<![CDATA[Boxing RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Claressa Shields vs. Tori Nelson Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/12/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/01/12/claressa-shields-vs-tori-nelson-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Claressa Shields and Tori Nelson fight Friday at the Turning Stone Resort Casino for the WBC World female super middleweight title.

Claressa Shields enters this fight with a 4-0 record that includes two knockouts. This will be Shields’ fifth fight since 2016, and she’s coming off a August win over Nikki Adler. Shields turned pro in November of 2016, and she’s the only American to win back-to-back gold medals in the olympics and produced a 78-1 record in her amateur career overall. Shields is a 22-year-old American who stands at 5’8”, has a 68 inch reach and an orthodox…

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Claressa Shields and Tori Nelson fight Friday at the Turning Stone Resort Casino for the WBC World female super middleweight title.

Claressa Shields enters this fight with a 4-0 record that includes two knockouts. This will be Shields’ fifth fight since 2016, and she’s coming off a August win over Nikki Adler. Shields turned pro in November of 2016, and she’s the only American to win back-to-back gold medals in the olympics and produced a 78-1 record in her amateur career overall. Shields is a 22-year-old American who stands at 5’8”, has a 68 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Shields will be defending her WBC and vacant IBF female super middleweight titles for the first time. As for her skill set, Shields is an athletic boxer with great movement and the ability to counter quickly with combinations. Shields is an aggressive boxer who has a high work rate and is tough to stop once she finds a rhythm and gets comfortable against her opponent. Shields is overall a tough boxer from Flint, and she has no problem bringing the fight to her opponent. This will be Shields’ first fight in New York. 

Tori Nelson enters this fight with a 17-0-3 record that includes two knockouts. This will be Nelson’s third fight since 2016, and she’s coming off a November win over Latashia Burton. Nelson made her pro debut in May of 2010 and is looking for the biggest victory of her career. Nelson is a 41-year-old from Virginia who stands at 5’6” and has an orthodox stance. From limited film available, Nelson appears to have a brawler feel to her, as she can be a bit wild at times, but she works her jab well and usually is the one dictating the pace. Nelson can land some shots harder than her knockout percentage would suggest, and she’s a tough fighter who hasn’t been dropped in her career and is more than willing to engage in a back-and-forth style. However, Nelson must be more accurate with her punches if she hopes to pull off the upset. This will be Nelson’s first fight in New York. 

This should be a rather routine title defense for Shields, as she’s the far more athletic boxer, packs more punching power and is 19 years younger than Nelson. You could say the one advantage Nelson has over Shields is the experience, but that’s only on the pro side. Shields has faced quality competition in the olympics and just gave one of the top German fighters her first loss in effortless fashion. Nelson has also boxed just twice since June of 2015 and hasn’t exactly seen great competition the last few years. Waking up one day and deciding to step into the ring against a rising star, especially at this age, isn’t the best idea. 

Shields remains undefeated and keeps her belt. 

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:56:24 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=101012
<![CDATA[Errol Spence vs. Lamont Peterson Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/20/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/01/20/errol-spence-vs-lamont-peterson-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Errol Spence and Lamont Peterson fight Saturday at the Barclays Center for the IBF welterweight title.

Errol Spence enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Spence’s fourth fight since 2016 and is coming off a May win over Kell Brook. Spence proved in his last bout that the hype is real and he’s deserving of being considered one of the top boxers in the world at just 28 years old and will be defending his belt for the first time. Spence stands in at 5’9” with a 72 inch reach and fights out of the southpaw stance, and he has power…

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Errol Spence and Lamont Peterson fight Saturday at the Barclays Center for the IBF welterweight title.

