<![CDATA[Boxing RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Thomas Dulorme vs. Yordenis Ugas Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/20/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/06/20/thomas-dulorme-vs-yordenis-ugas-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Thomas Dulorme and Yordenis Ugas fight Tuesday at the Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall on FS1.

Thomas Dulorme enters this fight with a 24-2 record that includes 16 knockouts. Dulorme has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a January win over Brian Jones. Dulorme has looked sharp in his last two bouts since losing to Terence Crawford, but a win here would certainly help him redeem himself. Dulorme is 27 years old, stands at 5’10”, has a 73 inch reach and fights out of an orthodox stance. Dulorme is a powerful boxer who has knockout…

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Thomas Dulorme and Yordenis Ugas fight Tuesday at the Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall on FS1.

Thomas Dulorme enters this fight with a 24-2 record that includes 16 knockouts. Dulorme has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a January win over Brian Jones. Dulorme has looked sharp in his last two bouts since losing to Terence Crawford, but a win here would certainly help him redeem himself. Dulorme is 27 years old, stands at 5’10”, has a 73 inch reach and fights out of an orthodox stance. Dulorme is a powerful boxer who has knockout potential in both hands and throws, quick and compact combinations. When Dulorme is aggressive and finding his rhythm, he can be one of the more impressive and dangerous welterweights in the world. The concern with Dulorme is his chin, as both of his losses have been by knockout and Crawford dropped him multiple times before it was called. This will be Dulorme’s first fight in Las Vegas.

Yordenis Ugas enters this fight with a 19-3 record that includes nine knockouts. Ugas has won his last four fights, and he’s coming off a April win over Nelson Lara. Ugas has a shot at the biggest win of his career after bouncing back nicely from his 2014 loss to Amir Imam. Ugas is a 30-year-old boxer who stands at 5’9”, has a 69 inch reach and fights out of an orthodox stance. Ugas is a lengthy boxer who swings tons of haymakers and has a powerful right hand that can end things at anytime. Ugas has four knockouts in his last eight fights, and he's going to do damage if he can get his opponent against the ropes. Ugas is at his best when he uses his jab more consistently and is more patient when looking to land the big shots. This will be Ugas’ third fight in Las Vegas.

This is going to be a hell of a fight between two powerful welterweights who are athletic and aren't shy when it comes to letting their hands go. Both guys will have their shots at swinging for the fences and if one of them lands cleanly, it could all she wrote. It's the best from Puerto Rico and the best from Cuba, and the winner will have opened a door to a possible title shot. This will be a nice way to spend a Tuesday night if you're a boxing fan. As for picking a winner, I’m going to side with Dulorme. He has a four inch reach advantage and is the more powerful boxer between the two. Dulorme also should be tighter with his punches since joining TMT and sparring with Floyd Mayweather.

This is going to be a fun fight and could go either way desping on who lands more power shots, but i give the edge to Dulorme.

 

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Wed, 24 May 2017 17:33:33 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=86142
<![CDATA[Emanuele Blandamura vs. Alessandro Goddi Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/17/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/06/17/emanuele-blandamura-vs-alessandro-goddi-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Emanuele Blandamura and Alessandro Goddi fight Saturday at the Saint-Vincent Resort & Casino for the EBU middleweight title.

Emanuele Blandamura enters this fight with a 26-2 record that includes five knockouts. Blandamura has won six of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a December win over Matteo Signani. Blandamura is still getting the job done despite turning 38 years old in December, and he’ll be defending his belt for the first time. Blandamura is a 5’10” boxer with an orthodox stance and likes to breakdown his opponent with accurate…

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Emanuele Blandamura and Alessandro Goddi fight Saturday at the Saint-Vincent Resort & Casino for the EBU middleweight title.

