<![CDATA[Boxing RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/1/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/07/01/manny-pacquiao-vs-jeff-horn-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn fight Saturday at the Suncorp Stadium for the WBO World welterweight title.

Manny Pacquiao enters this fight with a 59-6-2 record that includes 38 knockouts. Pacquiao has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Jessie Vargas. Pacquiao is fighting once again at 38 years old despite saying he was going to retire last year, and many are questioning his motivation or the location for this fight. Pacquiao has looked to be in good form his last couple of fights and still has that athleticism…

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Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn fight Saturday at the Suncorp Stadium for the WBO World welterweight title.

Manny Pacquiao enters this fight with a 59-6-2 record that includes 38 knockouts. Pacquiao has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Jessie Vargas. Pacquiao is fighting once again at 38 years old despite saying he was going to retire last year, and many are questioning his motivation or the location for this fight. Pacquiao has looked to be in good form his last couple of fights and still has that athleticism and quickness that's made him great over the years. Pacquiao’s punching power has dipped over the years and he doesn't have a knockout win since 2009 against Miguel Cotto. However, as long as Pacquiao is healthy and still has the combination of speed and elite boxing IQ, he's going to be tough to beat even at his current age. This will be Pacquiao’s first fight in Australia.

Jeff Horn enters this fight with a 16-0-1 record that includes 11 knockouts. This will be Horn’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Ali Funeka. Horn is a 29-year-old who is easily the best pound-for-pound boxer in Australia and looks for the biggest win of his career. Horn stands at 5’9”, has a 68 inch reach and lands accurate punches that has stopped each of his last three opponents. Horn dodges punches well despite limited athleticism and slips in quick, powerful punches that make him effective on counters. The main concern with Horn is that Funeka and Randall Bailey are the only notable names he's fought up to this point, so this is a big jump in competition. Horn has fought his whole career in Australia, his birthplace.

This is an odd fight for Pacquiao, as he's one of the biggest names in boxing, has the belt, has nothing to prove, and yet he's flying to Australia to box a younger, decent boxer on his home soil. This has a recipe for an upset if Pacquiao isn’t careful. Despite beating up on nobodies for the most part, Horn has solid punching power and lands cleanly on a lot of his shots. Lang Park also holds over 52,000 people, so there's going to be a loud, nasty home crowd for the 29-year-old. With all that said, I still give the edge to Pacquiao. His hand speed, IQ and fundamentals make him tough to bet against. Horn can be lazy with his footwork and has never fought somebody as fundamentally sound as Pacquiao, who can find chinks in the armour and make adjustments between rounds.

Dangerous fight, but Pacquiao prevails.

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Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:09:03 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85245
<![CDATA[Amanda Serrano vs. Laura Soledad Griffa Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/21/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/07/21/amanda-serrano-vs-laura-soledad-griffa-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Amanda Serrano and Laura Soledad Griffa fight Friday at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino for the WBO World female super bantamweight title.

Amanda Serrano enters this fight with a 32-1-1 record that includes 24 knockouts. Serrano has won her last 18 fights, and she’s coming off a April win over Dahiana Santana. Serrano hasn't lost since her 2012 bout against Frida Wallberg and will fight for the third time this year. Serrano is a 28-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’5” and has a 65 inch reach. Serrano is simply a pitbull in the ring who pressures…

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Amanda Serrano and Laura Soledad Griffa fight Friday at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino for the WBO World female super bantamweight title.

Amanda Serrano enters this fight with a 32-1-1 record that includes 24 knockouts. Serrano has won her last 18 fights, and she’s coming off a April win over Dahiana Santana. Serrano hasn't lost since her 2012 bout against Frida Wallberg and will fight for the third time this year. Serrano is a 28-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’5” and has a 65 inch reach. Serrano is simply a pitbull in the ring who pressures her opponent with vicious combinations and has a very nasty left hand. Serrano is a great  athlete to go along with her punching power, as she has great head movement and avoids clean shots on the defensive end. Serrano has won six of her last seven fights by knockout and many have ended in the first round. This will be Serrano’s third fight in Puerto Rico, her birthplace.

