<![CDATA[Boxing RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Demetrius Andrade vs. Jack Culcay Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 3/11/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/03/11/demetrius-andrade-vs-jack-culcay-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Demetrius Andrade and Jack Culcay fight Saturday at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle for the WBA World super welterweight title.

Demetrius Andrade enters this fight with a 23-0 record that includes 16 knockouts. This will be Andrade’s third fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a June win over Willie Nelson. Andrade has been working his way up as one of the top boxers in his division and looks for another belt after already holding the WBO International light middleweight title. Andrade is a big boxer at 6’1” with a 73-inch reach and does a fine job of…

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Demetrius Andrade and Jack Culcay fight Saturday at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle for the WBA World super welterweight title.

Demetrius Andrade enters this fight with a 23-0 record that includes 16 knockouts. This will be Andrade’s third fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a June win over Willie Nelson. Andrade has been working his way up as one of the top boxers in his division and looks for another belt after already holding the WBO International light middleweight title. Andrade is a big boxer at 6’1” with a 73-inch reach and does a fine job of mixing in powerful shots to the head and body. Andrade is just a bully in the ring who wears down his opponent and has stopped seven of his last nine fights. However, this is a big test for the 28-year-old, as this will be Andrade’s first fight outside of the United States. Andrade also hasn’t been nearly as active as you’d expect from a fighter in his prime.

Jack Culcay enters this fight with a 22-1 record that includes 11 knockouts. Culcay has won his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a April win over Jean Carlos Prada. Culcay has been on a roll since his 2013 loss to Guido Nicolas Pitto and will be defending a belt for the ninth time in his career. Culcay is a brawler at 5’7” who doesn’t mind mixing it up and trading punches, as he’s been knocked down before but doesn’t give in or give up. You’re going to get a fight with Culcay, as he’s aggressive and always looking to win rounds despite a lack of overall power. The main concern with Culcay is that his resume is subpar at best, making you wonder just how ready he is for a fight of this caliber. Culcay has fought most of his career in Germany, his home country.

Culcay has an advantage off top with this fight being held in Germany where he’ll be a heavy crowd favorite. Andrade has never left his comfort zone of the United States, so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the trip and being rooted against. Although in terms of boxing, Andrade is by far the more talented boxer and has proven himself at a far greater clip. Even with him being at home, Culcay has never faced a fighter as talented or powerful as Andrade.

Look for Andrade to become the new champion.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:13:54 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=77570
<![CDATA[Jamie Conlan vs. Yader Cardoza Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 3/10/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/03/10/jamie-conlan-vs-yader-cardoza-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Jamie Conlan and Yader Cardoza fight Friday night at the Waterfront Hall for the WBC International Silver super flyweight title.

Jamie Conlan enters this fight with a 18-0 record that includes 11 knockouts. This will be Conlan’s sixth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a November win over David Koos. Conlan continues to work his way up the ladder after three fights last year and is possibly the top super flyweight in the UK. this fight was supposed to be in February, but Conlan was forced to move the bout due to a head cold. Conlan has won three…

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Jamie Conlan and Yader Cardoza fight Friday night at the Waterfront Hall for the WBC International Silver super flyweight title.

Jamie Conlan enters this fight with a 18-0 record that includes 11 knockouts. This will be Conlan’s sixth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a November win over David Koos. Conlan continues to work his way up the ladder after three fights last year and is possibly the top super flyweight in the UK. this fight was supposed to be in February, but Conlan was forced to move the bout due to a head cold. Conlan has won three of his last six fights by decision, but he clearly has above average pop for a boxer his size and is known for his rapid combinations and aggressive style. Conlan can simply overwhelm his opponent at times, as he did against Benjamin Smoes and Anthony Nelson. Conlan has fought much of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Yader Cardoza enters this fight with a 22-10-1 record that includes 19 knockouts. Cardoza has won seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a January win over Alexander Taylor. Cardoza will make a rare trip out of Nicaragua to look for his second title after earning the WBC Latino light flyweight title back in 2013 with a victory over Eliecer Quezada. Cardoza has a very subpar resume for the most part and doesn’t have a great chin considering he’s been knocked out five times in his 10 career losses. However, Cardoza is an experienced boxer at 27 years old with 189 rounds under his belt and should be feeling good with three fights since October. But it’s an understatement to say this is a big step up in competition for Cardoza. This will be Cardoza’s fight fight in the United Kingdom.

