<![CDATA[Boxing RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Regis Prograis vs. Viktor Postol Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 3/9/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/03/09/regis-prograis-vs-viktor-postol-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Regis Prograis and Viktor Postol fight Friday at Buffalo Run Casino for the WBC World Super Lightweight Title. 

Regis Prograis enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Prograis’ fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a June win over Joel Diaz Jr. Prograis has been quietly climbing up the super lightweight rankings over the years and now has a chance to prove himself on the big stage against his best opponent yet. Prograis is a lengthy, rangy southpaw at 5’8” with a 67 inch reach and is 29 years old. Prograis uses that size…

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Regis Prograis and Viktor Postol fight Friday at Buffalo Run Casino for the WBC World Super Lightweight Title. 

Regis Prograis enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Prograis’ fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a June win over Joel Diaz Jr. Prograis has been quietly climbing up the super lightweight rankings over the years and now has a chance to prove himself on the big stage against his best opponent yet. Prograis is a lengthy, rangy southpaw at 5’8” with a 67 inch reach and is 29 years old. Prograis uses that size to pressure his opponent and execute his jab, and he usually overwhelms his opponent until they breakdown. When Prograis has his opponent in trouble or boxed in on the ropes is when he unleashes powerful combinations, and he’s now produced stoppages in each of his last five fights. However, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Prograis in the ring, so there’s obvious concerns about some ring rust for the still young fighter. This will be Prograis’ second career fight in Miami. 

Viktor Postol enters this fight with a 29-1 record that includes 12 knockouts. Postol has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a September win over Jamshidbek Najmiddinov. Postol is coming off a bounce back fight against some no-name after losing the WBC light welterweight title to Terence Crawford, and he now hopes to redeem himself against a quality fighter. Postol is 34 years old, stands at 5’11”, has a 73 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Postol is able to take advantage of his length with an impressive jab and is a very smart defensive boxer as well. Postol rarely puts himself in danger and has proven he has a respectable chin after going the distance with possibly the best pound for pound fighter in the world. Postol doesn’t have much punching power, as he only has two knockouts since 2013, but his IQ and defense are the two things that put him at the top of the super lightweight division. This will be Postol’s first career fight in Miami. 

Postol is probably going to be the favorite in this fight, as he’s far more proven against quality fighters, is the bigger fighter with the longer reach, and he has the name. Prograis has been sharp against the guys he’s faced and is a respected fighter in the boxing community, but he has yet to produce that win over a marquee opponent. This is his chance, and I like him to get it. Prograis has the advantage in power, is younger and has the pressure that can control the fight and force Postol into some tough situations. There’s also the hunger on Prograis’ side, as I like siding with talented kids in their first big fight, as they often look at as a life changing event and leave it all in the ring. Prograis is dangerous in this bout.

I like the American to prevail.

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Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:03:50 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=111343
<![CDATA[Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 3/31/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/03/31/anthony-joshua-vs-joseph-parker-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker fight Saturday at Principality Stadium for the IBF World Heavyweight Title.

Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 20 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s sixth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a October win over Carlos Takam. Joshua continues to stay busy, as he proves he’s the best heavyweight in the world and is defending a belt for a fifth straight fight. Joshua also has a chance to give his opponent their first loss for the sixth time in his career. Joshua is a 28-year-old who stands at 6’6”, 82 inch…

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Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker fight Saturday at Principality Stadium for the IBF World Heavyweight Title.

Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 20 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s sixth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a October win over Carlos Takam. Joshua continues to stay busy, as he proves he’s the best heavyweight in the world and is defending a belt for a fifth straight fight. Joshua also has a chance to give his opponent their first loss for the sixth time in his career. Joshua is a 28-year-old who stands at 6’6”, 82 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Joshua is also the total package in terms of power, footwork, IQ and hand speed. Joshua has knocked out every single one of his opponents, and broken down his last two fighters rather than just going for the haymaker and the quick ending punch. Joshua was knocked down in his bout with Wladimir Klitschko, but other than that, he’s shown very few flaws in his game. Joshua is in a class by himself until proven otherwise. Joshua has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.  