Laura Soledad Griffa enters this fight with a 13-1 record that includes one knockout. Griffa has won five of her last six fights, and she’s coming off a December loss to Shannon O'Connell. Griffa can make up for her first loss of her career by getting easily the biggest win of her life with a victory here. Griffa is a 31-year-old Argentine boxer who stands at 5’4”, has a 66 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Griffa does a nice job of working her jab and is solid defensively, which showed in her last fight despite the losing effort. Griffa doesn't have much punching power and isn't very aggressive, but she has a high boxing IQ and takes what her opponent gives her. Griffa gives herself a chance everytime she steps in the ring due to her picking her spots and being fundamentally sound. This will be Griffa’s second fight outside of Argentina.

While Griffa is no pushover and will have a chance to counter Serrano’s aggressiveness, we’re dealing with two different classes of boxers. Griffa has beat up on boxers with losing records in the comfort of Argentina and doesn't have an above-average skillset, while a case can be made Serrano is the best pound for pound female boxer in the world when you consider her age. Serrano will pressure Griffa all night long with power punches and could very well win by knockout. Griffa has not seen a boxer as fast, explosive or powerful as Serrano and it will shock her.

Serrano wins yet again.

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:47:58 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88194
<![CDATA[Kevin Lerena vs. Maxim Maslov Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/12/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/08/12/kevin-lerena-vs-maxim-maslov-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Kevin Lerena and Maxim Maslov fight Saturday in South Africa for the International Boxing Organization World cruiserweight title.

Kevin Lerena enters this fight with a 18-1 record that includes nine knockouts. Lerena has won his last seven fights, and he’s coming off a April win over Sergio Ramirez. Lerena will fight for the third time this year and is out to prove he's one of the best cruiserweights in the world. Lerena is a 25-year-old southpaw who stands at 6’1” and his only loss came to Johnny Muller back in 2014. Lerena is a big boxer with…

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Kevin Lerena and Maxim Maslov fight Saturday in South Africa for the International Boxing Organization World cruiserweight title.

Kevin Lerena enters this fight with a 18-1 record that includes nine knockouts. Lerena has won his last seven fights, and he’s coming off a April win over Sergio Ramirez. Lerena will fight for the third time this year and is out to prove he's one of the best cruiserweights in the world. Lerena is a 25-year-old southpaw who stands at 6’1” and his only loss came to Johnny Muller back in 2014. Lerena is a big boxer with good length and swings every punch with a purpose, as he's trying to end the fight despite seven of his last 10 wins ending in decisions. Lerena is a great power puncher who boxes well from the inside and has some quickness to his hands that allow him to follow up nicely. This is a nice est for the young Lerena considering his best win probably came against Micki Nielsen. Lerena has fought most of his career in South Africa, his birthplace.  

Maxim Maslov enters this fight with a 19-1-1 record that includes 12 knockouts. Maslov has won his last nine fights, and he’s coming off a December win over Sergio Alberto Anjel. Maslov has been on quite a roll over the years and looks for just his second win outside of his Russia home. Maslov is a 32-year-old boxer who has an orthodox stance and his only loss came to Yaroslav Zavorotnyi in 2010. Maslov is a solid counter puncher who lands a nice uppercut and is solid defensively who usually keeps his hands in good position. As for his punching power, Maslov has stopped his last four opponents and hasn't had a fight go past the fifth round in three years. This will be Maslov’s third fight outside of Russia.  

This will be a nice test for both fighters, as Maslov is more experienced given his age and is a big, physical guy who will try to impose his will on the younger Lerena. The problem is Maslov has a really subpar resume after spending nearly his whole career boxing no names in his comfort zone of Russia. Lerena is a well put together boxer who has been flying up the rankings rather quickly and has the power / speed combination that Maslov hasn't had to deal with much throughout his career. This feels like a fight where Maslov is outclassed and will have a hard time keeping up.