Cardoza doesn’t fight out of his comfort zone often and still has 10 losses on his record. Cardoza did fight Adrian Hernandez and Felipe Orucuta in Mexico, and both of those bouts turned ugly. It’s hard seeing this being any different. Cardoza doesn’t have the strongest chin and that’s not going to fly against a boxer such as Conlan who throws flurries of punches and pounces on a weakness once he finds it.

Look for Conlan to cruise to an easy victory.

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:12:19 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=77246
<![CDATA[Danny Garcia vs. Keith Thurman Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 3/4/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/03/04/danny-garcia-vs-keith-thurman-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman fight Saturday at the Barclays Center for the WBC World welterweight title on CBS.

Danny Garcia enters this fight with a 33-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Garcia’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a November win over Samuel Vargas. Garcia will be putting his WBC welterweight title on the line for the first time and is fighting in a venue where he’s very comfortable and has a heavy home crowd. Garcia continues to display a variety of offensive skills that includes a nasty left hook and…

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Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman fight Saturday at the Barclays Center for the WBC World welterweight title on CBS.

Danny Garcia enters this fight with a 33-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Garcia’s fifth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a November win over Samuel Vargas. Garcia will be putting his WBC welterweight title on the line for the first time and is fighting in a venue where he’s very comfortable and has a heavy home crowd. Garcia continues to display a variety of offensive skills that includes a nasty left hook and the ability to counter with extreme quickness. Garcia does a nice job of mixing up his punches and dictating the pace of a fight, which will be key in this bout. The main concern with Garcia has always been his lack of power, but three of his last five fights have ended in knockout, which includes stopping Vargas for just the second time in his career. This will be Garcia’s sixth fight in New York.

Keith Thurman enters this fight with a 27-0 record that includes 22 knockouts. This will be Thurman’s fourth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a June win over Shawn Porter. Thurman will be defending his WBC welterweight title for the third time and is fresh off probably the biggest victory of his career. Thurman has established himself as a great technical boxer who can adjust to his opponents, and he has great footwork to go along with solid hand speed. Thurman also has the clear punching power advantage and has won 10 of his last 14 fights by stoppage.The concern for Thurman in this fight is that he is vulnerable to counters and that’s dangerous against a great counterpuncher. This will be Thurman’s third fight in New York.

We’ve seen some great fights already this year, but this should be up there for one of the fights of the year if both guys show up and do what they’re capable of doing. Both of these boxers are battle tested and have tons of strengths with very little to no weaknesses. You could make a strong case for either guy in this bout. However, since my job is to pick a winner, I’m going with Thurman. His last bout showed me a lot that he’s capable of grinding out a fight and boxing his way to victory rather than landing a big blow to end it. Garcia doesn’t have the power to hurt Thurman and was outboxed by Mauricio Herrera, something that continues to worry me.

In a battle of unbeatens, I’m giving Thurman the victory.

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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:44:57 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=76616
<![CDATA[David Haye vs. Tony Bellew Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 3/4/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/03/04/david-haye-vs-tony-bellew-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments David Haye and Tony Bellew fight Saturday at the O2 Arena.

David Haye enters this fight with a 28-2 record that includes 26 knockouts. Haye has won his last three fights and is coming off a May win over Arnold Gjergjaj. Haye has looked sharp since making a comeback with back-to-back knockouts, and he’s boxed just three rounds since his 2012 fight against Dereck Chisora. 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…

