<![CDATA[Boxing RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Kell Brook vs. Sergey Rabchenko Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 3/3/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/03/03/kell-brook-vs-sergey-rabchenko-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Kell Brook and Sergey Rabchenko fight Saturday at the Sheffield Arena. 

Kell Brook enters this fight with a 36-2 record that includes 25 knockouts. Brook has won 10 of his last 12 fights and is coming off a May loss to Errol Spence Jr. Brook went from being an undefeated fighter to dropping his last two bouts and kind of becoming an afterthought in the loaded welterweight divison. Brook needs to do whatever he can to kind of build his reputation back, as back-to-back knockout losses isn’t a good look. Brook is a 31-year-old who stands at 5’9” and has a 69 inch reach…

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Kell Brook and Sergey Rabchenko fight Saturday at the Sheffield Arena. 

Kell Brook enters this fight with a 36-2 record that includes 25 knockouts. Brook has won 10 of his last 12 fights and is coming off a May loss to Errol Spence Jr. Brook went from being an undefeated fighter to dropping his last two bouts and kind of becoming an afterthought in the loaded welterweight divison. Brook needs to do whatever he can to kind of build his reputation back, as back-to-back knockout losses isn’t a good look. Brook is a 31-year-old who stands at 5’9” and has a 69 inch reach with an orthodox stance. When in good form, Brook relies on athleticism and a high boxing IQ. Brook isn’t exactly a knockout artist, but he delivers accurate punches and is a successful counter puncher. Brook can comfortably fight inside or outside and that makes it difficult for his opponent to get comfortable and find a rhythm. Brook also has pop behind his punches with nine of his last 12 wins ending in stoppage. Brook has boxed majority of his career in England, his birthplace. 

Sergey Rabchenko enters this fight with a 29-2 record that includes 22 knockouts. Rabchenko has won eight of his last 10 fights and is coming off a September win over Siarhei Krapshyla. Rabchenko has put together back-to-back victories since his 2016 loss to Tony Harrison, and has a shot at the biggest win of his career, especially considering this bout is outside of Belarus. Rabchenko is a 32-year-old who stands at 5’10” and has an orthodox stance. Rabchenko is an aggressive boxer who is usually always coming forward and has decent hand speed that allows him to counter well. The one thing that sticks out with Rabchenko the most is his toughness, as he walks through a lot of punches and eats a lot of shots due to his subpar defense. Harrison did knockout Rabchenko, but he’s shown a great chin over his career and has this brawler type feel to his game. Rabchenko is simply a tough boxer who is going to put up a fight regardless of win, lose or draw. This will be Rabchenko’s seventh fight in England.

This is a tricky fight for Brook, as he looked bad in back-to-back fights and is now moving up seven pounds from welterweight to light middleweight. There’s also the whole thing about Brook’s eye that suffered a broken socket against Spence and needed surgery. What I’m trying to say is who knows what to expect from Brook. To his credit though, GGG and Spence aren’t the easiest fighters in the world, obviously, so maybe it will be business as usual for Brook. Rabchenko is a tough boxer who hits hard and is going to put pressure on Brook. If he’s timid for a round or two and isn’t ready to get his hands dirty, this could result in an upset. I’m not as confident as I am in most of my other picks, but I’m going to give Brook the benefit of the doubt. I still think there’s something left in the tank, and this is kind of a must win for the 31-year-old if he’s going to right his career.

Tough fight, but I give the edge to Brook in front of his home fans.

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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:59:39 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105398
<![CDATA[Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/24/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/02/24/srisaket-sor-rungvisai-vs-juan-francisco-estrada-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada fight Saturday at The Forum for the WBC super flyweight title.

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai enters this fight with a 44-4-1 record that includes 40 knockouts. Sor Rungvisai has won 17 straight fights, and he’s coming off a September win over Roman Gonzalez. Sor Rungvisai was able to put the doubters to bed after following up a majority decision with a knockout win over Chocolatito, and he’ll defend his belt for the second time. Sor Rungvisai is a 31-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’3” with a 63 inch reach and will fight…

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Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada fight Saturday at The Forum for the WBC super flyweight title.

