<![CDATA[Boxing RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Shawn Porter vs. Andre Berto Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/22/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/04/22/shawn-porter-vs-andre-berto-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Shawn Porter and Andre Berto fight Saturday at the Barclays Center.

Shawn Porter enters this fight with a 26-2-1 record that includes 16 knockouts. Porter has won six of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a June loss to Keith Thurman. Porter may not have been on the winning side of Thuman and Kell Brook, but both fights came down to the wire and there’s a case to be made he won those bouts. Porter has proven himself as one of the top welterweights in the world and could get a rematch with somebody if he gets the job done here. Porter isn’t…

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Shawn Porter and Andre Berto fight Saturday at the Barclays Center.

Shawn Porter enters this fight with a 26-2-1 record that includes 16 knockouts. Porter has won six of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a June loss to Keith Thurman. Porter may not have been on the winning side of Thuman and Kell Brook, but both fights came down to the wire and there’s a case to be made he won those bouts. Porter has proven himself as one of the top welterweights in the world and could get a rematch with somebody if he gets the job done here. Porter isn’t the sexy boxer many prefer, but he’s vicious on the inside who simply outworks his opponents with great technical ability and high boxing IQ. Porter loves to come forward and is going to force his opponent to box if he wants a chance to win on the scorecard. This will be Porter’s third fight in New York.

Andre Berto enters this fight with a 31-4 record that includes 24 knockouts. Berto has split his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a April win over Victor Ortiz. Berto redeemed himself from the loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr and now hopes to win back-to-back fights for the second time since 2010. Berto has unquestioned experience against top tier fighters and has a nasty jab to go with a strong right uppercut that’s fight changing when it lands cleanly. The problem is Berto hasn’t been the same fighter due to injuries and surgeries, and the pop along with the offensive attack overall isn't the same. That’s the main reason Berto has come up short in a lot of his biggest fights as of late. This will be Berto’s seventh fight in New York.

Even as he’s getting up there in age and with all the injuries, Berto is still a respectable opponent who has shown flashes of being who he once was. However, Berto has lost more fights against quality competition than he’s won recently, which includes his bouts against Mayweather, Robert Guerrero and his first matchup against Ortiz. Berto is not the same fighter he was before his shoulder surgery and Porter is the rough, rugged, relentless boxer who brings the fight to you. It’s going to be tough for Berto to outbox Porter and his heavy workrate.

Another solid fight for Showtime with two notable names, but Showtime will be the one who gets the victory here.

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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:55:24 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81776
<![CDATA[Kubrat Pulev vs. Kevin Johnson Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/28/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/04/28/kubrat-pulev-vs-kevin-johnson-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Kubrat Pulev and Kevin Johnson fight Friday at the Arena Armeec for the WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title.

Kubrat Pulev enters this fight with a 24-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Pulev has won his last four fights, and he’s coming off a December win over Samuel Peter. Pulev has bounced back nicely from his 2014 loss to Wladimir Klitschko and will be defending his new belt for the first time. Pulev is getting up there in age, but he’s still a massive heavyweight at 6’5” who does a terrific job of using his range and boxing IQ to take…

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Kubrat Pulev and Kevin Johnson fight Friday at the Arena Armeec for the WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title.

Kubrat Pulev enters this fight with a 24-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Pulev has won his last four fights, and he’s coming off a December win over Samuel Peter. Pulev has bounced back nicely from his 2014 loss to Wladimir Klitschko and will be defending his new belt for the first time. Pulev is getting up there in age, but he’s still a massive heavyweight at 6’5” who does a terrific job of using his range and boxing IQ to take advantage of his opponents. Pulev is the type of boxer you have to box to beat, as you can’t lean on him and slow things down to your liking. Pulev doesn’t have ferocious power from a man his size but seven of his last 10 victories have come by stoppage. This will be Pulev’s second fight in Bulgaria, his birthplace.