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

David Haye enters this fight with a 28-2 record that includes 26 knockouts. Haye has won his last three fights and is coming off a May win over Arnold Gjergjaj. Haye has looked sharp since making a comeback with back-to-back knockouts, and he’s boxed just three rounds since his 2012 fight against Dereck Chisora. 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. The obvious concerns with Haye is the fact he is 36 years old and has very little rounds under his belt over the last five years. Endurance could be an issue if this bout goes into the later rounds, as we haven’t seen Haye box much in years. Haye has fought much of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Tony Bellew enters this fight with a 28-2-1 record that includes 18 knockouts. Bellew has won his last eight fights and is coming off an October win over BJ Flores. Bellew will enter this fight with a ton of confidence with him being in his most successful stretch of boxing and has a chance to prove he’s arguably the best cruiserweight in the world. Bellew will hope he can match power shots with Haye, and six of his last eight victories have come by knockout. Bellew must set the tone early if he’s going to give himself a chance for an upset, as Haye is too deadly once he gets comfortable. Bellew hasn’t lost a fight since his 2013 bout against Adonis Stevenson, the only time he’s been knocked out in his career. Bellew has fought much of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

The only real concerns with Haye in this bout are his age and lack of boxing over the years. If those weren’t question marks, Haye would win this fight in convincing fashion. Bellew is dripping with confidence right now, has been far more active and has the punching power that gives him a chance for the upset. However, the difference in this fight for me is Haye has a four-inch reach advantage over Bellew. When you add the size advantage along with Haye’s still terrific pop, Bellew is still climbing a steep hill to avoid his first loss in more than three years. Even with his age, Haye is still the better and powerful boxer between these two.

Look for Haye to win this fight likely in knockout.

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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:59:38 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=76613
<![CDATA[Derry Mathews vs. Ohara Davies Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 3/4/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/03/04/derry-mathews-vs-ohara-davies-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Derry Mathews and Ohara Davies fight Saturday at the O2 Arena for the WBC Silver Light welterweight title.

Derry Mathews enters this fight with a 38-11-2 record that includes 20 knockouts. Mathews has won four of his last six fights and is coming off an October loss to Luke Campbell. Mathews is in must-win mode after suffering back-to-back losses, which includes getting knocked out in his last bout despite being a -550 favorite. Yes, the competition hasn’t been easy for the 33-year-old Mathews, but he hasn’t looked sharp lately if we’re being completely…

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Derry Mathews and Ohara Davies fight Saturday at the O2 Arena for the WBC Silver Light welterweight title.

Derry Mathews enters this fight with a 38-11-2 record that includes 20 knockouts. Mathews has won four of his last six fights and is coming off an October loss to Luke Campbell. Mathews is in must-win mode after suffering back-to-back losses, which includes getting knocked out in his last bout despite being a -550 favorite. Yes, the competition hasn’t been easy for the 33-year-old Mathews, but he hasn’t looked sharp lately if we’re being completely honest. We know what Mathews is capable of when in good form, but he’s not getting any younger and his chin remains a major concern given that he’s been knocked out in eight of his 11 career losses. It’s time for Mathews to show and prove if he’s going to get another big bout. Mathews’ has fought all of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Ohara Davies enters this fight with a 14-0 record that includes 11 knockouts. This will be Davies’ sixth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a November win over Andrea Scarpa. Davies has been a name to keep an eye on, as he just turned pro in 2014 and has been steamrolling the competition and taking a very heavy workload during the process. Davies will be defending his belt for the first time and appears to be throwing his name in the hat as one of the top super lightweights at 25 years old. Davies is a tall, rangy puncher with quick hands and has sure knockout power with seven of his last eight bouts coming by stoppage. Davies’ has fought much of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Mathews hasn’t looked good in his last two bouts and has a long history of tasting the canvas against power punchers. Well, Davies is a boxer who is on the rise and is quickly becoming known for his range and power. This isn’t a good spot for Mathews no matter how desperate he is to prove he’s still got something left in the tank. Davies is aggressive and throws haymakers in every round. It’s only a matter of time before he catches Mathews and likely ends this thing in the sixth or seventh round.

Look for Davies to win this fight and inch closer to bigger and better fights as one of the top boxers in the UK.

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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:15:21 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=76610
<![CDATA[Sam Eggington vs. Paul Malignaggi Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 3/4/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/03/04/sam-eggington-vs-paul-malignaggi-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Sam Eggington and Paul Malignaggi fight Saturday at the O2 Arena for the WBC International welterweight title.

