoping for if it is Cotto’s last fight, but Ali is a decent boxer who deserved another title shot at some point. However, Ali doesn’t have the resume or proven he can hang with elite boxers, as his only big fight was against Vargas, and he was outclassed rather easily. Judging by his last bout, Cotto isn’t just one of those old boxers with diminished skills who is looking for one more payday. The guy can still box with the best of them, and that’s why you can’t entertain siding with the underdog. Cotto will bully Ali from the inside and just wear him down until he caves. Being able to dictate the pace and jump around the ring works against lesser talent, it won’t work against a seasoned vet like Cotto. The World Kid isn’t ready for a fight like this.

Cotto goes out on top.

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Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:30:41 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97082
<![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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<![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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