I like Lerena to get the job done here.

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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:31:24 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87999
<![CDATA[Sadam Ali vs. Johan Perez Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/29/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/07/29/sadam-ali-vs-johan-perez-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Sadam Ali and Johan Perez fight Saturday at the Casino Del Sol for the WBA-NABA welterweight title on ESPN2.

Sadam Ali enters this fight with a 24-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Ali has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a January win over Jorge Silva. Ali has won his last two fights since being knocked out by Jessie Vargas and hopes to get one of the bigger wins of his career. Ali is a 28-year-old boxer from New York who stands at 5’9”, has a 73 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Ali is a jumpy fighter who has good head…

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Sadam Ali and Johan Perez fight Saturday at the Casino Del Sol for the WBA-NABA welterweight title on ESPN2.

Sadam Ali enters this fight with a 24-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Ali has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a January win over Jorge Silva. Ali has won his last two fights since being knocked out by Jessie Vargas and hopes to get one of the bigger wins of his career. Ali is a 28-year-old boxer from New York who stands at 5’9”, has a 73 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Ali is a jumpy fighter who has good head movement, counters well and has very quick hands. When Ali’s rhythm is down, he looks like one of the better American welterweights. Ali isn't known for his power, but he has won four of his last seven fights by stoppage. The downside is Ali’s defense is questionable and he takes a pounding in most fights, which includes being knocked down three times in his career. This will be Ali’s first fight in Arizona.

Johan Perez enters this fight with a 22-3-2 record that includes 15 knockouts. Perez has split last six fights, and he’s coming off a March win over Esteban Alseco. Perez has been hit or miss recently, but he's coming off two straight first round knockouts and will box for the third time this year. Perez is a 34-year-old boxer from Venezuela who stands at 5’11” and has an orthodox stance. Perez works his jab well and is solid defensively, as his hands are usually up in the right position and only one of his three losses (Dmitry Mikhaylenko) resulted in knockout. Perez can be a dangerous fighter when he's confident to dictate the pace. Perez already has some solid wins under his belt and should be feeling good with three of his last four victories coming by stoppage. This will be Perez’s sixth fight in the United States.

Perez is more than capable of winning this fight due to his experience against quality fighters, his tough chin and his ability to land an effective jab. The problem with Perez is that he's lost most of his fights against boxers who are arguably more talented than him, and Ali falls in that same category. Perez isn't the most skilled boxer, as he relies on IQ and good defense to break his opponent down. If Ali pressures Perez and brings the fight to him, he could get the knockout victory. While Perez is more experienced and won't be a total pushover, this is Ali’s fight to win if we’re being honest.

Give me the World Kid for the victory.

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Sun, 18 Jun 2017 04:12:44 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87861
<![CDATA[Shinsuke Yamanaka vs. Luis Nery Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/15/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/08/15/shinsuke-yamanaka-vs-luis-nery-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Shinsuke Yamanaka and Luis Nery fight Tuesday at the Shimazu Arena for the WBC World bantamweight title.

Shinsuke Yamanaka enters this fight with a 27-0-2 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Yamanaka’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a March win over Carlos Carlson. Yamanaka will fight for the second time this year and will be defending a belt for the 13th straight fight. Yamanaka is a soon to be 35-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’7” and has a 69 inch reach. Yamanaka has a very strong left hand that hurts when he lands…

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Shinsuke Yamanaka and Luis Nery fight Tuesday at the Shimazu Arena for the WBC World bantamweight title.

Shinsuke Yamanaka enters this fight with a 27-0-2 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Yamanaka’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a March win over Carlos Carlson. Yamanaka will fight for the second time this year and will be defending a belt for the 13th straight fight. Yamanaka is a soon to be 35-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’7” and has a 69 inch reach. Yamanaka has a very strong left hand that hurts when he lands cleanly, and he has quick hands for a guy his age to where he can mix in combinations. Yamanaka also has clear punching power behind those shots with eight of his last 11 fights ending in knockout. Yamanaka has a decent chin, but he's been knocked down a few times recently, so that will be something to watch. Yamanaka is out to prove he's still the best bantamweight in the world and the best pound for pound boxer in Japan. Yamanaka has fought his whole career in Japan, his birthplace.