Emanuele Blandamura enters this fight with a 26-2 record that includes five knockouts. Blandamura has won six of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a December win over Matteo Signani. Blandamura is still getting the job done despite turning 38 years old in December, and he’ll be defending his belt for the first time. Blandamura is a 5’10” boxer with an orthodox stance and likes to breakdown his opponent with accurate punches and good defense. Blandamura wants to use his jab, follow it up with a strong right hand and quickly get out before a counter. Blandamura doesn't have a ton of power and actually hasn't produced a knockout since his 2013 win over Zoltan Surman. The concern is Blandamura does have a questionable chin, as he's been knocked out in both of his losses. Blandamura has fought most of his career in Italy, his birthplace.  

Alessandro Goddi enters this fight with a 30-1-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Guerfi has won his last 18 fights, and he’s coming off a March win over Roland Oroszlan. Goddi hasn't lost since his 2013 bout against Alessio Furlan, and he's fighting for the eighth time since 2016. Goddi is a 29-year-old boxer who stands at 5’10”, has an orthodox stance and has a shot to add to his International Silver middleweight title. Goddi is a boxer who likes to dictate the pace, as he's usually the aggressor and throws a variety of punches that include a strong right uppercut. Goddi has won six of his last nine fights by knockout and has injured a lot of his opponents during those stoppages. Goddi has fought his whole career in Italy, his birthplace.  

This is a solid boxing match between arguably the top two middleweights from Italy fighting with a title on the line. Blandamura is probably the better boxer overall with the way he breaks down his opponent and is solid defensively. However, Goddi has the clear advantage in punching power, has been far more consistent throughout his career and is boxing somebody who has already been knocked out twice. If Goddi lands one of those power shots, he could end things and become the new champion.

In a toss-up fight, I like Goddi to take the belt.

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Wed, 24 May 2017 16:14:54 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=86139
<![CDATA[Christopher Diaz vs. Carlos Ruiz Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/23/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/06/23/christopher-diaz-vs-carlos-ruiz-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Christopher Diaz and Carlos Ruiz fight Friday at The Plaza Live on UniMas.

Christopher Diaz enters this fight with a 21-0 record that includes 13 knockouts. This will be Diaz’s eighth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Jose Estrella. Diaz is a 22-year-old Puerto Rican, who is flying up the division rankings and is fighting for the third time already this year. Diaz stands at 5’6”, has a 64 inch reach and fights out of an orthodox stance. Diaz is an aggressive boxer who throws powerful combinations, has an extremely powerful right…

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Christopher Diaz and Carlos Ruiz fight Friday at The Plaza Live on UniMas.

Christopher Diaz enters this fight with a 21-0 record that includes 13 knockouts. This will be Diaz’s eighth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a April win over Jose Estrella. Diaz is a 22-year-old Puerto Rican, who is flying up the division rankings and is fighting for the third time already this year. Diaz stands at 5’6”, has a 64 inch reach and fights out of an orthodox stance. Diaz is an aggressive boxer who throws powerful combinations, has an extremely powerful right hand and is dangerous on counters. Diaz has one punch knockout power and has won his last two bouts by easy stoppage. Diaz’s best victory yet came against Fernando Vargas back in November. This will be Diaz’s eighth fight in Florida.

Carlos Ruiz enters this fight with a 15-3-1 record that includes five knockouts. Ruiz has split his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a December loss to Deiner Berrio. Ruiz has been hit or miss his last few fights but has a chance at his biggest victory yet to take his career to the next level. Ruiz is a 23-year-old boxer from Mexico and fights out of an orthodox stance. There’s very limited film available on him due to a lack of notable fights, but he does have a win over Raul Horacio Centeno, who is one of the better lightweight boxers from Argentina. Ruiz has never been knocked out in his career and has some quick head movement, as he gets in and out nicely. That will be key to pulling off a big upset. This will be Ruiz’s first fight in the United States.