Errol Spence enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Spence’s fourth fight since 2016 and is coming off a May win over Kell Brook. Spence proved in his last bout that the hype is real and he’s deserving of being considered one of the top boxers in the world at just 28 years old and will be defending his belt for the first time. Spence stands in at 5’9” with a 72 inch reach and fights out of the southpaw stance, and he has power in both hands that have produced stoppages in each of his last nine fights. Spence has a high boxing IQ and isn’t a wild free swinger you sometimes see with elite power punches, and he’s very polished on the defensive end as well. Of course, Spence’s trademark is his ability to work the body, as he’s relentless with his shots and it simply wears down his opponent round by round. This will be Spence’s fourth time fighting in New York, his birthplace. 

Lamont Peterson enters this fight with a 35-3-1 record that includes 17 knockouts. Peterson has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a February win over David Avanesyan. Peterson hasn’t lost since his 2015 bout with Danny Garcia and looks to win possibly the biggest fight of his career given the momentum Spence has created last year. Peterson is a soon to be 34-year-old who stands at 5’9”, has a 72 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Peterson is a great athlete who likes to box on the inside and doesn’t mind trading counters due to his hand speed. He’s going to get his licks in, and five of his last nine victories have ended in stoppage. Peterson can put together great combinations once he gets in his groove and he has excellent footwork. And while Peterson is up there in age, he does have the considerable experience advantage with 276 rounds under his belt with wins over Amir Khan and Kendall Holt. This will be Peterson’s third fight in New York.

Peterson is no pushover, as he’s a great athlete, moves well in the ring and can land some powerful punches. He’s also only been knocked out once despite three losses, so there’s some toughness there as well. However, Spence to me right now is the best boxer in the welterweight division and deserves to have his name in the best pound for pound conversation. The kid is a pitbull in the ring who works the body relentlessly and has an elite offensive skill set overall that not many boxers can deal with. An aging Peterson won’t be able to match Spence for 12 rounds, even though he will get some shots in to be fair. Spence is as good as advertised and will only improve with more rounds under his belt. 

A solid fight to start the 2018 boxing season, but Spence remains undefeated.

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:40:14 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100901
<![CDATA[Jeff Horn vs. Gary Corcoran Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/13/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/12/13/jeff-horn-vs-gary-corcoran-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Jeff Horn and Gary Corcoran fight Wednesday at the Convention & Exhibition Centre for the WBO World Welterweight Title.

Jeff Horn enters this fight with a 17-0-1 record that includes 11 knockouts. This will be Horn’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a July win over Manny Pacquiao. Horn is a 29-year-old who is easily the best pound-for-pound boxer in Australia and will be defending his belt for the first time. Horn stands at 5’9”, has a 68 inch reach and lands accurate punches that has stopped three of his last four opponents. Horn dodges punches well despite…

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Jeff Horn and Gary Corcoran fight Wednesday at the Convention & Exhibition Centre for the WBO World Welterweight Title.

Jeff Horn enters this fight with a 17-0-1 record that includes 11 knockouts. This will be Horn’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a July win over Manny Pacquiao. Horn is a 29-year-old who is easily the best pound-for-pound boxer in Australia and will be defending his belt for the first time. Horn stands at 5’9”, has a 68 inch reach and lands accurate punches that has stopped three of his last four opponents. Horn dodges punches well despite limited athleticism and slips in quick, powerful punches that make him effective on counters. Horn has also proven he’s an extremely tough fighter, as he was outboxed by Pacquiao and should heave been rewarded the loss, but politics clearly got in the way with the fight being on his home soil. Either way, Horn can take a beating and still stay in there, something he should be given credit for. Horn has fought his whole career in Australia, his birthplace.                    

Gary Corcoran enters this fight with a 17-1 record that includes seven knockouts. Corcoran has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a July win over Larry Ekundayo. Corcoran will box for the third time this year and looks for the biggest win of his career at 27 years old. Corcoran hasn’t lost since his 2016 knockout to Liam Williams, and is fresh off a tight fight in which he beat possibly the best active Nigerien boxer. Corcoran has a swarming style where he likes to put pressure on his opponent and moves forward at all times. Corcoran also has a strong right hand and has won three of his last eight fights by knockout. So, while the punching power isn’t great, Corcoran can’t be slept on by his opponent. However, we’re going to learn a lot more from Corcoran, as he leaves the comfort of his home for the first time. This will be Corcoran’s first fight outside of the United Kingdom. 