Joseph Parker enters this fight with a 24-0 record that includes 18 knockouts. This will be Parker’s eighth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a September win over Hughie Fury. Parker has a shot at the biggest win of his career and looks to defend his WBO heavyweight title for a third straight fight. Parker is 26 years old, stands at 6’4”, has a 76 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Parker is a rangy boxer and has won nine of his last 13 fights by knockout. However, Parker doesn’t have a knockout victory since his 2016 win over Alexander Dimitrenko, as his last three fights have ended in decision. Parker isn’t that difficult to counter, which is one of his main weaknesses, but considering he survived bouts against Andy Ruiz and Carlos Takam, he’s shown he has a really solid chin at this stage. This will be Parker’s second fight in the United Kingdom. 

It’s honestly difficult for me to determine just how good Parker is, as I’m simply not impressed with his resume and question if he’s ready for a fight like this. Besides a lack of experience against great fighters, Parker is also giving up a six inch reach to Joshua and doesn’t have the pure punching power to really concern the champion. AJ has shown over his last few fights that he’s more than capable of breaking down his opponent rather than simply landing the powerful combo to end things. That takes Joshua to the next level and really put him in a class by himself. For me, Parker hasn’t shown anything against another top tier fighter than makes me think he can go into Joshua’s backyard and become the first to beat him. I don’t see this fight being close.

Joshua remains undefeated.

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Mon, 15 Jan 2018 04:54:53 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110320
<![CDATA[Terry Flanagan vs. Maurice Hooker Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/14/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/04/14/terry-flanagan-vs-maurice-hooker-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Terry Flanagan and Maurice Hooker fight Saturday in London for the WBO World Super Lightweight Title. 

Terry Flanagan enters this fight with a 33-0 record that includes 13 knockouts. This will be Flanagan’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Petr Petrov. Flanagan will be defending a belt for the sixth straight fight while continuing to prove he’s arguably the top lightweight boxer in the world. Flanagan is 28 years old, stands at 5’9” and has a southpaw stance. You usually know what you’re getting when you fight Flanagan, as he throws rapid…

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Terry Flanagan and Maurice Hooker fight Saturday in London for the WBO World Super Lightweight Title. 

Terry Flanagan enters this fight with a 33-0 record that includes 13 knockouts. This will be Flanagan’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Petr Petrov. Flanagan will be defending a belt for the sixth straight fight while continuing to prove he’s arguably the top lightweight boxer in the world. Flanagan is 28 years old, stands at 5’9” and has a southpaw stance. You usually know what you’re getting when you fight Flanagan, as he throws 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 eight of his last 11 fights by stoppage. Flanagan doesn’t have the raw punching power to stop an opponent with one shot, but his work rate gets the job done and him constantly dictating the pace with his quickness allows him to usually easily win on the cards. Flanagan has fought his whole career in the UK, his birthplace. 

Maurice Hooker enters this fight with a 23-0-3 record that includes 16 knockouts. Hooker has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a August win over Courtney Jackson. Hooker will fight for the sixth time since 2016 and has a chance to get probably the biggest victory of his career. Hooker is a 28-year-old boxer from Dallas, who is long and rangy, uses his jab well and is a great athlete. Hooker dodges punches well and has very quick hands that make him dangerous on the counter. And while his frail body wouldn't suggest much punching power, seven of Hooker’s last 10 victories have come by stoppage. The downfall is Hooker can be a bit passive offensively, leaving decisions close, and he probably should have lost the bout against Darleys Perez. This will certainly be Hooker’s biggest test to date. This will be Hooker’s second fight outside of the United States.

This is a clear clash of styles, as Flanagan likes to push the pace and be the aggressor, while Hooker likes to feel out his opponent, rely on his counters and defense and can be passive at times. How will Hooker deal with the pressure? Will his frail body be able to take the offensive pounding that’s likely coming his way? These are questions that will be answered and are key to this fight. Neither one of these fighters has an impressive resume if we’re being completely honest, but you have to side with Flanagan in this bout because we know he’s going to control the pace of this fight and try to walk down Hooker. This fight is also in Flanagan’s backyard, while this is the first time Hooker has been outside of North America. I kind of have to see it to believe it. 

Give me Flanagan to win this fight. 

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Tue, 09 Jan 2018 02:05:33 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=109327
<![CDATA[Devon Alexander vs. Victor Ortiz Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/17/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/02/17/devon-alexander-vs-victor-ortiz-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Devon Alexander and Victor Ortiz fight Saturday at the Don Haskins Center.