Kevin Johnson enters this fight with a 30-7-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Johnson has lost six of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a March win over Jamal Woods. Johnson has been piling up losses over the years and has fought just once since his 2015 bout against Anthony Joshua. Johnson clearly still has confidence in himself taking on fights of this magnitude, but it’s quite clear father time has caught up to him at 37 years old. As for his boxing skills, Johnson has a solid 82 inch reach and a strong right hand that can tip the scales of the fight if he lands cleanly. While he doesn’t have a knockout victory recently, Johnson has won eight of his last 11 fights by stoppage, so he has potential to do damage if he can find his form again. This will be Johnson’s first fight in Bulgaria.

This could have been a cool fight a few years ago when Johnson was actually capable of winning and wasn’t a 37-year-old who is pretty much on his way out of the sport. Even then, however, Pulev probably would have won. Pulev is the smarter boxer and will likely bring the fight to Johnson until the American caves. There’s just not much Johnson can do in this fight and he hasn’t shown much on the positive side of things. Not to mention Pulev will be the heavy crowd favorite.

Pulev wins this fight and could do it in knockout.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:42:45 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81632
<![CDATA[Rocky Fielding vs. John Ryder Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/22/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/04/22/rocky-fielding-vs-john-ryder-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Rocky Fielding and John Ryder fight Saturday at the Echo Arena for the British Super Middleweight title.

Rocky Fielding enters this fight with a 23-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Fielding has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off an October win over Istvan Zeller. Fielding has bounced back nicely from his 2015 loss to Callum Smith and hopes to win his third straight fight while getting another belt. Besides being knocked out in the first round against Smith, Fielding has been one of the more consistent super middleweights and…

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Rocky Fielding and John Ryder fight Saturday at the Echo Arena for the British Super Middleweight title.

Rocky Fielding enters this fight with a 23-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Fielding has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off an October win over Istvan Zeller. Fielding has bounced back nicely from his 2015 loss to Callum Smith and hopes to win his third straight fight while getting another belt. Besides being knocked out in the first round against Smith, Fielding has been one of the more consistent super middleweights and is a 10-top UK boxer within the division. Fielding isn’t known for having a ton of punching power, but he does land some powerful shots and does a fine job of working the body. Three of Fielding’s last five wins have come by knockout and he’s tough to stop once his offensive attack gets rolling. Fielding has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

John Ryder enters this fight with a 24-3 record that includes 12 knockouts. Ryder has won 10 of his last 13 fights, and he’s coming off a February win over Adam Etches. Ryder has a chance to win another belt after winning the IBF International super-middleweight title in his last bout. This is a major quick turnaround for the 28-year-old Ryder, and it will be his fifth fight overall since 2016. Ryder is a solid technical and pressure fighter who likes to come forward, and he throws a variety of punches. Ryder may not have terrific power, but he works hard in the ring and steals rounds from being so aggressive. Ryder has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

This is a nice little fight between two decent fighters who have been making their way up the ranks over the years. Ryder will try to pressure Fielding and overwhelm him with his aggressiveness, while Rocky will counter with shots to the body in hopes of slowing him down. When all said and done, you have to give the edge to Fielding given his consistency over his career and the fact he has the power advantage as well. Fielding has just one hiccup, which was quite bizarre if we’re being honest. Meanwhile, Ryder has lost some of the biggest fights of his career, which includes bouts against Nick Blackwell and Billy Joe Saunders.

Hard to bet against Fielding in this matchup.

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:49:41 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81521
<![CDATA[Martin Murray vs. Gabriel Rosado Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/22/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/04/22/martin-murray-vs-gabriel-rosado-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Martin Murray and Gabriel Rosado fight Saturday at the Echo Arena.

Martin Murray enters this fight with a 34-4-1 record that includes 16 knockouts. Murray has won five of his last seven fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Nuhu Lawal. Murray could use a big victory here after being hit or miss recently which kind of started when he was knocked out by Gennady Golovkin. The good news for Murray is that he’s had a ton of success in the UK and seems to have improved his power punching with four of his last five victories coming by stoppage.…

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Martin Murray and Gabriel Rosado fight Saturday at the Echo Arena.

