<![CDATA[Boxing RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/7/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/10/07/leo-santa-cruz-vs-abner-mares-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares fight Saturday at the Staples Center for the WBA Super World featherweight title.

Leo Santa Cruz enters this fight with a 33-1-1 record that includes 18 knockouts. Santa Cruz has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a January win over Carl Frampton. Santa Cruz got revenge on Frampton in another tight bout and will defend this belt for a third time. Santa Cruz is 29 years old, stands at 5’7”, has a 69 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Santa Cruz has some of the quicker hands in the sport and is one of the busiest workers…

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Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares fight Saturday at the Staples Center for the WBA Super World featherweight title.

Leo Santa Cruz enters this fight with a 33-1-1 record that includes 18 knockouts. Santa Cruz has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a January win over Carl Frampton. Santa Cruz got revenge on Frampton in another tight bout and will defend this belt for a third time. Santa Cruz is 29 years old, stands at 5’7”, has a 69 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Santa Cruz has some of the quicker hands in the sport and is one of the busiest workers in boxing, as he throws a ton of punches and has thrown a combined 1,886 punches in his last two fights. Santa Cruz simply won’t be outworked in the ring and is always going to be the aggressor, making it tough for him to lose a fight if it goes to the judges. While known for his aggressive offense, Santa Cruz is also underrated defensively and rarely take a big shot from his opponent. This will be Santa Cruz’s 15th fight in California, his residence.  

Abner Mares enters this fight with a 30-2-1 record that includes 15 knockouts. Mares has won six of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a December win over Jesus Andres Cuellar. This will be Mares’ fourth fight since 2015, and he’s defending his WBA (Regular) featherweight title for the first time. Mares is 31 years old, stands at 5’4”, has a 66 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Mares is another boxer who likes to stay busy, as he pressures his opponent with rapid combinations and is constantly trying to work the body. Some would say Mares has dirty tactics, as there’s been numerous headbutts in his fights and he’s been penalized for low blows as well. That still hasn’t changed Mares’ boxing style, as he’s going to swing wherever there’s an opening, and while he doesn’t have a ton of knockout power, that aggressiveness allows him to win on cards more times than not. This will be Mares’ 11th fight in California, his residence.  

The first fight between these two was possibly the best fight of 2015, as there was constant action and a ton of wild swings as the fans went home satisfied. Both of these fighters are aggressive, throw a ton of combinations and it’s clearly a madhouse when they get in the ring together. Hopefully we saw the same here. However, in terms of picking a winner, Santa Cruz is the bigger and lengthier fighter, and that’s key when they did so much boxing on the inside in the last bout. Santa Cruz can lean on the smaller Mares and use his jab to his advantage, which he said won him the first match. These guys have similar styles and workmates, but it’s the size advantage that has me leaning Santa Cruz to win this fight as well.

Close one, but El Terremoto gets the nod.

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Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:32:09 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=91125
<![CDATA[Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/9/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/09/09/oleksandr-usyk-vs-marco-huck-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Oleksandr Usyk and Marco Huck fight Saturday for the WBO World cruiserweight title at the Max Schmeling Halle in the World Boxing Super Series.

Oleksandr Usyk enters this fight with a 12-0 record that includes 10 knockouts. This will be Usyk’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Michael Hunter. Usyk will fight for the second time this year and is defending his belt for the third time. Usyk is a 30-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…

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Oleksandr Usyk and Marco Huck fight Saturday for the WBO World cruiserweight title at the Max Schmeling Halle in the World Boxing Super Series.

Oleksandr Usyk enters this fight with a 12-0 record that includes 10 knockouts. This will be Usyk’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Michael Hunter. Usyk will fight for the second time this year and is defending his belt for the third time. Usyk is a 30-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 within the division. 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 despite two of his last there bouts ending in decision. Usyk has just 83 professional rounds under his belt. This will be Usyk’s second fight in Germany. 