This will be one of Diaz’s tougher challenges yet as he works his way up the ladder, but it's one he should pass. Ruiz doesn't have the punching power to threaten Diaz and has lost to boxers far less talented. However, Ruiz does have a nice chin and is experienced. Diaz is a star in the making, as he has all the offensive tools to excite boxing fans and headline cards as early as next year, which is why he's taking on such a big workload to build his name. Diaz is a boxer to keep a close eye on because he has all the tools to become a household name quickly. I’d watch this fight if I were you just to get an idea of what I’m talking about.

Anyway, Diaz wins this fight and remains unbeaten.

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Wed, 24 May 2017 04:18:01 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=86127
<![CDATA[Karim Guerfi vs. Stephane Jamoye Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/17/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/06/17/karim-guerfi-vs-stephane-jamoye-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Karim Guerfi and Stephane Jamoye fight Saturday in Paris for the EBU bantamweight title.  

Karim Guerfi enters this fight with a 25-3 record that includes seven knockouts. Guerfi has won his last five fights, and he’s coming off an October win over Alexander Cazares. Guerfi has been on a roll since his 2014 loss to Zhanat Zhakiyanov and will defend his belt for the first time. Guerfi is a 30-year-old boxer who stands at 5’6” and has a 64 inch reach. Guerfi doesn’t pack much punching power, but he's extremely active with his hands and lands tons…

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Karim Guerfi and Stephane Jamoye fight Saturday in Paris for the EBU bantamweight title.  

Karim Guerfi enters this fight with a 25-3 record that includes seven knockouts. Guerfi has won his last five fights, and he’s coming off an October win over Alexander Cazares. Guerfi has been on a roll since his 2014 loss to Zhanat Zhakiyanov and will defend his belt for the first time. Guerfi is a 30-year-old boxer who stands at 5’6” and has a 64 inch reach. Guerfi doesn’t pack much punching power, but he's extremely active with his hands and lands tons of counters due to his quickness. Guerfi has more than proven himself his last few fights and has a chance to put himself in the thick of the best fighters in this division if he stays on this path. The downside with Guerfi is that he does get hit alot and was knocked out in his last loss. Guerfi has fought much of his career in France, his residence.

Stephane Jamoye enters this fight with a 32-7 record that includes 17 knockouts. Jamoye has won six of his last seven fights, and he’s coming off a May win over Zsolt Sarkozi. Jamoye has won four straight fights since his 2015 loss to Ryan Farrag and has a quick turnaround after boxing just one round one moth ago. Jamoye is a 27-year-old boxer from Belgium who stands in at 5’6” and has a 67 inch reach. Jamoye is a pressure fighter who is always coming forward and throws a ton of punches over the course of a fight. You have to really beat Jamoye to beat him, as he's going to let his hands go and let the chips fall where they may. The downside is Jamoye does have questionable cardio and has been knocked out in four of his seven losses. This will be Jamoye’s first fight in France.  

This is going to be a fun fight between two boxers who don't short change the fans, as they have high work rates and are always looking to be the aggressor. Whoever has more energy in the later rounds after throwing tons of punches ealy will likely take this victory. Of course, Guerfi beat Jamoye back in 2013 by majority decision, a fight that took place in Belgium. And while Jamoye has the power advantage, I have to side with Guerfi to win this fight as well. Guerfi is just the better boxer overall with quicker hands and more accuracy to his shots. Jamoye can be a bit wild and has trouble pacing himself, which leads to him tiring out in later rounds. Guerfi has to like his chances to build on his winning streak.

Guerfi should have a successful title defense.

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Mon, 22 May 2017 01:30:02 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85977
<![CDATA[Tyron Zeuge vs. Paul Smith Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/17/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/06/17/tyron-zeuge-vs-paul-smith-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Tyron Zeuge and Paul Smith fight Saturday in Wetzlar for the WBA World super middleweight title.