Martin Murray enters this fight with a 34-4-1 record that includes 16 knockouts. Murray has won five of his last seven fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Nuhu Lawal. Murray could use a big victory here after being hit or miss recently which kind of started when he was knocked out by Gennady Golovkin. The good news for Murray is that he’s had a ton of success in the UK and seems to have improved his power punching with four of his last five victories coming by stoppage. The one knock on Murray over the years was a lack of power, but he may have put those critics to bed finally. Murray brings his heart into the ring and is one of those fighters you have to actually beat, as he’s one of the tougher competitors you’re going to find in the sport. Murray has fought much of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Gabriel Rosado enters this fight with a 23-10 record that includes 13 knockouts. Rosado has lost five of his last seven fights, and he’s coming off a September loss to Willie Monroe Jr. Rosado enters this fight in brutal form and hopes to turn things around in possibly the toughest fight of his career. Rosado has won just two fights over the last five years and has struggled big time against boxers who are either equally or more talented than him. When in good form, Rosado is a solid middleweight at 5’11” with a 72 inch reach and has won five of his last eight fights by knockout. However, we haven’t seen an impressive Rosado probably since his 2012 win over Charles Whittaker. This will be Rosado’s first fight outside of the United States.

We’re going to make this short; you can’t possibly pick Rosado with any confidence. He hasn’t looked good in years and is now heading across the pond to fight a solid fighter in Murray in his backyard. Murray doesn’t lose often in the UK and is the type of tough boxer who will give Rosado a hard time.

Murray should have little trouble winning this fight given Rosado’s current form.

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:53:54 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81515
<![CDATA[Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/29/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/04/29/anthony-joshua-vs-wladimir-klitschko-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko fight Saturday at Wembley Stadium for the WBA Super World heavyweight title.

Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 18-0 record that includes 18 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Eric Molina. Joshua will defend a belt for the sixth time in his career and hopes to keep proving he’s the top heavyweight in the world, as this is probably the biggest fight of his career at 27 years old. Joshua is simply a machine at 6’6” with an 82 inch reach and has…

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Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko fight Saturday at Wembley Stadium for the WBA Super World heavyweight title.

Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 18-0 record that includes 18 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Eric Molina. Joshua will defend a belt for the sixth time in his career and hopes to keep proving he’s the top heavyweight in the world, as this is probably the biggest fight of his career at 27 years old. Joshua is simply a machine at 6’6” with an 82 inch reach and has yet to see a fight go past the seventh round. Joshua has obvious power in both hands, but he has also shown the ability to box and be patient before going for the haymaker. Right now, Joshua hasn’t shown a clear weakness and opponent can go after to slow down his run. Joshua has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Wladimir Klitschko enters this fight with a 64-4 record that includes 53 knockouts. Klitschko has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a 2015 loss to Tyson Fury. Klitschko has been out of the ring since November of 2015 and will enter this bout as a 40-year-old. Despite his age, Klitschko is a seasoned fighter who is one of the better technical boxers in recent memory and has one of the best jabs we’ve seen in this division. Klitschko also has a strong right hand that’s helped stopped 10 of his last 14 victories. Klitschko is responsible for giving many boxers their first knockout, including most recently, Kubrat Pulev. Klitschko also enters this fight with 358 rounds under his belt while Joshua has boxed just 44 rounds. This will be Klitschko’s second time fighting in the United Kingdom.

This is another must-watch match for boxing fans around the world, as two of the bigger names in the heavyweight division going at it. It’s also like a passing of the baton with Klitschko on his last leg given his age and the amount of time he's been out of the ring. With all that said, this line is too low and showing a little too much respect to Klitschko. You don’t sit out of the ring for two years and expect to box one of the top boxers in the world. Not to mention Klitschko has shown a questionable chin at times in his career and three of his last five fights have ended in decision. Klitschko is an aged fighter who isn’t nearly the same boxer he was in his prime or even a few years ago. Joshua is as good as advertised and has Klitschko beat in power, speed and movement at this stage.

Fun fight that will draw ratings, but Joshua will remain unbeaten when said and done.

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:09:20 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81509
<![CDATA[Ricky Burns vs. Julius Indongo Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/15/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/04/15/ricky-burns-vs-julius-indongo-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Ricky Burns and Julius Indongo fight Saturday at The SSE Hydro for the IBF World super lightweight title.