Marco Huck enters this fight with a 40-4-1 record that includes 27 knockouts. Huck has won six of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a April loss to Mairis Briedis. Huck has lost two of his last four fights but has never lost back-to-back bouts in his career. Huck is a 32-year-old ho stands at 6’2”, has a 77 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Huck has good footwork and good defense that makes him tough to hit despite him being knocked out twice in his career. Huck doesn’t have the punching power you’d expect from a guy his size, but he has stopped four of his last eight opponents and can be frustrating due to his dirty tactics at times. Huck has been docked points throughout his career for headbutts, late punches, etc, and that can get in the head of his opponent if he’s not careful. Huck isn’t the most talented boxer in the world, but he simply finds a way to win. Huck has fought most of his career in Germany, his residence. 

This is going to be a tough fight for Huck despite him having the home field advantage, as he’s allowed many of his recent opponents to dictate the pace of the fight and has struggled with southpaws throughout his career. Usyk is the bigger fighter, has a clear advantage in punching power and has the movement that will make life even tougher for the slower Huck. Also, there’s a common opponent between these two in Krzysztof Glowacki. Usyk gave him a boxing lesson for 12 rounds while Huck was knocked out in 11 rounds. This is a cool fight as far as names are concerned, but it’s a bout Usyk should win rather easily.

Usyk remains undefeated.

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Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:35:09 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90858
<![CDATA[Gervonta Davis vs. Roman Martinez Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/26/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/08/26/gervonta-davis-vs-roman-martinez-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Gervonta Davis and Roman Martinez fight Saturday for the IBF World super featherweight title at the T-Mobile Arena. 

Gervonta Davis enters this fight with a 18-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Davis’ fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a May win over Liam Walsh. Davis is fighting for the third time this year, quickly climbing the rankings and will defend his belt for the second time. Davis is a 22-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’6” with a 69 inch reach. Davis is simply a pitbull in the ring with extremely heavy hands and a pressure style…

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Gervonta Davis and Roman Martinez fight Saturday for the IBF World super featherweight title at the T-Mobile Arena. 

Gervonta Davis enters this fight with a 18-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Davis’ fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a May win over Liam Walsh. Davis is fighting for the third time this year, quickly climbing the rankings and will defend his belt for the second time. Davis is a 22-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’6” with a 69 inch reach. Davis is simply a pitbull in the ring with extremely heavy hands and a pressure style that is devastating once he gets his timing down. Davis is also quite underrated for his defense, as he has solid footwork and terrific head movement that allows him to get in and out rather quickly. Davis is at his best when boxing on the inside and just needs to land one punch to end things. Davis has only seen the sixth round just four times in his career in 18 fights. This will be Davis’ third fight in Las Vegas.

Roman Martinez enters this fight with a 29-3-3 record that includes 17 knockouts. Martinez has split his last 10 fights, and he’s coming off a June loss to Vasyl Lomachenko. Martinez has had over a year to overcome that brutal knockout loss and looks for his first victory since his 2015 bout with Orlando Salido. Martinez is a 34-year-old Puerto Rican who stands at 5’8”, has a 67 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Despite being knocked out twice, Martinez is most known for his toughness, as he can take a punch and is the type of boxer who will keep coming forward looking to be aggressive. Martinez has a bit of a brawler feel to him, as he doesn’t mind exchanging haymakers, but of course, that doesn’t fly as much against top tier boxers. Martinez has to focus on defense in a fight like this if he’s going to stand a chance at earning the biggest victory of his career. This will be Martinez’s fourth fight in Las Vegas.

I’m sure Martinez is getting a nice check for this fight, but you have to question his decision making with the way that Lomachenko bout went down. Martinez is a very straight up fighter who has limited defensive skills and eats brutal punches because of it. A powerful boxer like Davis is going to tag Martinez often and it could get extremely ugly. Martinez is an easy target to hit and is the type of fighter who wants to exchange, and you just can’t do that when you’re moving up in competition. This is easy work for Tank and is going to be the second straight bout we’ve seen Martinez eat the canvas. 

Davis remains undefeated.

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Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:35:29 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90855
<![CDATA[Billy Joe Saunders vs. Willie Monroe Jr. Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/16/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/09/16/billy-joe-saunders-vs-willie-monroe-jr-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Billy Joe Saunders and Willie Monroe Jr. fight Saturday at the Copper Box Arena for the WBO World middleweight title.

Billy Joe Saunders enters this fight with a 24-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Saunders’ second fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Artur Akavov. Saunders has had plenty of time off after his bout with Avtandil Khurtsidze was canceled due to an arrest. 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…

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Billy Joe Saunders and Willie Monroe Jr. fight Saturday at the Copper Box Arena for the WBO World middleweight title.