Devon Alexander enters this fight with a 27-4 record that includes 14 knockouts. Alexander has split his last six fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Walter Castillo. Alexander has just one fight under his belt since his 2015 bout with Aaron Martinez, as he made his return recently from a battling addiction to painkillers, and he looked sharp in his victory. Alexander is a 30-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’8” and has a 69 inch reach. The things that stand out most with Alexander…

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Devon Alexander and Victor Ortiz fight Saturday at the Don Haskins Center.

Devon Alexander enters this fight with a 27-4 record that includes 14 knockouts. Alexander has split his last six fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Walter Castillo. Alexander has just one fight under his belt since his 2015 bout with Aaron Martinez, as he made his return recently from a battling addiction to painkillers, and he looked sharp in his victory. Alexander is a 30-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’8” and has a 69 inch reach. The things that stand out most with Alexander is his defense, as he bobs and weaves extremely well, has great movement and has a respectable chin, as he’s never been knocked out despite four losses. Alexander is a solid counter puncher because of his ability to dodge punches, and he has better power than expected, even if his knockout numbers don’t show it. Alexander is quick, athletic and probably one of the more underrated boxing technicians over the last 10 years or so. This will be Alexander’s first career fight in Texas.

Victor Ortiz enters this fight with a 32-6-2 record that includes 25 knockouts. Ortiz has split his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a July win over Saul Corral. Ortiz has fought just twice since his 2015 win over Gilberto Sanchez Leon and hopes there’s still something left in the tank to get back in the mix of talented welterweights. Ortiz is a 31-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’9” and has a 70 inch reach. Ortiz of course hasn’t been the same since his controversial loss to Floyd Mayweather and has now been knocked out five times in his career. When in good form, Ortiz is a bulky welterweight who has a terrific right hook to go along with good head movement and footwork. Ortiz has shown he can hold his own against anybody in the ring, but motivation is always a question. Ortiz has had his heart questioned throughout his career, and that’s not going to change with so much he does outside of the ring and the lack of boxing he’s done over the years. This will be Ortiz’s seventh career fight in Texas.

This is an interesting fight considering these two have known each other since they were kids and never fought during their primes. It kind of has that Mayweahter - Pacquiao feel to it, but we’ll take it anyway we can get it, I guess. Obvious question marks with both fighters due to a lack of recent boxing. But in terms of picking a winner, I have to side with Alexander. He has a clear advantage in speed and defense, and he can breakdown Ortiz while landing some nasty counters. I’ve said it before, Ortiz hasn’t been the same fighter since he was knocked out in the controversial bout with Mayweather, and he’s lost pretty much every bout against respectable fighters since. 

At this point in their careers, I trust Alexander a lot more than I do Ortiz. Give me Alexander by UD.

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Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:22:29 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=109270
<![CDATA[Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/17/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/02/17/danny-garcia-vs-brandon-rios-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Danny Garcia and Brandon Rios fight Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Danny Garcia enters this fight with a 33-1 record that includes 19 knockouts. Garcia has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a March loss to Keith Thurman. Garcia is coming off a controversial split decision in which he lost the WBC welterweight title, despite landing a higher percentage of his punches. Regardless, Garcia more than held his own against one of the top pound for pound boxers and proved he’s one of the top welterweights currently. Garcia is a 29-year-old who…

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Danny Garcia and Brandon Rios fight Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Danny Garcia enters this fight with a 33-1 record that includes 19 knockouts. Garcia has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a March loss to Keith Thurman. Garcia is coming off a controversial split decision in which he lost the WBC welterweight title, despite landing a higher percentage of his punches. Regardless, Garcia more than held his own against one of the top pound for pound boxers and proved he’s one of the top welterweights currently. Garcia is a 29-year-old who stands at 5’8”, has a 68 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Garcia continues to display a variety of offensive skills that includes a nasty left hook and the ability to counter with extreme quickness. Garcia does a nice job of mixing up his punches and dictating the pace of a fight, which is key, as his pressure often gives him the edge in decisions. It’s going to be interesting to see how Garcia bounces back from his first career loss and spending nearly a full year out of the ring. This will be Garcia’s 11th career fight in Nevada.