Ricky Burns enters this fight with a 41-5-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Burns has won his last four fights, and he’s coming off an October win over Kiryl Relikh. Burns has been defending a belt nearly every fight since 2008 and is finally seeing consistent results after a few losses to a pair of Americans. Burns is known for his high boxing IQ and his toughness, as he’s never been knocked out in five losses and most of his losses have…

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Ricky Burns and Julius Indongo fight Saturday at The SSE Hydro for the IBF World super lightweight title.

Ricky Burns enters this fight with a 41-5-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Burns has won his last four fights, and he’s coming off an October win over Kiryl Relikh. Burns has been defending a belt nearly every fight since 2008 and is finally seeing consistent results after a few losses to a pair of Americans. Burns is known for his high boxing IQ and his toughness, as he’s never been knocked out in five losses and most of his losses have been close. While not having a ton of punching power, Burns has won five of his last seven fights by stoppage. A win here would further cement Burns’ legacy as one of the top active boxers in the UK in any division. Burns has fought most of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Julius Indongo enters this fight with a 21-0 record that includes 11 knockouts. This will be Indongo’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Eduard Troyanovsky. Indongo is a 34-year-old boxer from Namibia and will be fighting outside his home country for the second time. Indongo is a very rangy fighter at 5’10” with a 72 inch reach and does a fine job of using his jab and keeping his opponent uncomfortable. Indongo isn't exactly known for his power, but he showed in his last fight that he has pop behind his punches, and his last three bouts have ended in knockout. The concern with Indongo is that his resume was seriously lacking, but he kind of put those critics to rest in December with his win over one of the top Russian fighters. This will be Indongo’s first fight in the United Kingdom.

Indongo is a live underdog here due to his length, as it’s hard to be aggressive against him without getting countered and opening up the window to tasting the canvas. The only real knocks on Indongo at this point is his lack of competition and the fact he’s still wet behind the ears in big prize fights. This is also a quick turnaround for Indongo after he shocked the boxing world in the first round. It’s not easy to beat a quality fighter in his backyard, and Indongo is trying to do it twice within five months. When it’s all said and done, I like Burns because of the experience and his heart. Experience matters in big fights and Burns has Indongo beat by a mile. He also can take a punch and will make Indongo work hard if he’s going to win this bout.

I give the edge to Burns to win this fight.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:16:45 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81446
<![CDATA[Edner Cherry vs. Omar Douglas Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/4/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/04/04/edner-cherry-vs-omar-douglas-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Edner Cherry and Omar Douglas fight Tuesday at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center.

Edner Cherry enters this fight with a 35-7-2 record that includes 19 knockouts. Cherry has won seven of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a June win over Haskell Rhodes. Cherry continues to impress despite getting up there in age at nearly 35 years old, and his only recent loss was a controversial split decision against Jose Pedraza. Cherry is an aggressive boxer at 5’8” with a 69 inch reach and likes to mix it up in the middle of the ring. Cherry likes to…

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Edner Cherry and Omar Douglas fight Tuesday at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center.

Edner Cherry enters this fight with a 35-7-2 record that includes 19 knockouts. Cherry has won seven of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a June win over Haskell Rhodes. Cherry continues to impress despite getting up there in age at nearly 35 years old, and his only recent loss was a controversial split decision against Jose Pedraza. Cherry is an aggressive boxer at 5’8” with a 69 inch reach and likes to mix it up in the middle of the ring. Cherry likes to throw a high volume of punches and doesn’t mind trading in order to win rounds or produce a knockout. Cherry has won nine of his last 13 fights by stoppage and has never been knocked out himself in seven career losses. This will be Cherry’s fourth fight in Pennsylvania.