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai enters this fight with a 44-4-1 record that includes 40 knockouts. Sor Rungvisai has won 17 straight fights, and he’s coming off a September win over Roman Gonzalez. Sor Rungvisai was able to put the doubters to bed after following up a majority decision with a knockout win over Chocolatito, and he’ll defend his belt for the second time. Sor Rungvisai is a 31-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’3” with a 63 inch reach and will fight out of Thailand for the seventh time. Sor Rungvisai hasn’t lost since his 2014 bout with Carlos Cuadras and is fighting for the eighth time since 2016. Sor Rungvisai is a very tough boxer for his small frame, as he throws extremely powerful punches and has a strong left hand that has produced countless knockouts in his career. Sor Rungvisai likes to dictate the pace of the fight and does a good job of working the body to open up head shots. The concern is Sor Rungvisai can be a bit reckless and has been penalized numerous times in the past for headbutts. But after beating Gonzalez twice, Wangek has earned respect from anybody who questioned his skills. This will be Wangek’s second fight in California. 

Juan Francisco Estrada enters this fight with a 36-2 record that includes 25 knockouts. Estrada has won his last 10 fights, and he’s coming off a September win over Carlos Cuadras. Estrada hasn’t lost since his 2012 bout with Chocolatito and will fight for the fourth time since the start of 2016. Estrada is a 27-year-old Mexican who stands at 5’4”, has a 66 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Estrada is an aggressive, pressure fighter who likes to work the body, has pop behind his punches and doesn’t mind getting in a brawl at times to win rounds. Estrada has stopped five of his last eight opponents and that of course includes a surprising knockout over Giovani Segura. Estrada is also a durable fighter with a respectable chin despite being knocked down twice in his career. A win here would put Estrada in the conversation as the best Mexican boxer pound for pound. This will be Estrada’s third fight in California. 

Estrada has earned this fight after beating Cuadras in his last bout and beating Segura a few years ago. He’s proven he’s ready for the big stage and can hold his own against some of the best in the world. Estrada also has a size advantage over Wangek, and you can argue he’s the better pure boxer between the two. However, Wangek has a clear advantage in punching power, rarely sees a decision and we have see Estrada get knocked down a couple of times by fighters who don’t pack the punch that Sor Rungvisai does. Wangek also beat Chocolatito twice where as Estrada lost a decision against him and it wasn’t really that close. It’s going to be tough for Estrada to win this fight and dodge the constant power punches that will be coming his way.

Look for Wangek to win this fight, possibly producing yet another knockout.

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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:10:50 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105395
<![CDATA[Raymundo Beltran vs. Paulus Moses Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/16/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/02/16/raymundo-beltran-vs-paulus-moses-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Raymundo Beltran and Paulus Moses fight Friday at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for the WBO World Lightweight Title.

Raymundo Beltran enters this fight with a 34-7-1 record that includes 21 knockouts. Beltran has won his last five fights, and he’s coming off a August win over Bryan Vasquez. Beltran had a really impressive 2017 in which he beat Vasquez in a tight decision and knocked out Jonathan Maicelo, all while positioning himself to become a green card holder and stay in the States. Beltran went from kind of being an afterthought to causal boxing fans to one…

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Raymundo Beltran and Paulus Moses fight Friday at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for the WBO World Lightweight Title.

Raymundo Beltran enters this fight with a 34-7-1 record that includes 21 knockouts. Beltran has won his last five fights, and he’s coming off a August win over Bryan Vasquez. Beltran had a really impressive 2017 in which he beat Vasquez in a tight decision and knocked out Jonathan Maicelo, all while positioning himself to become a green card holder and stay in the States. Beltran went from kind of being an afterthought to causal boxing fans to one of the top lightweights in the world. Beltran is a 36-year-old who stands at 5’8”, has a 68 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Beltran is most known for his quickness and counter ability, but he’s displayed some power as of late with four of his last five wins ending in stoppage. Beltran has knockout potential and can take a punch, but he’s much more effective when he’s breaking down his opponent and outworking them in the later rounds. This will be Beltran’s fifth fight in Nevada.

Paulus Moses enters this fight with a 40-3 record that includes 25 knockouts. Moses has won his last four fights, and he’s coming off a September win over Saidi Mundi. Moses enters this fight with 16 years under his belt, as he’s currently the WBO International lightweight champion and the second best boxer from Namibia behind Julius Indongo. Moses has nearly 300 rounds under his belt and has won each of his last three fights by knockout. Moses is a 39-year-old who stands at 5’8”, has a 72 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Moses is a lengthy, slippery fighter despite his age, as he moves well in the ring and is able to slip punches well. Moses is rather solid defensively and can be dangerous with his counters due to his wide, awkward stance. Moses isn’t the most accurate puncher in the world, but he can put together quick combinations and has shown he has some pop behind his hands even if his recent competition hasn’t been the best. This will be Moses’ first fight in the United States.