Brandon Rios enters this fight with a 34-3-1 record that includes 25 knockouts. Rios has split his last six fights and is coming off a June win over Aaron Herrera. Rios looked good for a boxer who was out of the ring for 19 months, as he produced a seventh round knockout, winning his first bout since the beginning of 2015. Of course, Rios announced his retirement after his 2015 loss to Timothy Bradley, claiming that the demands of the sport were impacting his ability in a negative way. Rios is a 31-year-old who stands at 5’8” with a 68 inch reach and fights out of an orthodox stance. Bam Bam is known for his punching power and 10 of his last 11 victories have come by some sort of stoppage. Rios has a high work rate, straight forward style and a strong chin that allows him to survive a back and forth match. This will be Rios’ ninth career fight in Nevada.

Rios is an entertaining fighter who is willing to take a pounding, and that always makes his bouts interesting. Unfortunately, the wear and tear of his style has caught up to him and he simply isn’t the same fighter he was in the past. Even before his absence, we saw Rios struggle against quality fighters and wear down the lighter the fight went. Garcia should have little trouble getting whatever he wants offensively in this bout and could even knockout Rios if he keeps that pressure on him each round. While he still has great heart and a solid chin, Rios is a shell of himself at this point in his career.

Garcia gets his bounce back victory.

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Mon, 01 Jan 2018 02:43:09 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=108065
<![CDATA[Rances Barthelemy vs. Kiryl Relikh Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/10/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/02/10/rances-barthelemy-vs-kiryl-relikh-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Rances Barthelemy and Kiryl Relikh fight Saturday at the Alamodome for the WBA World Super Lightweight Title.

Kiryl Relikh enters this fight with a 21-2 record that includes 19 knockouts. Relikh has lost each of his last two fights and is coming off a May loss to Rances Barthelemy. Relikh went from being an unbeaten fighter and possibly the best boxer from Belarus, to losing his last two bouts and in need of a statement victory to get back on track. Relikh is 28 years old, stands at 5’9”, has a 67 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Relikh has spent his whole career…

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Rances Barthelemy and Kiryl Relikh fight Saturday at the Alamodome for the WBA World Super Lightweight Title.

Kiryl Relikh enters this fight with a 21-2 record that includes 19 knockouts. Relikh has lost each of his last two fights and is coming off a May loss to Rances Barthelemy. Relikh went from being an unbeaten fighter and possibly the best boxer from Belarus, to losing his last two bouts and in need of a statement victory to get back on track. Relikh is 28 years old, stands at 5’9”, has a 67 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Relikh has spent his whole career beating up on below-average fighters, so his last two fights are signs that maybe he wasn’t as good as some had hyped him up to be. When in good form, Relikh is a decent pressure fighter who throws lots of quick combinations and has produced stoppages in his last 12 victories. Relikh also has a solid chin, as you can say he was outboxed in his last two fights if you like, but he stood in there and took his loss by unanimous decision. However, it’s important to remind you that Relikh hasn’t exactly beaten anybody noteworthy up to this point. This will be Relikh’s second fight in the United States.

Rances Barthelemy enters this fight with a 26-0 record that includes 13 knockouts. This will be Barthelemy’s third fight since 2016 and is coming off a May win over Kiryl Relikh. Barthelemy has been quietly moving up in the super lightweight division, and hopefully this early fight opens the schedule up for two fights in the same year for the first time since 2015. Barthelemy is a 31-year-old Cuban who stands at 5’11”, has a 73 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Barthelemy is just vicious in the ring with his offensive attack, as he throws accurate punches and has pretty good power despite his last four bouts ending in decisions. Barthelemy hasn’t produced a knockout since his 2015 victory over Angino Perez. Barthelemy loves to work the body and is capable of boxing in either stance, making him even more dangerous with his length. Barthelemy brings swagger into the ring and has no problem taunting his opponent while mixing in powerful combinations. This will be Barthelemy’s first fight in Texas.

Once again, this is a nice little fight for an undercard that includes Mikey Garcia and Sergey Lipinets, but there’s little question who is going to be on the winning side. I picked Barthelemy to win the first time these two met, and I’m doing it again here. Relikh is a tough fighter who brings the fight to his opponent and has heart, but he’s done nothing on his resume and doesn’t have the pure offensive skill set to beat the upper tier fighters. Barthelemy schooled him for majority of the first fight and there’s nothing to suggest this bout being different. He’s the bigger, stronger, more proven and simply the better pure boxer.