Sam Eggington enters this fight with a 19-3 record that includes 11 knockouts. Eggington has won 10 of his last 11 fights and is coming off an October win over Frankie Gavin. Eggington continues to stay busy with this being his eighth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off back-to-back knockouts to help put that loss to Bradley Skeete in the past. Eggington is one of the more promising boxers at 23 years old, as he has the aggressiveness,…

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Sam Eggington and Paul Malignaggi fight Saturday at the O2 Arena for the WBC International welterweight title.

Sam Eggington enters this fight with a 19-3 record that includes 11 knockouts. Eggington has won 10 of his last 11 fights and is coming off an October win over Frankie Gavin. Eggington continues to stay busy with this being his eighth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off back-to-back knockouts to help put that loss to Bradley Skeete in the past. Eggington is one of the more promising boxers at 23 years old, as he has the aggressiveness, proven chin and clear punching power that’s stopped eight of his last nine victories. Eggington has a very strong right hand and knows how to turn up his offensive game once he realizes his opponent is in trouble. Eggington has fought most of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Paul Malignaggi enters this fight with a 36-7 record that includes seven knockouts. Malignaggi has won his last three fights and is coming off a July win over Gabriel Bracero. Malignaggi is no longer the boxer he was many years ago at 36 years old, but he’s still an accomplished opponent who has been in the ring with some of the best and won’t be blinded by the bright lights. Malignaggi has just one fight since 2016 and has put together impressive performances against decent competition, but a trip across the pond against a rising star will be his biggest bout since fighting Shawn Porter a few years ago for the IBF welterweight title. In his prime, Malignaggi was a crafty fighter who had solid defensive instincts and quick hands that would allow him to make effective counters. This will be Malignaggi’s third fight in the United Kingdom.

Malignaggi has boxed nearly three times as many rounds as Eggington and has been in the ring against some of the top boxers of the last decade. He won’t be scared of the moment and has shown over his career he’s capable of beating boxers on their home soil. However, Malignaggi isn’t the fighter he used to be given his age and has been knocked out twice within his last five fights against boxers better than him. Eggington may be young, but he falls in the same boat as Porter and Danny Garcia. He’s quicker, has more power and will pounce once he sees an opening. Father time is undefeated and it would be a hell of an accomplishment for Malignaggi to pull off this feat.

I like Eggington to win this fight.

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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:26:11 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=76607
<![CDATA[James Dickens vs. Thomas Patrick Ward Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/25/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/02/25/james-dickens-vs-thomas-patrick-ward-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments James Dickens and Thomas Patrick Ward fight Saturday at the First Direct Arena for the British super bantamweight title.

James Dickens enters this fight with a 22-2 record that includes seven knockouts. Dickens has won six of his last seven fights and is coming off a July loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux. Dickens has been on a roll lately, but he is coming off a disappointing performance in his last fight for the WBA super bantamweight title that lasted just two rounds. Take away that bout, and Dickens has looked very impressive for 25 years old and…

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James Dickens and Thomas Patrick Ward fight Saturday at the First Direct Arena for the British super bantamweight title.

James Dickens enters this fight with a 22-2 record that includes seven knockouts. Dickens has won six of his last seven fights and is coming off a July loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux. Dickens has been on a roll lately, but he is coming off a disappointing performance in his last fight for the WBA super bantamweight title that lasted just two rounds. Take away that bout, and Dickens has looked very impressive for 25 years old and has proven to be an aggressive boxer who really keeps his opponent on their toes. The obvious concerns is that Dickens has been knocked out in both of his biggest fights and is coming off a broken jaw just seven months ago. Dickens has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Thomas Patrick Ward enters this fight with a 19-0 record that includes two knockouts. This will be Ward’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off an October win over Norbert Kalucza. Ward has very little film available, so it’s hard to get a great feel for his boxing ability. I’m sure a lot of it has to do with his subpar resume, as Ward’s biggest boxing match probably came against Robbie Turley last year. It’s safe to say the 22-year-old Ward needed a fight like this to prove himself and truly put himself on the map to boxing fans. Ward clearly lacks punching power, as he only has two career knockouts against low competition. However, Ward does have a high boxing IQ from limited film out there and has proven he can box rather than look to land the one big punch. Ward has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

This is a big jump up in competition for the young Ward, as Dickens is far more experienced against better boxers, has more pop behind his punches and is usually the aggressor in his bouts. Also, Dickens two career losses came against power punches, something he won’t have to worry about Ward. There’s also the fact there’s little film available on Ward, which makes it hard to put money on somebody I’m not sure what I’m getting. We know what Dickens brings to the table and he’s far more accomplished than Ward at this point.