Luis Nery enters this fight with a 23-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Nery’s seventh fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a March win over Jesus Martinez. Nery has been taking on quite a heavy workload, as he's out to prove he's the most promising boxer in this division and one of the better pound for pound boxers from Mexico. Nery is a 22-year-old southpaw who has solid wins over David Sanchez and Richie Mepranum. Nery is an aggressive boxer who throws a ton of punches per bout and is going to pressure his opponent with constant combinations. Nery lets his hands go often and he's stopped eight of his last nine opponents. Nery also has a nice chin, as he's only been knocked down once, a fight he won in the fourth round anyway. This will be Nery’s first fight outside of Mexico.

This is a really good fight for the bantamweight division, as Yamanaka is the proven champion and the face of this weight class for now. However, Nery is a young boxer who many consider to be the future of possibly Mexican boxing overall if he can continue to stay on this path. This is a fight he could win with Yamanaka getting up there in age and being knocked down twice recently. However, the fact this fight is held in Japan makes me question Nery can win a decision. We’ve seen how shady things can get over there in the Anselmo Moreno bout. If Nery doesn't get the KO, he's going to have a hard time leaving Japan undefeated. Also, I question if this fight is a little too soon for Nery, as he was just starting to build his resume.

I wouldn't be shocked if Nery won, but the smart pick is going with Yamanaka for obvious reasons.

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Sat, 17 Jun 2017 19:04:53 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87813
<![CDATA[Shane Mosley vs. Magomed Kurbanov Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/9/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/09/09/shane-mosley-vs-magomed-kurbanov-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Shane Mosley and Magomed Kurbanov fight Saturday at the DIVS Arena for the WBO Inter-Continental light middleweight title.

Shane Mosley enters this fight with a 49-10-1 record that includes 41 knockouts. Mosley has split his last six fights, and he’s coming off a May loss to David Avanesyan. Half of Mosley’s career losses have come in the last seven years, as arguably the once pound-for-pound king was past his prime ages ago. Mosley will be 46 years old during this fight, he stands at 5’8”, has a 71 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Mosley says…

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Shane Mosley and Magomed Kurbanov fight Saturday at the DIVS Arena for the WBO Inter-Continental light middleweight title.

Shane Mosley enters this fight with a 49-10-1 record that includes 41 knockouts. Mosley has split his last six fights, and he’s coming off a May loss to David Avanesyan. Half of Mosley’s career losses have come in the last seven years, as arguably the once pound-for-pound king was past his prime ages ago. Mosley will be 46 years old during this fight, he stands at 5’8”, has a 71 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Mosley says as long as he feels OK, he plans on continuing to box because the sport is his life. When in good form, Mosley’s combination of quickness and power made him one of the more dangerous boxers in this generation. Mosley has beaten some of the best to ever do it, but it's a bit much to expect anything from him at this stage given his age. This will be Mosley’s first fight in Russia.

Magomed Kurbanov enters this fight with a 11-0 record that includes nine knockouts. This will be Kurbanov’s seventh fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a May win over Virgilijus Stapulionis. Kurbanov has been climbing up the ranks quickly since turning pro in 2015, and this would probably be his best win despite Mosley's age and form. Kurbanov is a soon to be 22-year-old who stands at 5’9” and has an orthodox stance. Kurbanov is a well built, powerful boxer who likes to fight on the inside and trade haymakers. Kurbanov has good movement for a guy his size, but it's the punching power and combinations that have overwhelmed his opponents to this point. Whether it's the boxy shots or the uppercuts, Kurbanov is a handful offensively when in the ring. Kurbanov has fought his whole career in Russia, his birthplace.