Billy Joe Saunders enters this fight with a 24-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Saunders’ second fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Artur Akavov. Saunders has had plenty of time off after his bout with Avtandil Khurtsidze was canceled due to an arrest. 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. Saunders is known for breaking down his opponent, but he has the offensive attack to end things at any moment as well. Saunders has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace. 

Willie Monroe Jr. enters this fight with a 21-2 record that includes six knockouts. Monroe has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a September win over Gabriel Rosado. Monroe is a 30-year-old American who can throw his name in the hat as the best middleweight if he can get this victory here. Monroe is a 5’10” southpaw with a 74 inch reach and his only recent loss came to Gennady Golovkin in 2015. Monroe is mostly known for his defense and ability to counter, but he also works his jab very well and has quick hands that allow him to get in and out. Monroe has good lateral movement and has shown he can also take a punch, as he’s only been knocked down against GGG, which is obviously nothing to criticize. The knock on Monroe is his lack of punching power, and he hasn’t produced a stoppage since his 2013 bout with Toris Smith. This will be Monroe’s first fight outside of the United States.

We’re going to earn a lot about Monroe in this fight, as he’s fought talented guys before, but this is the first time he’s left the comfort zone of the United States. It’s different when you take the trip across the pound and it’s just you against everybody in the building. Monroe’s stance, quickness and athleticism could make it tough for Saunders to get comfortable, giving the American a chance here. However, Saunders is the more complete boxer overall and is more effective on the offensive end with better punching power. Saunders will likely be able to walk Monroe down due to the lack of punching power and wear him down with combinations to the body.

Monroe always has a shot with his athletic ability, but Saunders is the guy to beat here.

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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:43:26 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90135
<![CDATA[George Groves vs. Jamie Cox Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/14/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/10/14/george-groves-vs-jamie-cox-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments George Groves and Jamie Cox fight Saturday at The SSE Arena for the WBA Super World super middleweight title. 

George Groves enters this fight with a 26-3 record that includes 19 knockouts. Groves has won his last five fights, and he’s coming off a May win over Fedor Chudinov. Groves hasn’t lost since his 2015 bout with Badou Jack and will defend his belt for the first 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…

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George Groves and Jamie Cox fight Saturday at The SSE Arena for the WBA Super World super middleweight title. 

George Groves enters this fight with a 26-3 record that includes 19 knockouts. Groves has won his last five fights, and he’s coming off a May win over Fedor Chudinov. Groves hasn’t lost since his 2015 bout with Badou Jack and will defend his belt for the first 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. Groves has fought most of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace. 

Jamie Cox enters this fight with a 23-0 record that includes 13 knockouts. This will be Cox’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a July win over Ivan Jukic. Cox will face the biggest test of his career in this fight considering his best victories were against Obodai Sai and Martin Fidel Rios. Cox is a 31-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’11” and will box for the third time this year. Cox has been a pressure fighter throughout his career, always rushing his opponent and landing powerful, speedy combinations. Cox will downright bully his opponent if given the chance and is going to be the aggressor whenever he can be. Cox doesn’t waste much time breaking down his opponent and five of his last six victories have ended in stoppage. While he’s looked great, however, this will tell us a lot more about Cox’s boxing ability. Cox has fought most of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

With Cox’s style, he has a chance to win this fight. His rapid combinations and punching power is no joke and it takes just one round to turn this bout on its head. The problem is Cox has never boxed somebody as talented and seasoned as Groves, as this is a massive step up in competition and a quick turnaround considering he just boxed back in July. Cox is also carless defensively, as he tends to drop his hands, has little head movement and can be too focused on offense for long stretches. The more experienced Groves should be able to breakdown Cox in this bout.

Groves wins this fight.

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Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:42:53 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=90129
<![CDATA[Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs. Tureano Johnson Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/08/25/sergiy-derevyanchenko-vs-tureano-johnson-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Tureano Johnson fight Friday at the Buffalo Run Casino in the IBF middleweight eliminator on FS1.