I mentioned in the Pacquiao-Horn preview that there was a small chance of an upset and it was a dangerous fight for the legend. While Horn should have been rewarded the loss, he did prove he’s a decent boxer who can take a beating and does a good job of being aggressive and staying in the fight. He’s not going to go down easily and does have some power shots to make his opponent think twice about coming forward. Corcoran hasn’t beaten anybody close to Horn’s level, and even if he does stay in this fight, Australia has shown its going to make sure the hometown kid leaves with the belt. So, even making a case for Corcoran in this bout makes no sense.

Horn remains unbeaten.

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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:36:03 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100835
<![CDATA[Tony Bellew vs. David Haye Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/17/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/12/17/tony-bellew-vs-david-haye-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Tony Bellew and David Haye fight Sunday at the O2 Arena.

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

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

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

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

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

Look for Haye to get his revenge.

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

Billy Joe Saunders enters this fight with a 25-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Saunders’ third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a September win over Willie Monroe Jr. Saunders is coming off one of his best victories in which he outclassed a top-five American middleweight. Saunders is a 28-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’11” and continues to make a case as the best middleweight in the world. Saunders is a lengthy fighter with great movement,…

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

Billy Joe Saunders enters this fight with a 25-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Saunders’ third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a September win over Willie Monroe Jr. Saunders is coming off one of his best victories in which he outclassed a top-five American middleweight. Saunders is a 28-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’11” and continues to make a case as the best middleweight in the world. Saunders is a lengthy fighter with great movement, solid defense and an aggressive offensive attack that overwhelms opponents. While Saunders isn’t known for his pure punching power, he does swing for the fences and has these rapid combinations that he lands from a distance and can be tough to overcome. Four of Saunders’ last five victories have come by decision, with his only knockout in that span coming against Yoann Bloyer. This will be Saunders’ first fight outside of the United Kingdom. 

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

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

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

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

Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 19-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Wladimir Klitschko. Joshua will fight for the second time this year and is defending his belt for a fourth time. Joshua is a 28-year-old who stands at 6’6”, 82 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Widely considered the best heavyweight in the world, Joshua is the total package in terms of power, footwork,…

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Anthony Joshua and Carlos Takam fight Saturday at Principality Stadium for the IBF World Heavyweight Title.

Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 19-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Wladimir Klitschko. Joshua will fight for the second time this year and is defending his belt for a fourth time. Joshua is a 28-year-old who stands at 6’6”, 82 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Widely considered the best heavyweight in the world, Joshua is the total package in terms of power, footwork, IQ and hand speed. There’s very few weaknesses in Joshua’s game, although he was knocked down in his last bout and showed some chinks in the armor for the first time in his career. Joshua has ended 18 of his 19 fights in the seventh round or earlier and showed he has the endurance to still be effective in the later rounds if needed. It’s going to take a special performance from a special boxer to outclass Joshua when he’s on his game. Joshua has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace. 

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

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

Joshua wins by knockout.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cotto goes out on top.

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Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:30:41 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=97082
<![CDATA[Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/9/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/12/09/vasyl-lomachenko-vs-guillermo-rigondeaux-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux fight Saturday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden for the WBO junior lightweight title.

Vasyl Lomachenko enters this fight with a 9-1 record that includes seven knockouts. Lomachenko has won his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a August win over Miguel Marriaga. Lomachenko will fight for the third time this year and will be defending this belt for a fourth straight fight. Lomachenko is a 29-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’6” and has a 65 inch reach. Lomachenko hasn’t missed a beat since turning pro in 2013, and…

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Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux fight Saturday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden for the WBO junior lightweight title.