We've seen many times over the years where boxers just can't let the sport go, and Mosley is the next boxer who falls in that boat. The guy will be 46 years old when this fight takes place and has 445 rounds under his belt. Kurbanov appears to be the real deal from the limited fights he's had up to this point, and he could become one of the faces of Russian boxing rather sooner than later. The kid is talented. Mosley is a shell of what his shell once was, and there's no reason to think he has the conditioning or the ability overall to hang with Kurbanov. It's time to let it go already.

Kurbanov remains undefeated.

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Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:53:06 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87747
<![CDATA[Carl Frampton vs. Andres Gutierrez Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/29/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/07/29/carl-frampton-vs-andres-gutierrez-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Carl Frampton and Andres Gutierrez fight Saturday at the SSE Arena in the WBC featherweight eliminator.

Carl Frampton enters this fight with a 23-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Frampton has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a January loss to Leo Santa Cruz. Frampton should be highly motivated for this bout after losing a close contest and the WBA Super World featherweight title. Frampton was far less efficient in the rematch despite throwing almost 600 punches. Frampton is an orthodox boxer who stands at 5’5” and has a 62…

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Carl Frampton and Andres Gutierrez fight Saturday at the SSE Arena in the WBC featherweight eliminator.

Carl Frampton enters this fight with a 23-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Frampton has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a January loss to Leo Santa Cruz. Frampton should be highly motivated for this bout after losing a close contest and the WBA Super World featherweight title. Frampton was far less efficient in the rematch despite throwing almost 600 punches. Frampton is an orthodox boxer who stands at 5’5” and has a 62 inch reach. Frampton is a workhorse in the ring, as he's going to throw a ton of punches and rely on his hand speed and athleticism to takeover. Frampton may not be the best power puncher, but he throws combinations and has won four of his last eight bouts by knockout. This will be Frampton’s 12th fight in Northern Ireland, his birthplace.  

Andres Gutierrez enters this fight with a 35-1-1 record that includes 25 knockouts. Gutierrez has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off an October win over Wallington Orobio. Gutierrez has a chance to take his career to the next level with a victory here, as his only loss was a controversial decision against Cristian Mijares. Gutierrez is a soon to be 24-year-old Mexican boxer who stands at 5’6”, has a 67 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Gutierrez is a pressure fighter who has a high workrate and is going to bring the fight to his opponent even if he can be a bit wild at times. Gutierrez also has some clar punching power and his last three victories have been stoppages. Gutierrez’s best victory of his career probably came in his last bout. This will be Gutierrez’s third fight outside of Mexico.

This is a big opportunity for the young Gutierrez and a chance to put himself in the thick of the top of the division if he can pull off an upset. The problem is Gutierrez is still wet behind the ears for a fight of this magnitude, his defense is still questionable and he can be a bit wild on the offensive end. Gutierrez won't be able to bully Frampton the way he has majority of his other opponents who were far less talented and polished. This is a chance for Gutierrez to gain valuable experience, but it's more than likely going to result in his second loss. Gutierrez isn't disciplined enough to pull off the upset. Frampton's head movement and the jab will be the difference here.

Frampton gets the job done here.

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Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:13:38 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87744
<![CDATA[Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/26/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/08/26/floyd-mayweather-jr-vs-conor-mcgregor-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor fight Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. enters this fight with a 49-0 record that includes 26 knockouts. This will be Mayweather’s first fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a win over Andre Berto. Mayweather has been retired for two years but couldn't turn down the attention and the money this fight is going to bring. Mayweather is all about big paychecks, and this is possibly his most anticipated fight when you consider its attracting more than just boxing fans. As for his skillset, Mayweather…

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor fight Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. enters this fight with a 49-0 record that includes 26 knockouts. This will be Mayweather’s first fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a win over Andre Berto. Mayweather has been retired for two years but couldn't turn down the attention and the money this fight is going to bring. Mayweather is all about big paychecks, and this is possibly his most anticipated fight when you consider its attracting more than just boxing fans. As for his skillset, Mayweather doesn't need much of an introduction, as he's one of the top defensive boxers of all time with extreme quickness and terrific head movement. Its tough to get in a rhythm with Mayweather and the constant misses really take its toll on his opponents. Mayweather is a boxing technician with a great IQ and is going to make his opponent fight his fight if he wants to pull off the upset. Of course, the one concern is the fact Mayweather is 40 years old and hasn't been in the ring in two years, so maybe there’s rust. This will be Mayweather’s 26th fight in Las Vegas, his current residence.