Sergiy Derevyanchenko enters this fight with a 10-0 record that includes eight knockouts. This will be Derevyanchenko’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a March win over Kemahl Russell. Derevyanchenko has been on a mission to earn a title shot since turning pro three years ago, and he finally gets that chance with a victory here. Derevyanchenko is 31 years old, stands at 5’9”, has a 67 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Derevyanchenko…

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Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Tureano Johnson fight Friday at the Buffalo Run Casino in the IBF middleweight eliminator on FS1.

Sergiy Derevyanchenko enters this fight with a 10-0 record that includes eight knockouts. This will be Derevyanchenko’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a March win over Kemahl Russell. Derevyanchenko has been on a mission to earn a title shot since turning pro three years ago, and he finally gets that chance with a victory here. Derevyanchenko is 31 years old, stands at 5’9”, has a 67 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Derevyanchenko is a powerful boxer who relies on impressive hand speed and combinations, and his last four bouts have ended in knockouts. Derevyanchenko loves working the body and opening his opponent up, and it can get ugly pretty quickly once he’s going to work. Derevyanchenko also has good movement for such an aggressive boxer and hasn’t taken much punishment up to this point. This will be Derevyanchenko’s first fight in Oklahoma. 

Tureano Johnson enters this fight with a 20-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Johnson has won his last six fights, and he’s coming off a March win over Fabiano Pena. Johnson hasn’t lost a fight since his 2014 bout with Curtis Stevens and is easily the best pound for pound boxer from the Bahamas. Johnson is 33 years old, stands at 5’10”, has a 73 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Johnson is also an aggressive fighter who likes to pressure his opponent by coming forward and is very dangerous when boxing on the inside due to a viscous uppercut. Johnson has one-punch knockout power and has stopped eight of his last 11 opponents, and that doesn’t include knocking down Eamonn O'Kane twice in the first round. Johnson doesn’t waste much time being the aggressor and is out to hurt his opponent as much as possible. This will be Johnson’s first fight in Oklahoma. 

If you’re a fan of offense and power shots, this is the fight for you, as both guys get after it and are looking to put their opponent in the dirt. Johnson has a shot here due to having a six inch reach advantage, being able to bully his opponent on the inside and the fact he’s simply a tough guy who finds a way to win. However, Johnson’s defense isn’t up to par for the top tier fighters, and somebody as fundamentally sound as Derevyanchenko will break him down. Derevyanchenko is not only an offensive beast, but his footwork, defense, boxing IQ and movement is what separates himself from the other good fighters. Derevyanchenko also just faced a longer fighter in Russell and it didn't bother him one bit. 

Derevyanchenko is one of the best in the middleweight division and inches closer to a title shot.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:34:01 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89943
<![CDATA[Callum Smith vs. Erik Skoglund Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/16/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/09/16/callum-smith-vs-erik-skoglund-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Callum Smith and Erik Skoglund fight Saturday at the Echo Arena in the World Boxing Super Series quarterfinals.

Callum Smith enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Smith’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Luke Blackledge. Smith continues to prove he’s one of the top boxers from the UK and hopes to start this tournament off with a bang. Smith is 27 years old, stands at 6’3” and has an orthodox stance. Smith is a big boxer with a massive frame who has great punching power and likes to fight on the…

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Callum Smith and Erik Skoglund fight Saturday at the Echo Arena in the World Boxing Super Series quarterfinals.

Callum Smith enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Smith’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Luke Blackledge. Smith continues to prove he’s one of the top boxers from the UK and hopes to start this tournament off with a bang. Smith is 27 years old, stands at 6’3” and has an orthodox stance. Smith is a big boxer with a massive frame who has great punching power and likes to fight on the inside where he can wear on his opponent and land body shots. Smith has stopped each of his last five opponents and is rarely making it past the sixth round these days. Smith has a heavyweight style and can land quick combinations for his size. The only concern is conditioning, as Smith still hasn’t shown he can go the distance against a quality boxer. Smith has fought most of his career in Liverpool, his birthplace. 