I’ll take Dickens to get the victory here.

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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 02:46:12 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=76322
<![CDATA[Luke Campbell vs. Jairo Lopez Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/25/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/02/25/luke-campbell-vs-jairo-lopez-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Luke Campbell and Jairo Lopez fight Saturday at the Hull Arena for the WBC Silver lightweight title.

Luke Campbell enters this fight with a 15-1 record that includes 12 knockouts. Campbell has won his last three fights and is coming off an October win over Derry Mathews. Campbell has been on a mission since his 2015 loss to Yvan Mendy, as he’s produced two knockouts in his last three fights and will be defending his belt for the second time. Campbell remains one of the better and more accomplished boxers in the UK, and at just 29 years old, there’s…

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Luke Campbell and Jairo Lopez fight Saturday at the Hull Arena for the WBC Silver lightweight title.

Luke Campbell enters this fight with a 15-1 record that includes 12 knockouts. Campbell has won his last three fights and is coming off an October win over Derry Mathews. Campbell has been on a mission since his 2015 loss to Yvan Mendy, as he’s produced two knockouts in his last three fights and will be defending his belt for the second time. Campbell remains one of the better and more accomplished boxers in the UK, and at just 29 years old, there’s still time to climb up the lightweight rankings. Campbell has clear knockout power with eight of his last nine wins coming by stoppage, but his experience, boxing IQ and feel around the ring makes him one of the tougher boxers to figure out and pinpoint a clear weakness. Campbell has fought most of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Jairo Lopez enters this fight with a 21-6 record that includes 14 knockouts. Lopez has split his last six fights and is coming off an October win over Edgar Puerta. Lopez should have some confidence entering this fight after three straight victories and has a chance for by far the biggest victory of his career. Lopez has a subpar resume for the most part, but he does have a victory over Juan Carlos Salgado and did fight a decent boxer in Dante Jardon, so he shouldn’t be blinded that much by the bright lights. As for his boxing ability, Lopez has a decent chin, good movement and some punching power with four of his last six victories ending in knockout. This will be Lopez’s first fight outside of Mexico.

This seems like a fight simply to keep Campbell busy, as Lopez has never fought anybody close to the talent level he’ll face here, has never boxed outside of Mexico and has lost to most of the top fighters he’s faced. Lopez going to Campbell’s backyard and pulling off the upset would be one of the bigger shockers boxing has seen the last decade. Lopez isn’t seasoned, experienced or talented enough to hang with Campbell, who is one of the top lightweights in the world. This fight should be over rather quickly if we’re being honest.

Look for Campbell to win his fourth straight bout.

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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 01:52:35 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=76319
<![CDATA[Deontay Wilder vs. Gerald Washington Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/25/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/02/25/deontay-wilder-vs-gerald-washington-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Deontay Wilder and Gerald Washington fight Saturday at the Legacy Arena for the WBC World heavyweight title.

Deontay Wilder enters this fight with a 37-0 record that includes 36 knockouts. This will be Wilder’s sixth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a July win over Chris Arreola. Wilder continues to do what he’s done since turning pro in 2008, which is use his combination of power and athleticism to produce knockouts at a high level. Wilder is a massive boxer at 6’7” with an 83 inch reach and simply wears down his opponent over the course of…

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Deontay Wilder and Gerald Washington fight Saturday at the Legacy Arena for the WBC World heavyweight title.