Conor McGregor will make his boxing debut after producing a 21-3 UFC record that includes 18 knockouts. McGregor won 10 of his last 11 MMA fights and is coming off a November win over Eddie Alvarez. McGregor isn't your typical MMA fighter, as he’s primarily a striker who does his best work standing up and has landed 48 percent of his strikes on the UFC level. McGregor can fight in either orthodox or southpaw stance and has very heavy hands that have stopped some of the top UFC fighters in the sport. If McGregor can land some accruate blows, he'll have a chance to shock the world given his punching power. McGregor also has a proven chin and all three of his losses have come by submission. So, if one fighter could pull off a boxing career, it’s possibly McGregor. The obvious concern is that McGregor has spent his whole life being an MMA fighter and has little to no boxing experience. This will be McGregor’s sixth fight in Las Vegas.

Now with all that out of the way, McGregor has as much of a chance to beat Mayweather as you and I do. We’re talking about a guy who has no boxing experience making his first fight against one of the best to ever do it. Some of the best boxers of this generation in Manny Pacquiao, Saul Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley have all fought Mayweather and failed. Now we’re supposed to get excited and believe McGregor has a chance? He doesn't. McGregor doesn't have the hand speed to catch Mayweather, his head movement isn't up to boxing standards and we’ve never even seen how effective he can be wearing boxing gloves. There’s just so many questions, and that's before mentioning the fact he's in the ring with one of the best for his boxing debut. I’m also not concerned with the age and time out of the ring for Mayweather, as he's a machine who stays in the gym and in shape regardless of his time out of the sport. I get it, it’s two of the biggest names in combat sports and is sure to bring in a much larger audience, which is good for boxing. But who wins this fight isn't in doubt at all. Seriously. 

Mayweather remains undefeated and gets win No. 50 for his career.

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Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:31:01 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87609
<![CDATA[Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/16/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/09/16/gennady-golovkin-vs-canelo-alvarez-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez fight Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena for the WBC World middleweight title.

Gennady Golovkin enters this fight with a 37-0 record that includes 33 knockouts. This will be Golovkin’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a March win over Daniel Jacobs. Golovkin will fight for the second time this year and will make a strong case as the best pound for pound fighter in the world with a victory here. Golovkin is 35 years old, stands at 5’10” with a 70 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Golovkin has looked…

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Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez fight Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena for the WBC World middleweight title.

Gennady Golovkin enters this fight with a 37-0 record that includes 33 knockouts. This will be Golovkin’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a March win over Daniel Jacobs. Golovkin will fight for the second time this year and will make a strong case as the best pound for pound fighter in the world with a victory here. Golovkin is 35 years old, stands at 5’10” with a 70 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Golovkin has looked pretty much flawless throughout his career but had his hiccups in his last fight. GGG wasn't as aggressive with his power shots as usual and you could make the argument Jacobs was the aggressor with the only difference in the fight being a fourth round knockdown. Still, Golovkin is one of the more balanced boxers in the sport right now, as his chin is proven and his power power has stopped 23 of his last 24 opponents. This will be Golovkin’s first fight in Las Vegas.

Canelo Alvarez enters this fight with a 49-1-1 record that includes 34 knockouts. Alvarez has won his last seven fights, and he’s coming off a May win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Alvarez hasn't lost since his 2014 bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr and can also make a case for the best pound for pound fighter with a victory here. Alvarez will be 27 years old, he stands at 5’9”, has a 70 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Alvarez is known for his extreme punching power, but he's also been criticized of his last bout, as many thought he should have knocked out Chavez despite never being in danger of losing the bout. Either way, Alvarez’s offensive ability is elite status, and he has a proven chin and is sharp defensively to go along with it. Alvarez has settled for a lot of decisions recently, but when he wants to be aggressive and look for the stoppage, he can get it done. This will be Alvarez’s 10th fight in Las Vegas.