Vasyl Lomachenko enters this fight with a 9-1 record that includes seven knockouts. Lomachenko has won his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a August win over Miguel Marriaga. Lomachenko will fight for the third time this year and will be defending this belt for a fourth straight fight. Lomachenko is a 29-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’6” and has a 65 inch reach. Lomachenko hasn’t missed a beat since turning pro in 2013, and his only loss was a 2014 controversial split decision to Orlando Salido. Lomachenko is the total package, as he has the high boxing IQ, great footwork and is one of the best in the business at boxing from a distance, allowing him to dictate the pace of the fight. Lomachenko is also a highly effective counter puncher due to his head movement and ability to slip punches. Lomachenko makes a strong case as the best pound for pound fighter in the sport if he can get this victory. This will be Lomachenko’s second fight in New York.

Guillermo Rigondeaux enters this fight with a 17-0 record that includes 11 knockouts. This will be Rigondeaux’s third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a June no contest against Moises Flores. Rigondeaux has boxed just one round since July of last year and has a shot at probably the biggest win of his career. Rigondeaux is a Cuban southpaw who stands at 5’4” and has a 68 inch reach. Rigondeaux is widely considered one of the top defensive boxers in the sport, as he does a good job of getting in and out and rolls his shoulder well. Rigondeaux is also a really accurate and powerful puncher who has stopped six of his last 10 victories. Rigondeaux has a really strong left hand and has hurt a lot of his opponents with a powerful blow to the body. When he wants to push the pace offensively and make his opponent uncomfortable, Rigondeaux is capable of being a balanced fighter who can end things on his terms. This will be Rigondeaux’s third fight in New York.

This is just another great fight in what has been a hell of a year for the sport of boxing. These are two of the more decorated amateurs in the sport who both have olympic gold medals, and there will be even more doors opened up for whoever wins. As for picking a winner, there are a couple of things working against Rigondeaux. One, he’s moving up from 122 pounds to 130 pounds, a massive jump that can’t be ignored. Also, while he’s a terrific defensive fighter, Rigondeaux can be dropped when he is tagged, as Hisashi Amagasa, Nonito Donaire and Ricardo Cordoba have all knocked him down. That’s not good when fighting a guy as smart and skilled as Lomachenko, who also has power punching power than most of his previous opponents. 

I have to side with Lomachenko to win this fight.

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Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:04:52 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94635
<![CDATA[Jezreel Corrales vs. Alberto Machado Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/21/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/10/21/jezreel-corrales-vs-alberto-machado-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Jezreel Corrales and Alberto Machado fight Saturday at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino for the WBA Super World Super Featherweight Title.

Jezreel Corrales enters this fight with a 22-1 record that includes eight knockouts. Corrales has won his last nine fights, and he’s coming off a July win over Robinson Castellanos. Corrales hasn’t lost since his 2009 bout with Jhonatan Arenas and is fighting for the fourth time since 2016. Corrales is a 26-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’6” and has a 67 inch reach. Corrales is a rangy boxer who has a unique stance and is able…

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Jezreel Corrales and Alberto Machado fight Saturday at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino for the WBA Super World Super Featherweight Title.

Jezreel Corrales enters this fight with a 22-1 record that includes eight knockouts. Corrales has won his last nine fights, and he’s coming off a July win over Robinson Castellanos. Corrales hasn’t lost since his 2009 bout with Jhonatan Arenas and is fighting for the fourth time since 2016. Corrales is a 26-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’6” and has a 67 inch reach. Corrales is a rangy boxer who has a unique stance and is able to duck and dodge as he’s throwing punches. It’s really hard to get comfortable against a boxer like Corrales, and he has extremely quick hands that he’ll put to good use once his opponent rushes in. Corrales is very solid defensively with his constant movement and is a countering machine, especially to slower fighters. Corrales isn’t known for his punching power, but seven of his last eight fights have ended in some sort of stoppage. This will be Corrales’ second fight in the United States.  