Tyron Zeuge enters this fight with a 20-0-1 record that includes 11 knockouts. Zeuge has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a March win over Isaac Ekpo. Zeuge will defend his belt for the second time this year and looks for his third victory since November. Zeuge continues to work his way up as one of the top super middleweights in the world at just 25 years old and is quickly improving his resume with better competition. Of course,…

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Tyron Zeuge and Paul Smith fight Saturday in Wetzlar for the WBA World super middleweight title.

Tyron Zeuge enters this fight with a 20-0-1 record that includes 11 knockouts. Zeuge has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a March win over Isaac Ekpo. Zeuge will defend his belt for the second time this year and looks for his third victory since November. Zeuge continues to work his way up as one of the top super middleweights in the world at just 25 years old and is quickly improving his resume with better competition. Of course, Zeuge is a 5’10” boxer who defends well, has a high boxing IQ and is really accurate with his counter punching. Zeuge isn't exactly known as a knockout artist, but he has stopped six of his last eight opponents. Zeuge has fought his whole career in Germany, his birthplace.

Paul Smith enters this fight with a 38-6 record that includes 22 knockouts. Smith has split his last six fights, and he’s coming off a September win over Daniel Regi. Smith gets another shot at a title, as he's 1-4 in his last title shots overall. Smith has looked sharp in his last three fights since his loss to Andre Ward and has just 11 rounds under his belt since May of last year. Smith is 5’11” with a 72 inch reach and works his jab well. Smith has a very strong right hand and has stopped seven of his last nine opponents. Of course, the concern with Smith is a questionable chin with three of his six losses coming by knockout. This will be Smith’s third fight in Germany.

Smith is a decent boxer who has punching power and has been in the ring with some of the biggest name in the division, so he's not going to be intimated by the bright lights and the magnitude of this opportunity. However, Smith is not on Zeuge’s level and is going to struggle outboxing the German. We’ve seen Smith try to beat Arthur Abraham twice in Germany and it didn't work out, and the same can be said for Ward in the United States. Smith is probably in that third tier when it comes to the super middleweight division, while Zeuge is on the cusp being one of the top fighters in this weight class.

Zeuge should win this fight without major issues and keep his belt.

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Sun, 21 May 2017 18:48:51 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85950
<![CDATA[Pablo Cesar Cano vs. Fidel Maldonado Jr. Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/17/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/06/17/pablo-cesar-cano-vs-fidel-maldonado-jr-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Pablo Cesar Cano and Fidel Maldonado Jr. fight Saturday at the Tostitos Championship Plaza for the WBC FECARBOX super lightweight title on ESPN2.

Pablo Cesar Cano enters this fight with a 30-5-1 record that includes 21 knockouts. Cano has split his last 10 fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Mauricio Herrera. Cano has been hit or miss over the years, but he does have a chance to earn one of his better wins of his career here. Cano is a 27-year-old Mexican boxer who stands at 5’9”, has a 70 inch reach and looks for back-to-back wins for…

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Pablo Cesar Cano and Fidel Maldonado Jr. fight Saturday at the Tostitos Championship Plaza for the WBC FECARBOX super lightweight title on ESPN2.

Pablo Cesar Cano enters this fight with a 30-5-1 record that includes 21 knockouts. Cano has split his last 10 fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Mauricio Herrera. Cano has been hit or miss over the years, but he does have a chance to earn one of his better wins of his career here. Cano is a 27-year-old Mexican boxer who stands at 5’9”, has a 70 inch reach and looks for back-to-back wins for the first time since 2012. Cano is a big welterweight and is able to use his size and power to break down his opponent. Cano is known for his hard hitting and likes to work the body, and he's stopped six of his last nine opponents. Cano is also highly battle tested with bouts against Shane Mosley and Paul Malignaggi. This will be Cano’s first fight in Texas.