Deontay Wilder enters this fight with a 37-0 record that includes 36 knockouts. This will be Wilder’s sixth fight since 2015, and he’s coming off a July win over Chris Arreola. Wilder continues to do what he’s done since turning pro in 2008, which is use his combination of power and athleticism to produce knockouts at a high level. Wilder is a massive boxer at 6’7” with an 83 inch reach and simply wears down his opponent over the course of 12 rounds. To express just how dominant Wilder can be, his first 32 fights were decided in the fourth round or earlier. Wilder will be defending his belt for the fifth straight time, but some do question the lack of competition he’s gone up against recently. This will be Wilder’s ninth fight in Alabama, his birthplace.

Gerald Washington enters this fight with a 18-0-1 record that includes 12 knockouts. Washington has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a July win over Ray Austin. Washington will have his first title shot at 34 years old and less than five years since turning pro back in 2012. Washington is a freeswinger who packs a strong right hand and can be rather wild at times. Washington is also a big boxer at 6’6” with an 82 inch reach and could be dangerous if he’s able to land some of his shots early. This is a clear show and prove fight for Washington, as this is head and shoulders his toughest opponent of his young career. This will be Washington’s second fight in Alabama.

Washington matches up well with Wilder size wise, but that’s about it. Washington is slow, lacks defense and has very little technique. He’s more of a free swinger who is just super aggressive and is able to bully opponents who aren’t skilled or are past their prime. Along with Anthony Joshua, Wilder is the cream of the crop in the heavyweight division and has great skills to go along with his punching power. Washington is in over his head here, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he tastes the canvas rather early in this bout. This fight shouldn't be close.

Look for Wilder to remain undefeated.

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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:56:34 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=75545
<![CDATA[Cecilia Braekhus vs. Klara Svensson Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/24/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/02/24/cecilia-braekhus-vs-klara-svensson-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Cecilia Braekhus and Klara Svensson fight Friday night at The Spectrum for the WBC World female welterweight title.

Cecilia Braekhus enters this fight with a 29-0 record that includes eight knockouts. This will be Braekhus’ third fight since 2016, and she’s coming off an October win over Anne Sophie Mathis. Braekhus will be fighting for just the third time since her 2014 bout against Jennifer Retzke and will be defending a belt for an 18th straight fight. This fight was supposed to happen a month ago but was postponed due to Braekhus getting the…

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Cecilia Braekhus and Klara Svensson fight Friday night at The Spectrum for the WBC World female welterweight title.

Cecilia Braekhus enters this fight with a 29-0 record that includes eight knockouts. This will be Braekhus’ third fight since 2016, and she’s coming off an October win over Anne Sophie Mathis. Braekhus will be fighting for just the third time since her 2014 bout against Jennifer Retzke and will be defending a belt for an 18th straight fight. This fight was supposed to happen a month ago but was postponed due to Braekhus getting the flu. Braekhus is known for her rapid combinations and her accuracy that wears down her opponent. Braekhus is also very solid defensively with great head movement. The one concern with Braekhus is her lack of recent time in the ring and the fact she had a serious sickness just a month ago. Braekhus has fought much of her career in Norway, her current residence.

Klara Svensson enters this fight with a 17-1 record that includes five knockouts. Svensson has won five of her last six fights and is coming off a September win over Mikaela Lauren. Svensson has been climbing the rankings for quite some time and now has a chance to prove herself in the biggest fight of her career. Svensson is a good technical boxer with impressive speed and power despite not producing a knockout since her 2014 win over Veronika Hornyak. Svensson has won six of her last seven fights by unanimous decision and her only career loss was in 2015 to Erica Farias. This will be Svensson’s first fight in Norway.

These odds are pretty crazy when you consider Svensson has been the more active boxer recently and has youth as well as speed on her side. While Braekhus has dominated boxing for quite some time, she is getting u there in age at 35 years old and her training was recently interrupted due to having the flu. This should be a closer fight than what the odds indicate. However, if we’re picking a winner, Braekhus has provided no reason to bet against her based on her track record and the fact she’s been in big fights before. Svensson has never been in a fight this massive, her quality of opponents is subpar and she’s never faced a fighter as talented or seasoned as Braekhus.

I look for Braekhus to remain undefeated.

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Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:07:22 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=75401