Omar Douglas enters this fight with a 17-1 record that includes 12 knockouts. Douglas has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a November loss to Javier Fortuna. Douglas is a young boxer who has been on the rise over the years, but it’s going to be interesting to see how he bounces back from his first career loss. Douglas throws in a lot of combinations and enjoys working the body, which eventually breaks down his opponent. Douglas is a great body puncher, and we saw it when he was the first and only person to knockout Alexei Collado. Douglas has impressive power along with a 72 inch reach and has won nine of his last 12 bouts by stoppage. This will be Douglas’ seventh fight in Pennsylvania.

This is a nice fight between two respectable boxers in the lightweight division and we’re sure to see a lot of punches thrown from both guys. The reason I’m going with Cherry for the victory is because he’s the quicker boxer with better movement. The reason Douglas lost in his fight against Fortuna is because he has slow footwork and head movement. Athletic boxers with great quickness can give Douglas problems, and Cherry falls into that category. I like Douglas and what he brings to the ring, but this feels like another bad matchup for the American.

Give me Cherry in the victory.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:44:37 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81389
<![CDATA[Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/8/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/04/08/vasyl-lomachenko-vs-jason-sosa-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Vasyl Lomachenko and Jason Sosa fight Saturday at the MGM National Harbor for the WBO World super featherweight title.

Vasyl Lomachenko enters this fight with a 7-1 record that includes five knockouts. Lomachenko has won his last six fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Nicholas Walters. Lomachenko has been just as impressive in his pro career as he was an an ametur and an olympian, and he’s clearly not scared to fight with the best available. Lomachenko is simply the total package at 29 years old, as he has a high boxing IQ, terrific…

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Vasyl Lomachenko and Jason Sosa fight Saturday at the MGM National Harbor for the WBO World super featherweight title.

Vasyl Lomachenko enters this fight with a 7-1 record that includes five knockouts. Lomachenko has won his last six fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Nicholas Walters. Lomachenko has been just as impressive in his pro career as he was an an ametur and an olympian, and he’s clearly not scared to fight with the best available. Lomachenko is simply the total package at 29 years old, as he has a high boxing IQ, terrific defense and an offense that relies on quickness and power. There's really not much Lomachenko can’t do in the boxing ring and an argument can be made he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. However, each fight seems to be getting bigger and bigger as Lomachenko climbs the ladder in the boxing world. This will be Lomachenko’s first fight in Maryland.

Jason Sosa enters this fight with a 20-1-4 record that includes 15 knockouts. Sosa has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Stephen Smith. Sosa has earned a fight this big given his run over the years that includes a knockout over Javier Fortuna when he was a +800 underdog. Sosa has some of the best power in the super featherweight division and 14 of his last 15 victories have ended in knockout. Sosa is also extremely tough and doesn’t mind trading shots, and despite his knockout loss to Tre'Sean Wiggins in 2010, he’s proven he can take a punch and keep going. This is another chance for Sosa to prove he’s worthy of being in the elite conversation. This will be Sosa’s first fight in Maryland.

Given what Sosa did to Fortuna as a massive underdog, it’s hard to turn down these odds if you’re betting the fight. In fact, if I was going to place money on this fight, I’d back Sosa simply based on the value. The guy is proven, tough and way too talented to be this big of an underdog. But if I’m picking the fight and just giving out my prediction, I’d go with Lomachenko due to the pure boxing skills. Sosa is more of an aggressive pitbull who swings for the fences and eventually breaks down his opponent. Lomachenko is the better boxer who has quality offense and defense, and he won’t fall for Sosa’s traps in training power punches. Lomachenko has the edge in pretty much every turn in this fight and is simply a rare breed who can beat you in a variety of ways.

The value is with Sosa if you want to place money on this fight, but Lomachenko should win.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:44:57 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81242
<![CDATA[Terry Flanagan vs. Petr Petrov Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/8/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/04/08/terry-flanagan-vs-petr-petrov-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Terry Flanagan and Petr Petrov fight Saturday at the Manchester Arena for the WBO World lightweight title.

Terry Flanagan enters this fight with a 32-0 record that includes 13 knockouts. This will be Flanagan’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a November win over Orlando Cruz. Flanagan will be defending a belt for the fifth straight fight while proving he’s one of the top lightweight boxers in the world. You know what you’re getting when you fight Flanagan, as he’s a rapid punches with quick hands and doesn’t get outworked often in the…

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Terry Flanagan and Petr Petrov fight Saturday at the Manchester Arena for the WBO World lightweight title.