Fidel Maldonado Jr. enters this fight with a 23-3-1 record that includes 19 knockouts. Maldonado has won four of his last five fights, and he’s coming off a April win over Mohamed Rodriguez. Maldonado enters this bout on quite a roll and has a chance to take his career to the next level. Maldonado is a 25-year-old southpaw from New Mexico who stands at 5’7” and has a 69 inch reach. Maldonado is also known for his power shots and has won eight of his last nine fights by stoppage. Maldonado is a brawler who has no problem trading power shots, but he does have a questionable chin, as we saw against Amir Imam, and he's been knocked out twice in his three losses. Maldonado’s best victory was probably in 2013 against Luis Ramos Jr. This will be Maldonado’s fifth fight in Texas.

This should be a fun fight between two young boxers who have the ability to shoot up the rankings and start competing for bigger cards and possibly a world title at some point. It’s also in a cool venue, as the Dallas Cowboys practice facility isn't used to seeing boxing. As for a pick, I have to side with Cano. He's the bigger fighter and has been far and away more battle tested. I also question Maldonado’s decision making at times and his jaw has a weak reputation. If this ends up being a battle between two hard hitters trading power shots, Cano should have the advantage.

I like Cano to be on the winning side here.

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Sun, 21 May 2017 17:23:41 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85932
<![CDATA[Mike Gavronski vs. Quinton Rankin Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/3/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/06/03/mike-gavronski-vs-quinton-rankin-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Mike Gavronski and Quinton Rankin fight Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino.

Mike Gavronski enters this fight with a 22-2-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Gavronski has won eight of his last nine fights and is coming off a November win over Thomas Awimbono. Gavronski has looked sharp in his last two fights since his loss to Dashon Johnson and hopes to keep the momentum going. Gavronski stands at 6’0”, has a reach of 71 inches and has a brawler feel to him, as he stays busy and likes to work combinations to the body. Gavronski has no problem…

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Mike Gavronski and Quinton Rankin fight Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino.

Mike Gavronski enters this fight with a 22-2-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Gavronski has won eight of his last nine fights and is coming off a November win over Thomas Awimbono. Gavronski has looked sharp in his last two fights since his loss to Dashon Johnson and hopes to keep the momentum going. Gavronski stands at 6’0”, has a reach of 71 inches and has a brawler feel to him, as he stays busy and likes to work combinations to the body. Gavronski has no problem trading punches and has shown he has a respectable chin despite one of his losses coming by knockout. The concern with Gavronski is that he's lost two of his three biggest fights, as his recent win over Jake Carr is his most impressive victory. Gavronski has fought most of his career in Washington, his residence.

Quinton Rankin enters this fight with a 12-3-2 record that includes nine knockouts. Rankin has split his last eight fights and is coming off a March draw to Todd Unthank May. Rankin has had a couple of draws in his last few fights, but his only recent loss was to Medzhid Bektemirov in 2016. Rankin is a southpaw from North Carolina who stands at 6’0” and is probably a few nice victories away from being a top-25 light heavyweight in the United States. Rankin has won six of his last eight fights by knockout and has decent head movement in the limited videos that are available on Youtube. However, this is Rankin’s easily toughest test of his career and is a long way from home for the 30-year-old. This will be Rankin’s first fight in Washington.

This is going to be a nice test for Gavronski, who is moving up to the light heavyweight division for the first time after building momentum with his two best victories yet. Rankin has a decent skillset and has clear punching power, but I have to question his resume, as majority of his opponents are guys with losing records or just starting out their careers. Rankin has also had the privilege of fighting much of his career in North Carolina. This is a long way from home where Gavronski will be a heavy crowd favorite. Gavronski is the more proven boxer, has home advantage and is better skilled.

Gavronski should win this fight and build even more confidence heading into possibly bigger cards.

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Sat, 20 May 2017 18:33:11 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85881
<![CDATA[Olanrewaju Durodola vs. Dmitry Kudryashov Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/3/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/06/03/olanrewaju-durodola-vs-dmitry-kudryashov-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Olanrewaju Durodola and Dmitry Kudryashov fight Saturday at the Sports Palace for the WBC Silver cruiserweight title.