Barthelemy remains unbeaten, again.

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Tue, 26 Dec 2017 18:02:27 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=107198
<![CDATA[Mikey Garcia vs. Sergey Lipinets Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/10/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/02/10/mikey-garcia-vs-sergey-lipinets-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Mikey Garcia and Sergey Lipinets fight Saturday at the Alamodome for the IBF World Super Lightweight Title.

Mikey Garcia enters this fight with a 37-0 record that includes 30 knockouts. This will be Garcia’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a July win over Adrien Broner. Garcia put himself in the conversation for being one of the best pound for pound fighters with his dominating victory over Broner, and I actually included him in…

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Mikey Garcia and Sergey Lipinets fight Saturday at the Alamodome for the IBF World Super Lightweight Title.

Mikey Garcia enters this fight with a 37-0 record that includes 30 knockouts. This will be Garcia’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a July win over Adrien Broner. Garcia put himself in the conversation for being one of the best pound for pound fighters with his dominating victory over Broner, and I actually included him in my top-10 list to end the year. Garcia is a 30-year-old boxer who stands at 5’6”, has a 68 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Garcia is known for his punching power with 13 of his last 15 fights ending in stoppage, but he proved in his last fight that he can outbox a talented fighter and break them down with his high IQ and patience. Garcia showed the world just how balanced his attack is and that he’s far more than just power punches that usually end things before the fight really even begins. Garcia is quickly developing into a complete package and is still young enough to improve even more. This will be Garcia’s eighth fight in Texas.

Sergey Lipinets enters this fight with a 13-0 record that includes 10 knockouts. Lipinets will fight for the sixth time since 2016, and he’s coming off a November win over Akihiro Kondo. Lipinets is coming off the biggest win of his career and looks to defend his belt for the first time. Lipinets is a 28-year-old Russian who stands at 5’7”, has a 67 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Lipinets is a heavy handed puncher who likes to citronella the ring by getting his opponent and going to work with combinations. Lipinets lands strong body shots and has stopped 10 of his last 12 opponents, including an eighth round knockout over Lenny Zappavigna, probably his best victory. Lipinets has been able to bully his opponents up to this point, but its going to be interesting to see how he handles stepping up in competition and fighting somebody with an extremely high boxing IQ. This will be Lipinets’ first fight in Texas.

Lipinets deserves credit for getting to this point and has put together solid performances, but he’s simply not ready for a guy as polished and complete as Garcia. This is simply a boxer rushing his career and looking for that quick breakthrough. Lipinets has 13 fights under his belt in four years and is now boxing one of the top names on three months rest. Good luck. Garcia has the power to test Lipinets chin, the IQ to not allow him to dictate the pace and cut off the ring, and has the hand speed advantage as well. Lipinets has a solid skill set and is no pushover, but there’s levels to boxing, and he’s simply not ready or polished enough for this fight.

Garcia puts on another boxing clinic and remains unbeaten.

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Sun, 24 Dec 2017 01:34:54 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=107006
<![CDATA[Carl Frampton vs. Nonito Donaire Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/7/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/04/07/carl-frampton-vs-nonito-donaire-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire fight Saturday at The SSE Arena.

Carl Frampton enters this fight with a 24-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Frampton has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Horacio Garcia. Frampton bounced back nicely from his loss to Leo Santa Cruz by dominating Garcia from start to finish, and now looks for another win to kind of get back on track completely and set the tone to what should be an effective 2018. Frampton is a 31-year-old who stands at 5’5”, has a 62 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Frampton…

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Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire fight Saturday at The SSE Arena.

Carl Frampton enters this fight with a 24-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Frampton has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Horacio Garcia. Frampton bounced back nicely from his loss to Leo Santa Cruz by dominating Garcia from start to finish, and now looks for another win to kind of get back on track completely and set the tone to what should be an effective 2018. Frampton is a 31-year-old who stands at 5’5”, has a 62 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Frampton is a great athletic boxer with fast hands and some serious pop, as he has one-punch knockout potential. However, Frampton’s last four victories have come by decision, as he hasn’t produced a knockout win since 2015 against Chris Avalos. With great moment and impressive hand speed, Frampton is a nightmare when he’s able to dictate the pace of the fight and get in his groove offensively. Frampton has fought most of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace. 