Terry Flanagan enters this fight with a 32-0 record that includes 13 knockouts. This will be Flanagan’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a November win over Orlando Cruz. Flanagan will be defending a belt for the fifth straight fight while proving he’s one of the top lightweight boxers in the world. You know what you’re getting when you fight Flanagan, as he’s a rapid punches with quick hands and doesn’t get outworked often in the ring. Flanagan is looking to overwhelm his opponent with combinations, and he’s won seven of his last nine fights by stoppage. Few are going to match Flanagan’s ability to punch, which is why he’s where he’s at in his career. Flanagan has fought all of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Petr Petrov enters this fight with a 38-4-2 record that includes 19 knockouts. Petrov has won his last six fights, and he’s coming off a September win over Michael Perez. Petrov has been on a roll since his 2013 loss to Dejan Zlaticanin, but this will easily be his toughest fight of his career at 33 years old. Petrov doesn’t have a ton of notable names on his resume, so this is his chance to show and prove his record matches his boxing skills. Petrov stands in at 5’6” and has a 70 inch reach that allows him to use the jab well and counter his opponents. Petrov also has underrated punching power with six of his last nine victories coming in some sort of stoppage. This will be Petrov’s first fight in the United Kingdom.

These odds are a little steep considering Petrov is an experienced boxer, a champion and has above average skills than your usual boxers who are such heavy underdogs. However, Petrov has also lost most of his fights against notable names including Zlaticanin, Marcos Maidana and Vitali Tajbert. You guys know I’m all about show and prove and until you show me, I have a hard time putting my money on you. Not to mention Flanagan is one of the hottest boxers in the sport right now and has a skillset that’s tough to stop. Once Turbo gets rolling, it’s pretty much over for his opponent.

I like Flanagan to keep his belt and remain unbeaten.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:09:28 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81239
<![CDATA[Liam Williams vs. Liam Smith Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/8/17]]> http://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/04/08/liam-williams-vs-liam-smith-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Liam Williams and Liam Smith fight Saturday at the Manchester Arena.

Liam Williams enters this fight with a 16-0-1 record that includes 11 knockouts. Williams has won his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Gabor Gorbics. Williams will defend his WBO European title for the first time and is out to prove he’s the best super welterweight in the UK with a victory here. Williams is already one of the better boxers in the world for his age at 24 years old, and he has great length while standing in at 5’10”. Williams is an accurate…

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Liam Williams and Liam Smith fight Saturday at the Manchester Arena.

Liam Williams enters this fight with a 16-0-1 record that includes 11 knockouts. Williams has won his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Gabor Gorbics. Williams will defend his WBO European title for the first time and is out to prove he’s the best super welterweight in the UK with a victory here. Williams is already one of the better boxers in the world for his age at 24 years old, and he has great length while standing in at 5’10”. Williams is an accurate puncher who packs a strong right uppercut and has won his last eight fights by stoppage. Williams only fight that didn’t result in a victory was a 2013 draw against Tyan Booth. Williams has fought most of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Liam Smith enters this fight with a 24-1-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Smith has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a March win over Marian Cazacu. Smith bounced back nicely from his loss to Canelo Alvarez and will now fight for the second time in back-to-back months, which can be risky. Smith is a very polished offensive fighter who mixes in combinations well and does a good job of working the head and body. Smith also has some pop behind his punches with eight of his last nine victories coming by knockout. The obvious concern with Smith is such the quick turnaround from his last fight. Smith has fought most of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

This is an underrated fight with not only a belt on the line but bragging rights as the the top boxer in the UK in their respective division. Get your popcorn ready. In terms of picking a winner, I give the edge to Williams, as he’s the more natural puncher who has a better jab and more power behind his shots. Smith is more of a pressure fighter, but the lack of overall quality opponents he’s bet is concerning to me. Williams is simply the better boxer and the fact we're getting even money makes this bet even sweeter.

I like Williams to remain undefeated.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:35:17 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81236