This is a decent fight for a Friday night and a chance for Moses to add possibly the biggest win on his resume or for a chance to Beltran to add to his momentum. Moses is the bigger fighter and that length could cause some problems for the Mexican. But in terms of who the better boxer is and who should win, it’s Beltran. He throws the more accurate punches and has the advantage in power as well. Moses can be a little too passive on the offensive end and doesn’t exactly have anything that should scare Beltran. This is a fight where Sugar could walk through his opponent if we’re being completely honest.

I like Beltran to win this fight.

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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:21:53 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105365
<![CDATA[Yunier Dorticos vs. Murat Gassiev Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/3/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/02/03/yunier-dorticos-vs-murat-gassiev-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Yunier Dorticos and Murat Gassiev fight Saturday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome for the IBF World Cruiserweight Title.

Yunier Dorticos enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 21 knockouts. This will be Dorticos’ third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a September win over Dmitry Kudryashov. Dorticos is coming off a second round knockout over a very good Russian and will be defending his WBA (Regular) cruiserweight title once again. Dorticos is 31 years old, stands at 6’3”, has a reach of 80 inches and an orthodox stance. Dorticos is considered the KO doctor…

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Yunier Dorticos and Murat Gassiev fight Saturday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome for the IBF World Cruiserweight Title.

Yunier Dorticos enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 21 knockouts. This will be Dorticos’ third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a September win over Dmitry Kudryashov. Dorticos is coming off a second round knockout over a very good Russian and will be defending his WBA (Regular) cruiserweight title once again. Dorticos is 31 years old, stands at 6’3”, has a reach of 80 inches and an orthodox stance. Dorticos is considered the KO doctor for a reason, as Edison Miranda is the only fighter to take him the distance, and nine of his last 11 fights have been stopped in the fourth round or earlier. Dorticos has a powerful straight right and doesn’t waste much time jumping on his opponent. Dorticos has terrific size for a cruiserweight and may be the hardest puncher within the division when talking about pure power. This will be Dorticos’ second fight outside of the United States.

Murat Gassiev enters this fight with a 25-0 record that includes 18 knockouts. This will be Gassiev’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a October win over Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. Gassiev will be defending his IBF cruiserweight title for the second straight fight and has a chance to throw his name in the hat as the best cruiserweight in the world with a victory here. Gassiev is 24 years old, stands at 6’3”, has a reach of 76 inches and an orthodox stance. Gassiev has a pressure style, as he’s usually always coming forward and throws powerful, accurate compact punches that have one-punch knockout potential. Gassiev has very heavy hands and his right hand may be the best of any boxer within the division currently, as its dropped many of his past opponents. Given his youth and the resume he’s put together already, Gassiev has a chance to quickly climb the pound for pound list and open himself up to some big time fights moving forward, if he can get the victory here. Gassiev has fought most of his career in Russia, his birthplace. 

Another wonderful fight to kick off what should be a fun 2018 of boxing. Two big cruiserweights who have undefeated records and are powerful punchers with high knockout percentages. It has the potential to be a bloodbath and is sure to be an early candidate for fight of the year. As for picking a winner, I’m going to side with Gassiev. Not only is he fighting in his own backyard, but he’s the more skilled boxer who throws compact punches while not effecting his defense. Dorticos can be a bit wild at times and that opens himself up to counters, something you can’t do against somebody as skilled and powerful as Gassiev. Gassiev is also one of the few cruiserweights who matches up with Dorticos size wise, so he won’t be able to use that to his advantage either. 

As long as Gassiev can avoid the haymaker, I like him to win this bout.

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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:42:52 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105359
<![CDATA[Oleksandr Usyk vs. Mairis Briedis Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/27/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/01/27/oleksandr-usyk-vs-mairis-briedis-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Oleksandr Usyk and Mairis Briedis fight Saturday at the Arēna Rīga for the WBC cruiserweight title.

Oleksandr Usyk enters this fight with a 13-0 record that includes 11 knockouts. This will be Usyk’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a September win over Marco Huck. Usyk is coming off a successful 2017, as he hopes to prove he’s truly one of the best pound for pound fighters, and he is defending his belt for the fourth time. Usyk is a 31-year-old southpaw who stands at 6’3” and has a 78 inch reach. Usyk is most known for his punching power and hard shots…

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Oleksandr Usyk and Mairis Briedis fight Saturday at the Arēna Rīga for the WBC cruiserweight title.