Finally, finally boxing gets a monster matchup between two of the bigger names in the sport with both still in elite condition. Sorry, that Pacquiao - Mayweather fight pales in comparison to this bout given that both guys made us wait forever and were up there in age by the time it finally took place. While I watch damn near every boxing event possible, I can't remember the last time I was this excited for a fight. This is a must-watch for anybody who enjoys any combat sport. Now with out of the way, I’m siding with Alvarez to win this fight. Canelo’s ability to counter and land hard body shots is the difference for me, as he’ll get quality looks off of Golovkin’s offense and could wear down the 35-year-old in ways we haven't seen yet. Remember, Golovkin was outboxed by Jacobs in his last fight and may have lost if he didn't get the fourth round knockdown. Alvarez also has the advantage defensively, as he moves well and is tougher to hit than GGG, who always takes accurate punches and sometimes welcomes them hoping it gives him more opportunities to land the haymaker. Alvarez has proven quite a bit at his young age and his only loss was to Mayweather came when he was still a little wet behind the ears. Canelo at this stage of his career may be the best boxer on the planet.

You could make a case for either guy here and any outcome wouldn't be surprising. But, I think Canelo is the better pure boxer right now and will find a way to get it done.

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Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:55:56 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87471
<![CDATA[Daniel Rosario vs. John Vera Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/15/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/07/15/daniel-rosario-vs-john-vera-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Daniel Rosario and John Vera fight Saturday at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino for the WBA-NABA USA super welterweight title on Facebook Live.

Daniel Rosario enters this fight with a 11-2 record that includes 10 knockouts. Rosario has won six of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a November loss to Norberto Gonzalez. Rosario looks to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in his career and is coming off a tight decision that could have gone either way. Rosario is a 29-year-old Puerto Rican boxer who stands at 5’11” and is still…

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Daniel Rosario and John Vera fight Saturday at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino for the WBA-NABA USA super welterweight title on Facebook Live.

Daniel Rosario enters this fight with a 11-2 record that includes 10 knockouts. Rosario has won six of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a November loss to Norberto Gonzalez. Rosario looks to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in his career and is coming off a tight decision that could have gone either way. Rosario is a 29-year-old Puerto Rican boxer who stands at 5’11” and is still looking for that breakthrough victory. Rosario has good movement for a guy his size, as he's able to duck and weave punches, and he has a tested chin with both losses coming in tight decisions. Rosario also has one-punch knockout potential and his last eight wins have come by stoppage. This will be Rosario’s first fight in Arizona.

John Vera enters this fight with a 16-0 record that includes 10 knockouts. This will be Vera’s sixth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a January win over Salim Larbi. Vera has been working his way up the super welterweight division rather quickly and will defend his belt for the third straight fight. Vera is a 28-year-old southpaw who stands at 6’0” and has a reach of 72 inches. Vera does a nice job of working his jab and has quick hands that allow him to execute off his punches and land combinations. Vera may not have the most punching power in the world, but he has stopped seven of his last nine opponents. A win here would help Vera make another move up the rankings after solid wins over Larbi and Milorad Zizic. This will be Vera’s second fight in Arizona.

Rosario has a chance to win this fight with his punching power and aggressiveness, as he jumps on his opponent whenever they're in trouble and can turn things rather quickly. However, while both of his losses were close, Rosario has lost both of the biggest fights of his career, which is concerning considering this fight falls in that same category. We haven't seen Rosario beat an above-average boxer yet. Vera is the more patient boxer and will be able to breakdown Rosario with his length and ability to counter.

Cool fight, but Rosario remains unbeaten and keeps his belt.

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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:24:05 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=87597