Olanrewaju Durodola enters this fight with a 25-3 record that includes 23 knockouts. Durodola has won eight of his last nine fights, and he’s coming off a March win over Mussa Ajibu. Durodola is still getting the job done despite turning 37 years old later in the years, and he's bounced back nicely with three straight wins since his loss to Mairis Briedis. Durodola is fighting for the third time since December and has not seen a…

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Olanrewaju Durodola and Dmitry Kudryashov fight Saturday at the Sports Palace for the WBC Silver cruiserweight title.

Olanrewaju Durodola enters this fight with a 25-3 record that includes 23 knockouts. Durodola has won eight of his last nine fights, and he’s coming off a March win over Mussa Ajibu. Durodola is still getting the job done despite turning 37 years old later in the years, and he's bounced back nicely with three straight wins since his loss to Mairis Briedis. Durodola is fighting for the third time since December and has not seen a decision victory since his 2012 bout against Lance Gauch. Durodola is 6’2”, has a 77 inch reach, power in both hands and loves to throw powerful combinations that eventually wear down his opponent. Durodola’s last six victories have ended in the fifth round or earlier. This will be Durodola’s second fight in Russia.

Dmitry Kudryashov enters this fight with a 20-1 record that includes 20 knockouts. Kudryashov has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a December win over Santander Silgado. Kudryashov has made quick work since his knockout loss to Durodola, winning his last two bouts in the fourth round or earlier. All 20 of Kudryashov’s victories have come by knockout, as he has a 75 inch reach, devastating punching power and loves to jump on his opponents early. The latest Kudryashov has boxed in a victory was the seventh round, which came against Ivica Bacurin in 2014. Kudryashov has terrific offensive skills, but his lack of defense and poor chin was exposed in the first meeting between these two. Kudryashov has fought his whole career in Russia, his birthplace.

We have two powerful boxers who are used to winning quickly and going about their day, and when you mix in that much power, anything can happen. Kudryashov should be more prepared for Durodola this time around, as he looked overwhelmed in the first meeting and didn't know how to respond to a guy who was beating his brains in. However, I didn't see anything from Kudryashov in that fight that gives me confidence he can bounce back. Durodola is easily the best boxer Kudryashov has faced and has a two inch reach advantage. While beating a guy twice on his home soil isn't easy, I have to side with Durodola.

Durodola wins this fight again.

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Sat, 20 May 2017 17:32:50 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85875
<![CDATA[Lenroy Thomas vs. David Allen Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/27/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/05/27/lenroy-thomas-vs-david-allen-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Lenroy Thomas and David Allen fight Saturday at the Bramall Lane for the Commonwealth heavyweight title.

Lenroy Thomas enters this fight with a 20-4 record that includes 10 knockouts. Thomas has won four of his last five fights and is coming off a August win over Grover Young. Thomas is a 32-year-old boxer from Jamaica who stands in at 6’2”, has a 79 inch reach and this will be his first shot at a title in his career. Thomas is a southpaw and has a respectable jab that can win him rounds and has decent hand speed for a guy his size. Thomas has some…

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Lenroy Thomas and David Allen fight Saturday at the Bramall Lane for the Commonwealth heavyweight title.

Lenroy Thomas enters this fight with a 20-4 record that includes 10 knockouts. Thomas has won four of his last five fights and is coming off a August win over Grover Young. Thomas is a 32-year-old boxer from Jamaica who stands in at 6’2”, has a 79 inch reach and this will be his first shot at a title in his career. Thomas is a southpaw and has a respectable jab that can win him rounds and has decent hand speed for a guy his size. Thomas has some power in his punches, but six of his last eight victories have come by decision. Thomas has been in the ring with decent competition, but his best victory probably came against Jason Estrada. The concern with Thomas is his questionable ability to take a punch, as three of his four losses have come by knockout. This will be Thomas’ first fight outside of the United States.