Oleksandr Usyk enters this fight with a 13-0 record that includes 11 knockouts. This will be Usyk’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a September win over Marco Huck. Usyk is coming off a successful 2017, as he hopes to prove he’s truly one of the best pound for pound fighters, and he is defending his belt for the fourth time. Usyk is a 31-year-old southpaw who stands at 6’3” and has a 78 inch reach. Usyk is most known for his punching power and hard shots to the body, but the movement for a guy this big is what separates himself from the rest of the guys in this sport. Usyk moves well with his punches and bobs and weaves counters that allow him to be even more effective with his combinations. Of course, Usyk’s variety of punches along with his overwhelming pop is tough to deal with, as he hits like a heavyweight and showed it in his last bout against the quality German. Even with just 93 rounds under his belt, Usyk has shown he’s worth the hype. This will be Usyk’s first fight in Latvia.

Mairis Briedis enters this fight with a 23-0 record that includes 18 knockouts. This will be Briedis’ sixth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off an September win over Mike Perez. Briedis also had a really promising 2017 after beating Huck and Perez in unanimous decisions, and he’s now out to prove he’s possibly the best cruiserweight in the world. Briedis is 32 years old, stands at 6’1” with an 80 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Briedis is one of the strongest punchers within the division and seven of his last nine fights have ended in the ninth round or earlier. Briedis’ last two fights have ended in decisions, but he’s always a punch away from ending things, and that part of his game can not be overlooked. And while many talk about that obvious power, the fact Briedis out boxed two great fighters back-to-back shows that he’s more than a guy looking to land that haymaker, as he can breakdown his opponent and be patient when needed. Briedis has fought most of his career in Latvia, his birthplace.

We just had one of the best years in boxing in quite some time, and a fight like this kicks off 2018 to help carry that momentum. My goodness, this is going to be a battle that can’t be missed. Both guys undefeated, and you can truly make a case for either fighter. Briedis has the advantage in pure punching power and one-punch knockout potential, while Usyk has the advantage in hand speed and combinations. It’s a matter of who can dictate their style the most and take control of this bout. For me, I’m siding with Usyk. He’s not only the bigger fighter, but his ability to mix up his punches, land combinations and take a punch is going to frustrate Briedis. One punch knockout artists can lose confidence in the ring when it takes more than that to win, and Usyk is the type of fighter you’re going to have to outwork in order to beat him.

We’re splitting hairs here, but I side with Usyk in this bout.

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:37:25 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105158
<![CDATA[Milan Melindo vs. Ryoichi Taguchi Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/31/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/12/31/milan-melindo-vs-ryoichi-taguchi-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Milan Melindo and Ryoichi Taguchi fight Sunday at the Ota City General Gymnasium for the IBF World Light Flyweight Title.

Milan Melindo enters this fight with a 37-2 record that includes 13 knockouts. Melindo has won his last five fights, and he’s coming off a September win over Hekkie Budler. Melindo hasn’t lost since his 2015 bout with Javier Mendoza and will defend his belt for the second time. Melindo is a 29-year-old boxer who stands at 5’2” with a 65 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Melindo is coming off a split decision victory that could have gone either…

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Milan Melindo and Ryoichi Taguchi fight Sunday at the Ota City General Gymnasium for the IBF World Light Flyweight Title.

Milan Melindo enters this fight with a 37-2 record that includes 13 knockouts. Melindo has won his last five fights, and he’s coming off a September win over Hekkie Budler. Melindo hasn’t lost since his 2015 bout with Javier Mendoza and will defend his belt for the second time. Melindo is a 29-year-old boxer who stands at 5’2” with a 65 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Melindo is coming off a split decision victory that could have gone either way, which seems to be the result for a lot of his fights throughout his career. Melindo doesn’t have the most power in the world, putting pressure on him to outwork his opponent, and six of his last eight wins have come by decision. Melindo lands rapid combinations, has a very strong left hand and simply knows how to win rounds with his effectiveness and accuracy. Melindo is not an easy boxer to face. This will be Melindo’s second time fighting in Tokyo. 