Erik Skoglund enters this fight with a 26-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Skoglund’s third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Timy Shala. Skoglund has a chance to take his career to new heights with a victory here while earning the title as the best boxer from Sweden. Skoglund is 26 years old, stands at 6’1” and has an orthodox stance. Skoglund throws accurate and strong punches, and he lands hander than his 46 percent knockout percentage would suggest. Skoglund has good movement for a guy his size and is really effective on his counters when he’s patient sitting back. When Skoglund wants to push the pace and be the aggressor, he’s a real handful to deal with and showed that in his last bout when he knocked down Shala several times before scoring the KO. The problem is Skoglund has spent much of his career beating up on subpar boxers, so this is a real show and prove moment. This will be Skoglund’s first fight in the United Kingdom. 

This is a nice fight to start the tournament, as you have two of the better super middleweights in the world going at it and putting their undefeated records on the line. And while we can hope for a 12 round bloodbath, this is a bout Smith should win in his backyard. Smith is the bigger boxer, has far more punching power, is more battle tested at this stage of his career and is the type of boxer who isn’t going to sit back and allow Skoglund to get comfortable. Skoglund has had too many fights where he’s able to sit back and pick his spots, but that won’t be the case here. Smith brings the fight to his opponent and has the power to end things with one shot.

Smith is the fighter who remains undefeated and moves on in the tournament.

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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:25:35 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89877
<![CDATA[Milan Melindo vs. Hekkie Budler Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/16/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/09/16/milan-melindo-vs-hekkie-budler-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Milan Melindo and Hekkie Budler fight Saturday at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino for the IBF World light flyweight title.

Milan Melindo enters this fight with a 36-2 record that includes 13 knockouts. Melindo has won seven of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a May win over Akira Yaegashi. Melindo hasnt lost since his bout with Javier Mendoza and will defend his belt for the first 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 really impressive victory in which he knocked out…

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Milan Melindo and Hekkie Budler fight Saturday at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino for the IBF World light flyweight title.

Milan Melindo enters this fight with a 36-2 record that includes 13 knockouts. Melindo has won seven of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a May win over Akira Yaegashi. Melindo hasnt lost since his bout with Javier Mendoza and will defend his belt for the first 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 really impressive victory in which he knocked out Yaegashi in the first round in on his home turf. Of course, Melindo is no secret to this division, as he lands rapid combinations, has a very strong left hand and simply knows how to win rounds with his effectiveness and accuracy. Melindo doesn’t have the most power in the world, putting pressure on him to outwork his opponent, and six of his last nine wins have come by decision. Melindo has fought much of his career in the Philippines, his birthplace. 

Hekkie Budler enters this fight with a 31-2 record that includes 10 knockouts. Budler has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a February win over Joey Canoy. Budler has won his last two bouts since his 2016 loss to Byron Rojas and and has a chance to put himself in the best pound for pound conversion in his country with a victory here. Budler is a 29-year-old South African who stands at 5’3”, has a 65 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Budler is an athletic boxer who moves well in the ring, has good defensive positioning and counter well. Budler can be tough to hit at times due to constant movement and patience, and he’s going to pick his spots when to be aggressive. Both of Budler’s losses could have truly gone either way, which indicates just how tough his fights can be to judge. Budler isn’t known for his punching power, but four of his last eight victories have come by stoppage. This will be Budler’s first fight in the Philippines.

While few will pay attention to this bout with it being on the same day as Golovkin and Canelo, this is a solid bout between two of the better light flyweights in the world. Budler is the slightly bigger fighter and will be tough and frustrating for Melindo, who likes to push the pace and relies on rhythm. This is all about who can control the fight and dictate pace to force the opponent to match their style, especially with neither having much finish power. With that said, I give the edge to Melindo, as he’s the better offensive fighter, and I usually side with the aggressor unless there’s a clear edge in talent and ability.

Melindo wins this fight.

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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:41:16 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=89847
<![CDATA[Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/23/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/05/06/joseph-parker-vs-hughie-fury-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury fight Saturday at the Vector Arena for the WBO World heavyweight title.

Joseph Parker enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 18 knockouts. This will be Parker’s sixth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Andy Ruiz Jr. Parker remains out to prove he’s the best heavyweight in the world, as his workload remains extremely consistent and his competition has improved as well. Parker is already a household name at just 25 years old and will be defending his new belt for the first time. Parker…

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Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury fight Saturday at the Vector Arena for the WBO World heavyweight title.