David Allen enters this fight with a 11-2-1 record that includes eight knockouts. Allen has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a March win over David Howe. Allen looks for his biggest victory of his career and this will be his second title shot after losing to Dillian Whyte for the WBC International heavyweight title. Allen is a 25-year-old boxer who stands at 6’3” and fights with an orthodox style. Allen has clear punching power and is effective on counters, but he's still looking for that marquee victory to put himself in the thick of the loaded UK heavyweight boxing scene. A victory here would certainly open more doors for White Rhino, as he climbs the rankings. Allen has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

I have a hard time taking heavyweight boxers seriously who have a weak chin, and that’s the category Thomas falls in. You also have to consider Thomas has zero notable wins under his belt and hasn't even fought that many talented boxers overall, and he's never left the comfort of the United States. All this is foreign territory for Thomas. Meanwhile, Allen has at least been in the ring with Dillian Whyte and Luis Ortiz and gained experience against great competition that will help him in fights like this given the downgrade. Allen just has to do a better job of letting his hands go, as he can be a little too conservative and let his opponent dictate the fight. If Allen jumps on Thomas early and gets the crowd into it, he should win this fight.

I like Allen to get the belt here.

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Wed, 17 May 2017 03:30:45 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=85629
<![CDATA[Orlando Salido vs. Amphon Suriyo Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/27/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/05/27/orlando-salido-vs-amphon-suriyo-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Orlando Salido and Amphon Suriyo fight Saturday in Ciudad Obregon.

Orlando Salido enters this fight with a 43-13-4 record that includes 30 knockouts. Salido has split his last six fights and is coming off a June draw against Francisco Vargas. Salido is still rolling at 36 years old and looks for his first victory since his 2014 bout against Terdsak Kokietgym. Salido has been given back-to-back draws and hasn't fought since last June in what many consider to be the best fight of 2016. Either way, Salido is one of the toughest boxers in the sport,…

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Orlando Salido and Amphon Suriyo fight Saturday in Ciudad Obregon.

Orlando Salido enters this fight with a 43-13-4 record that includes 30 knockouts. Salido has split his last six fights and is coming off a June draw against Francisco Vargas. Salido is still rolling at 36 years old and looks for his first victory since his 2014 bout against Terdsak Kokietgym. Salido has been given back-to-back draws and hasn't fought since last June in what many consider to be the best fight of 2016. Either way, Salido is one of the toughest boxers in the sport, as he's comfortable standing in the middle of the ring and trading punches. Despite being knocked out five times, Salido has a proven chin and usually gets the better of powerful exchanges. Salido stands at 5’6” with a 67 inch reach and comes to fight, so his opponent better match that intensity. Salido has fought a lot of his career in Mexico, his birthplace.  

Amphon Suriyo enters this fight with a 18-2 record that includes 14 knockouts. Suriyo has split his last four fights and is coming off an October loss to Brandon Ogilvie. Suriyo has lost two of his last three bouts but has a chance to take his career to the next level by shocking the world with a victory here. Suriyo is a 29-year-old boxer who stands at 5’7” and has an orthodox stance. There’s not a lot of film available on Suriyo, and that's simply because he hasn't fought anybody that notable besides Ogilvie and Billy Dib, both fights he's lost. Suriyo has spent much of his career beating up on subpar fighters and a handful of his opponents were making their pro debuts against him. This is easily the toughest fight of Suriyo’s career and it's not even close. This will be Suriyo’s third fight outside of his home of Thailand.

While I don’t know much about Suriyo, I do know he hasn't beaten anybody respectable and the two guys he has fought, he lost by knockout and unanimous decision. Salido may be getting up there in age, but he's still a pitbull in the ring, the more talented fighter and has proven himself as a two-time champion. Not to mention this fight is in Mexico where Salido will be an insane crowd favorite, and he's fighting for a chance to get that rematch against Lomachenko. This is simply a stay busy fight to pass the time.

Salido wins this bout and looks forward to the big rematch towards the end of the year.

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