Nonito Donaire enters this fight with a 38-4 record that includes 24 knockouts. Donaire has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a September win over Ruben Garcia Hernandez. Donaire took just one fight last year and redeemed himself with a convincing victory after losing to Jessie Magdaleno in 2016. Donaire is 35 years old, stands at 5’5”, has a 68 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Even as he gets older, Donaire is still extremely dangerous on counters due to his hand speed and has one-punch knockout power when he lands cleanly. Donaire has produced stoppages in seven of his last nine wins and did knockout Zsolt Bedak in 2016, a proven boxer from Hungary. Donaire also has a impressive chin with only one of his losses coming by stoppage, and he’s only been dropped once in his career. This will be Donaire’s first fight in the United Kingdom.

This is going to be a fun fight and better expected than what the odds indicate, as Donaire is no chump and has a flashy offensive skill set, even at this age he can be dangerous. Donaire also has a tough chin and will be capable of trading blows with the powerful Frampton on his home soil. However, you have to side with The Jackal to win this fight when its all said and done. He’s the bigger, younger and more explosive fighter with the ability to land vicious counters. It’s been a while since Donaire has been in the ring with somebody like Frampton, and I question how much he has left in the tank to go blow for blow with somebody as conditioned and talented at this age.

More competitive than the odds indicate, but Frampton still wins.

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Sat, 23 Dec 2017 23:37:41 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=106994
<![CDATA[Power Ranking Top-10 Pound-For-Pound Boxers Heading Into 2018]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/01/01/power-ranking-top-10-pound-for-pound-boxers-heading-into-2018#comments Considering I cover every relevant boxing match and we’re coming off one of the best years in boxing in quite some time, it’s only right to put together the top-10 pound-for-pound boxers as we head into 2018. Throw out the weight classes, just give me the best 10 boxers in the world right now. Only things I’m focusing on are ability and resumes, and obviously these things can change quickly, and they likely will with some of the matches that are being scheduled already.

Here’s to an even better 2018 in a sport that’s alive and well...

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Considering I cover every relevant boxing match and we’re coming off one of the best years in boxing in quite some time, it’s only right to put together the top-10 pound-for-pound boxers as we head into 2018. Throw out the weight classes, just give me the best 10 boxers in the world right now. Only things I’m focusing on are ability and resumes, and obviously these things can change quickly, and they likely will with some of the matches that are being scheduled already.

Here’s to an even better 2018 in a sport that’s alive and well...

1. Terence Crawford - Floyd Mayweather says Terence Crawford is the best boxer in the world right now, and I have to agree. From IQ to power to defense to resume, Crawford checks all of the boxes, and there’s potential matches in the works that will prove this spot in due time.

2. Vasyl Lomachenko - Vasyl Lomachenko had a very successful 2017 that ended with a convincing victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux, which wasn’t a surprise to me. Lomachenko has the ability to chew up and spit out just about anybody you put in front of him, and it’s interesting to see what next year has in store. 

3. Errol Spence - I’m probably higher on Errol Spence than some, as many may say he still has some work to do. After Spence eats Lamont Peterson's food early in January, you can get back to me. Spence is possibly the most entertaining boxer in the world right now and nobody wants those body shots. I’m driving the Spence bandwagon. There’s still room.

4. Gennady Golovkin - There’s no introduction needed for Gennady Golovkin, and he did beat Saul Alvarez with ease despite the BS draw handed out to encourage a rematch. You know what you’re getting with Golovkin every time he steps in the ring, but he’s no longer a spring chicken, which does raise some questions moving forward.

5. Keith Thurman - Keith Thurman only had one fight last year due to elbow surgery, but he says he’s healthy and has a potential matchup ready for the new year. Hopefully it’s a bout that inches him closer to a meeting with Spence, the one matchup that everyone must watch when it's booked. Yes, please. 