Alberto Machado enters this fight with a 18-0 record that includes 15 knockouts. This will be Machado’s third fight this year, and he’s coming off a August win over Carlos Morales. Machado is fighting for the seventh time since 2016, and this would be the biggest win of his career yet. Machado is a 27-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’10” and has a 72 inch reach. Machado is a big super featherweight who packs some serious one-punch knockout potential, as he showed against Orlando Rizo. Machado has won 12 of his last 13 fights by knockout and has very quick hands that make him dangerous on counters. You don’t see the combination of size and power in this division often that Machado has, and it’s why he’s been climbing the charts rather quickly the past couple of years. Once Machado gets his timing down and gets comfortable on the offensive end, it’s pretty much all over for his opponent. This will be Machado’s fifth fight in the United States.

HBO finally gives us a wonderful fight after Showtime has been stealing all the headlines all year long. We have the awkwardness and the speed of Corrales while Machado brings the power and physicality. Machado has a huge size advantage here and could wear down Corrales in the clinch and maybe steal a power shot when it’s least expected. There’s reasons to consider Machado in this fight. However, Corrales is the more polished and battle tested fighter between the two and his head movement along with his distance is going to make it tough for Machado to square up those haymakers. Corrales is too slippery and smart to play into Machado’s hands.

Great fight, but I’m siding with Corrales to provide Machado’s first loss.

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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 02:45:29 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94512
<![CDATA[Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/28/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/10/28/anthony-joshua-vs-kubrat-pulev-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev fight Saturday at Principality Stadium for IBF World Heavyweight Title.

Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 19-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Wladimir Klitschko. Joshua will fight for the second time this year and is defending his belt for a fourth time. Joshua is a 28-year-old who stands at 6’6”, 82 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Widely considered the best heavyweight in the world, Joshua is the total package in terms of power, footwork,…

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Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev fight Saturday at Principality Stadium for IBF World Heavyweight Title.

Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 19-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Wladimir Klitschko. Joshua will fight for the second time this year and is defending his belt for a fourth time. Joshua is a 28-year-old who stands at 6’6”, 82 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Widely considered the best heavyweight in the world, Joshua is the total package in terms of power, footwork, IQ and hand speed. There’s very few weaknesses in Joshua’s game, although he was knocked down in his last bout and showed some chinks in the armor for the first time in his career. Joshua has ended 18 of his 19 fights in the seventh round or earlier and showed he has the endurance to still be effective in the later rounds if needed. It’s going to take a special performance from a special boxer to outclass Joshua when he’s on his game. Joshua has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace. 

Kubrat Pulev enters this fight with a 25-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Pulev has won his last five fights, and he’s coming off a April win over Kevin Johnson. Pulev hasn’t lost since his 2014 bout with Wladimir Klitschko and has a shot at easily the biggest win of his career. Pulev is a 36-year-old who stands at 6’4” and has an orthodox stance. Pulev is a smart boxer who uses his range well and doesn’t allow his opponents to get comfortable. A physical and large boxer, Pulev doesn’t allow boxers to lean on him and box from the inside, so he forces his opponent to fight his style fight. Pulev does a good job of finding openings in his opponents defense and lands with great accuracy. Pulev isn’t known for his punching power, but he has produced stoppages in six of his last 10 victories. This will be Pulev’s first fight in the United Kingdom.   

This is a cool fight in terms of big names and ticket sales, but I have a hard time imagining anybody thinks Pulev can win this fight. Pulev doesn’t have the power to match Joshua, and he’s 36 years old who has spent the past couple of years fighting guys who are washed up. While victories are victories, beating Johnson and Samuel Peter at this stage of their careers isn’t convincing me he has enough in the tank to beat one of the top pound for pound and the best heavyweight in the world. Joshua is the bigger and more powerful fighter, and he proved he can overcome adversity while having enough stamina to finish things in the later rounds. This is likely going to be another stoppage for the hometown fighter.

Joshua remains undefeated.

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Wed, 13 Sep 2017 03:47:35 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=94386