Ryoichi Taguchi enters this fight with a 26-2-2 record that includes 12 knockouts. Taguchi has won eight of his last nine fights, and he’s coming off a July win over Robert Barrera. Taguchi hasn’t lost a fight since his 2013 bout with Naoya Inoue and will be defending his belt for the seventh time. Taguchi is a 32-year-old who stands at 5’5”, has a 67 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Taguchi is an aggressive fighter with a pressure style and good defense, as he keeps his hands high in good position and waits for his opponent to make a mistake. Taguchi loves working the body and despite the lack of knockouts, he can hurt with a body shot, something he’s done many times in his career. Taguchi has a good work rate and does a good job of slipping punches, which also helps on his counters. Taguchi has fought his whole career in Japan, his birthplace. 

This is a really solid fight to end the year on what has been a spectacular year for the sport of boxing. Both fighters have a good work rate and are going to want to dictate the pace and get their licks in. The difference here is Melindo’s IQ and hand speed, as he’s going to be able to pick his spots and take advantage of any mistakes Taguchi makes. He’ll also be able to play off of Taguchi’s aggressiveness, landing a few counters here and there. While this is in Taguchi’s backyard, we also haven’t seen him beat an opponent at the level of Melindo, so this is a decent step up in competition. While impressive, Taguchi may be overmatched a bit in this bout.

I like Melindo to win a close one.

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:53:36 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=105155
<![CDATA[Tony Bellew vs. David Haye Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/5/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/5/5/tony-bellew-vs-david-haye-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Tony Bellew and David Haye fight Saturday 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 Saturday 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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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:48:46 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97781
<![CDATA[Francisco Vargas vs Stephen Smith 9 December 2017: Boxing Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/12/09/francisco-vargas-vs-stephen-smith-9-december-2017-boxing-preview-and-predictions#comments Mexican boxer Francisco Vargas takes on British boxer Stephen Smith in Las Vegas this weekend. This should be a great fight with two boxer that will both want to win. Smith knows that a loss in this fight could end his title hopes so this should be a very interesting fight.

This is the second time that Stephen Smith will fight in the USA but after a loss in his first fight in this country, he will be very determined to get a win this time around. Smith is one of the fastest fighters in the world and he will be hopeful of using his speed to his…

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Mexican boxer Francisco Vargas takes on British boxer Stephen Smith in Las Vegas this weekend. This should be a great fight with two boxer that will both want to win. Smith knows that a loss in this fight could end his title hopes so this should be a very interesting fight.

This is the second time that Stephen Smith will fight in the USA but after a loss in his first fight in this country, he will be very determined to get a win this time around. Smith is one of the fastest fighters in the world and he will be hopeful of using his speed to his advantage. This is a 12 round fight so it will be important for the Brit to manage himself so he can last till the end if that is what is needed.

On the other side of the coin, Francisco Vargas has not fought since January meaning he will be rusty. 12 months is a long time for a boxer not to fight so it will be interesting to see how he starts. The Mexican needs to start well since he will be up against a younger and fitter fighter so the latter rounds will be in Smiths advantage. Vargas has not won a fight for approximately 18 months so I think it is going to be hard for him to win this fight.

As far as the result is concerned, I am going to predict that Stephen Smith will win this fight. He is the better and fitter fighter so I think that he should get the job done. We are getting a really good price on this bet and as a result I am going to suggest that this is the best bet for this fight.

 

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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 03:55:38 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104243
<![CDATA[Gilberto Ramirez vs. Habib Ahmed Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/3/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/02/03/gilberto-ramirez-vs-habib-ahmed-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Gilberto Ramirez and Habib Ahmed fight Saturday at the Bank of America Center for the WBO World Super Middleweight Title.

Gilberto Ramirez enters this fight with a 36-0 record that includes 24 knockouts. This will be Ramirez’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a September win over Jesse Hart. Ramirez had a successful 2017 with two unanimous decision victories, and he will be defending his belt for the third time. Ramirez is a 26-year-old who stands at 6’2”, has a reach of 75 inches and a southpaw stance. Ramirez has a strong left hand and is a terrific body…

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Gilberto Ramirez and Habib Ahmed fight Saturday at the Bank of America Center for the WBO World Super Middleweight Title.

Gilberto Ramirez enters this fight with a 36-0 record that includes 24 knockouts. This will be Ramirez’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a September win over Jesse Hart. Ramirez had a successful 2017 with two unanimous decision victories, and he will be defending his belt for the third time. Ramirez is a 26-year-old who stands at 6’2”, has a reach of 75 inches and a southpaw stance. Ramirez has a strong left hand and is a terrific body puncher who can be relentless at times despite not producing a knockout since his 2014 victory over Fulgencio Zuniga. Ramirez is extremely comfortable on the inside and boxes with terrific control. Ramirez has thrown his name in the ring as possibly the best super middleweight on the planet, and he may have his best boxing ahead of him given hi young age. This will be Ramirez’s fourth fight in the United States.