6. Saul Alvarez - Saul Alvarez drops several notches after getting beat up and losing to Golovkin, even if he wasn’t awarded the loss. Canelo is still probably the most polished boxer in the world and is still only 27 years old which is amazing when you think about his resume already. I love Canelo, but losing matters in this sport, and there should be consequences. 

7. Anthony Joshua - If Anthony Joshua was American or was taking fights in the States, he’d be a superstar and help take boxing to the next level in terms of grabbing the casual fans and expanding its popularity. Joshua is the real deal and would school Deontay Wilder if that bout was to ever take place. 

8. Billy Joe Saunders - Another UK fighter who doesn’t get enough love is Billy Joe Saunders. And fighting only in your backyard is something you can’t say about him anymore, as he lit David Lemieux on fire in Canada, as you can argue he won every round. Saunders is highly skilled, and it’s going to be interning to see how he builds on that victory.  

9. Mikey Garcia - Mikey Garcia made Adrien Broner look bad, which can be impressive or is just another victory depending on which Broner you get. Either way, Garcia showed he has the IQ and the pure boxing ability to break a fighter down. Garcia should have the attention of all boxing fans, and his bout with Sergey Lipinets helps set the tone to another great year. 

10. Shawn Porter - Shawn Porter is possibly the most underrated fighter in the sport, which is why I had to include him in this top-10 list. Porter had nice victories over Andre Berto and Adrian Granados in 2017, and let’s not forget you can argue he outboxed Keith Thurman and should have earned the victory. Here’s to Showtime getting some love.

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<![CDATA[Robert Easter vs. Javier Fortuna Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/20/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2018/01/20/robert-easter-vs-javier-fortuna-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Robert Easter Jr. and Javier Fortuna fight Saturday at the Barclays Center for the IBF World Lightweight Title.

Robert Easter Jr. enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 14 knockouts. This will be Easter’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a June win over Denis Shafikov. Easter has had a lot of time off since his last fight and will be defending his belt for a third straight bout. Easter will be 27 years old six days after this fight, and he stands at 5’11”, has a 76 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Easter has everything you look for in a star,…

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Robert Easter Jr. and Javier Fortuna fight Saturday at the Barclays Center for the IBF World Lightweight Title.

Robert Easter Jr. enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 14 knockouts. This will be Easter’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a June win over Denis Shafikov. Easter has had a lot of time off since his last fight and will be defending his belt for a third straight bout. Easter will be 27 years old six days after this fight, and he stands at 5’11”, has a 76 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Easter has everything you look for in a star, as he’s athletic, has great hand speed, power and a proven chin. Easter has won each of his last three fights in decision, but his pop can’t be ignored, and he has a history of being effective early in fights. Easter is already the best lightweight in the world, but given his age, he’s going to continue climbing the charts and could soon start putting himself in the best pound for pound conversation if he can have an effective 2018. This will be Easter’s second time fighting in New York.

Javier Fortuna enters this fight with a 33-1-1 record that includes 23 knockouts. Fortuna has won his last four fights, and he’s coming off a September win over Nicolas Polanco. Fortuna has kind of put that 2016 loss to Jason Sosa behind him, but it’s fair to say his last four opponents weren’t exactly marquee names. Fortuna needs a fight like this to convince the boxing world he’s truly one of the best in the division and not somebody who only shines against lesser boxers. Fortuna is 28 years old, stands at 5’6”, has a 68 inch reach and a southpaw stance. Fortuna brings a lot of energy into the ring and has power in both hands, as five of his last eight victories have ended in stoppage. Fortuna has great head movement, quick hands and is just extremely dangerous with his offensive attack. However, this is a prove it fight for the Dominican, if he hopes to be taken seriously with the elite. This will be Fortuna’s second time fighting in New York. 

I have a hard time making a case for Fortuna in this fight, as he really hasn’t boxed anybody since getting knocked out by Sosa, is moving up in weight and is fighting somebody extremely bigger than him. Easter is damn nearly a half foot taller than Fortuna and has an eight inch reach advantage. As long as Easter is able to keep Fortuna on the outside and not allow an inside fight, he’s going to have a field day. Keep the feet moving and dictate the pace. Easter does have a habit of making fights a little bit more competitive than they should be, but this should be a rather routine title defense. The length and size is too overwhelming to look past and is why I’m siding with the American. 

I like Easter to remain undefeated.

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