Joseph Parker enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 18 knockouts. This will be Parker’s sixth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Andy Ruiz Jr. Parker remains out to prove he’s the best heavyweight in the world, as his workload remains extremely consistent and his competition has improved as well. Parker is already a household name at just 25 years old and will be defending his new belt for the first time. Parker is a rangy boxer with a 76 inch reach and has won nine of his last 11 fights by knockout. Parker isn’t that difficult to counter, which is one of his main weakness, but considering he survived bouts against Ruiz and Carlos Takam, he’s shown he has a really solid chin at this stage. Parker has fought much of his career in New Zealand, his birthplace.

Hughie Fury enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 10 knockouts. This will be Monaghan’s third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Fred Kassi. Fury will be fighting for the first time in a year, and this is easily the biggest fight of his career at 22 years old. Fury has fought some decent guys in the past, however, with his best win probably coming in 2015 against Andriy Rudenko. Fury is a massive fighter who stands in at 6’6” and moves quite well for a guy his size. Fury also has knockout power, but only three of his last seven fights have ended in stoppage. The concern with Fury is there’s still questions with his chin, as he has yet to truly be tested against an above-average fighter. This will be Fury’s first fight in New Zealand.

Another quality fight in 2017 in what has been a fun year already for boxing fans. Two young, undefeated and promising heavyweights who have the ability to be the faces of this division sooner than later. When it’s all said and done, however, Parker is the better boxer of the two and is far more battle tested. Parker is on the fast track to becoming a star in this sport and has been working on it consistently by fighting no less than three times a year. He’s passed nearly each test with flying colors and has displayed vicious punching power. Fury hasn’t faced the competition Parker has up to this point, and he’ll be making a rare appearance outside of the UK where he won’t be the crowd favorite this time around. Not to mention Fury has had trouble finishing his opponents, as his knockout percentage is an underwhelming 50 percent.

I like Parker to keep his belt and be the fighter to remain unbeaten.

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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:42:40 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=82630
<![CDATA[Carlos Cuadras vs. Juan Francisco Estrada Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/9/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/09/09/carlos-cuadras-vs-juan-francisco-estrada-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Carlos Cuadras and Juan Francisco Estrada fight Saturday at the StubHub Center for the WBC junior bantamweight eliminator.

Carlos Cuadras enters this fight with a 36-1-1 record that includes 27 knockouts. Cuadras has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a March win over David Carmona. Cuadras bounced back nicely from his loss to Chocolatito and will box for the fourth time since the start of 2016. Cuadras is a 28-year-old Mexican who stands at 5’4” with a 66 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Cuadras is a lengthy fighter with great movement and…

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Carlos Cuadras and Juan Francisco Estrada fight Saturday at the StubHub Center for the WBC junior bantamweight eliminator.

Carlos Cuadras enters this fight with a 36-1-1 record that includes 27 knockouts. Cuadras has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a March win over David Carmona. Cuadras bounced back nicely from his loss to Chocolatito and will box for the fourth time since the start of 2016. Cuadras is a 28-year-old Mexican who stands at 5’4” with a 66 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Cuadras is a lengthy fighter with great movement and uses his jab well to help control and dictate the fight. Cuadras has had four of his last six fights end in decisions, but you can’t ignore his 71 percent knockout percentage, as he does have pop in those hands and did stop the first 13 fighters he faced. Cuadras also has proven toughness, as he’s only been knocked down once in his career and has managed to still be effective despite being cut numerous times. This will be Cuadras’ second fight in California. 

Juan Francisco Estrada enters this fight with a 35-2 record that includes 25 knockouts. Estrada has won his last nine fights, and he’s coming off a March win over Anuar Salas. Estrada hasn’t lost since his 2012 bout with Chocolatito and will fight for the third 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 seven 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. This will be Estrada’s fourth fight outside of Mexico.  

This is not only a fight with a title shot on the line, but bragging rights are also in play considering we’re talking about two of the better Mexican pound for pound boxers in the world. Both guys are going to come to win and should be well prepared. You could make a case for either boxer, as they’re both the same size, have strong chins and their only recent losses have come to the same guy, Roman Gonzalez, who is one of the top boxers in the world. However, I’m siding with Cuadras, as I thin he has better movement, will be able to use his jab to his advantage and he has a slight advantage in the power department. 

Close fight that could very well go the distance, but I have Cuadras being on the winning side.

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