Habib Ahmed enters this fight with a 25-0-1 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Ahmed’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a September win over Flash Issaka. This will easily be the biggest test for Ahmed, who has spent majority of his career beating up on guys with losing records and guys with little rank. Ahmed has 123 rounds under his belt and his one notable victory came against Philip Kotey early last year. Ahmed also spent his first few fights fighting a prison canteen, so you can take what you want with that information. Other than that, there’s little known about Ahmed, which includes no film available, so it’s really tough to break him down. Heck, even Ramirez admitted he knows little about his upcoming opponent, so this makes for a really odd bout. This will be the first time Ahmed has boxed outside of his home of Ghana.

It’s tough to give a proper prediction without knowing much about Ahmed. He hasn’t fought anybody respectable throughout his career and has no film available to study his style. The one thing we do know is that Ahmed would probably have had bigger bouts by now if he was some kind of rising star. This is simply a stay busy fight to keep Ramirez ready for a bigger bout later in the year. And somebody who hasn’t fought this type of competition or outside the comfort of their backyard is going to have a hard time matching up. Without knowing anything about Ahmed, you don’t go from boxing no names to one of the more talented fighters in the world and expect success. There’s levels to this.

Ramirez remains undefeated.

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<![CDATA[George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr. Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/17/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/02/17/george-groves-vs-chris-eubank-jr-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr. fight Saturday at Manchester Arena for the WBA Super World Super Middleweight Title. 

George Groves enters this fight with a 27-3 record that includes 20 knockouts. Groves has won his last six fights, and he’s coming off a October win over Jamie Cox. Groves hasn’t lost since his 2015 bout with Badou Jack and will defend his belt for the second time. Groves is 29 years old, stands at 5’11”, has a 72 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Groves is a brawler in the ring who likes to throw combinations and throws punches with a purpose.…

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George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr. fight Saturday at Manchester Arena for the WBA Super World Super Middleweight Title. 

George Groves enters this fight with a 27-3 record that includes 20 knockouts. Groves has won his last six fights, and he’s coming off a October win over Jamie Cox. Groves hasn’t lost since his 2015 bout with Badou Jack and will defend his belt for the second time. Groves is 29 years old, stands at 5’11”, has a 72 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Groves is a brawler in the ring who likes to throw combinations and throws punches with a purpose. Groves has stopped seven of his last 10 opponents and has knockout potential in both hands. Groves has good movement for a guy his size and could take less of a beating if he wanted to, but he always thinks he has the upper-hand if its going to be a battle of trading punches. Five of Groves last seven victories have ended in knockout, and his two fights in 2017 lasted a combined 10 rounds. Groves has fought majority of his career in the UK, his birthplace. 

Chris Eubank Jr. enters this fight with a 26-1 record that includes 20 knockouts. Eubank has won his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a October win over Avni Yildirim. Eubank hasn’t lost since his 2014 bout with Billy Joe Saunders and will defend his IBO super-middleweight title for the third time. Eubank is 28 years old who stands at 5’11” with a 72 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Eubank has always had the athleticism, the quick hands and the explosiveness to his punches, but he's displaying more recent punching power, as he's stopped six of his last seven opponents by the 10th round or earlier. Eubank is starting to put all of the pieces together as he gains experience against quality opponents, and he's been quietly making a case as the best super middleweight in the world. Eubank has fought majority of his career in the UK, his birthplace. 

This is going to be a hell of a bout to kind of kick off the new year in boxing. There’s a reason why the tickets sold out so fast. You could make a case for either one of these guys, and I think it’s fair to say Groves is the better boxer overall. However, I’m siding with Eubank because of his stamina. Eubank does a great job of pacing himself and keeping something in the tank for the later rounds where he becomes the aggressor and finishes his opponent. That’s a bad matchup for somebody like Groves, who can be a bit wild and gets too caught up in a brawl type bout where he can tire himself out at times. Eubank would also have the advantage boxing on the upside due to his uppercuts that have done so much damage against other quality opponents.

Fun fight for all fighting fans, but I have Eubank winning this bout.

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