<![CDATA[Boxing RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Dereck Chisora vs. Robert Helenius Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/27/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/05/27/dereck-chisora-vs-robert-helenius-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Dereck Chisora and Robert Helenius fight Saturday at the Hartwall Arena for the WBC Silver heavyweight title.

Dereck Chisora enters this fight with a 26-7 record that includes 18 knockouts. Chisora has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a December loss to Dillian Whyte. Chisora has a chance to redeem himself in this rematch after losing two very tight fights in his last three bouts. Chisora stands in at 6’1” with a 74 inch reach and is a tough boxer who is always coming forward and looking for offense. His head movement isn’t great…

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Dereck Chisora and Robert Helenius fight Saturday at the Hartwall Arena for the WBC Silver heavyweight title.

Dereck Chisora enters this fight with a 26-7 record that includes 18 knockouts. Chisora has won six of his last eight fights and is coming off a December loss to Dillian Whyte. Chisora has a chance to redeem himself in this rematch after losing two very tight fights in his last three bouts. Chisora stands in at 6’1” with a 74 inch reach and is a tough boxer who is always coming forward and looking for offense. His head movement isn’t great and he eats a lot of punches, but Chisora has been knocked out just twice in seven losses and went 12 rounds with Vitali Klitschko. Chisora has a strong right hand, is a solid counter puncher and has won his last four fights by knockout. This will be Chisora’s second fight in Finland.

Robert Helenius enters this fight with a 24-1 record that includes 15 knockouts. Helenius has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a December win over Gonzalo Omar Basile. Helenius has bounced back nicely from his loss to Johann Duhaupas and has a shot at the WBC Silver heavyweight title for the second time in four fights. Helenius is a massive heavyweight at 6’6” with a 79 inch reach and is able to use that size to make his opponent uncomfortable and create angles against smaller boxers. Helenius moves well for a guy his size and has far more punching power than his 60 percent knockout percentage would indicate. Helenius is a lot to deal with because of his frame and four of his last five victories have come by stoppage. This will be Helenius’ 12th fight in Finland, his residence.

Not only is this a rematch from the 2011 meeting when Helenius won by split decision, but there’s a date with Deontay Wilder on the line for the WBC world heavyweight title. This fight instantly becomes a must watch despite it being on the same day as Kell Brook and Errol Spence. As for picking a winner, I have to side with Helenius again, as he has a five inch height advantage as well as a five inch reach advantage. That’s massive and makes life difficult for a guy like Chisora who is always looking to come forward and doesn't mind trading punches. Chisora will put up a fight and is tough to stop, but Helenius’ frame is the deciding factor for me, as there's more he can do in the ring against the smaller Chisora. Not to mention Helenius will also be the crowd favorite with this fight in Finland.

I like Helenius to get his second win over Chisora and become the WBC Silver heavyweight champion.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83788
<![CDATA[Luke Campbell vs. Darleys Perez Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/29/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/04/29/luke-campbell-vs-darleys-perez-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Luke Campbell and Darleys Perez fight Saturday at the Wembley Stadium for the WBC Silver Lightweight title.

Luke Campbell enters this fight with a 16-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Campbell has won 10 of his last 11 fights and is coming off a February win over Jairo Lopez. Campbell has looked sharp ever since losing a controversial decision to Yvan Mendy and will be fighting for the second time in two months. Campbell is a southpaw who stands in at 5’9” with a 71 inch reach and hs power in both hands that have produced knockouts in nine of…

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Luke Campbell and Darleys Perez fight Saturday at the Wembley Stadium for the WBC Silver Lightweight title.

Luke Campbell enters this fight with a 16-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Campbell has won 10 of his last 11 fights and is coming off a February win over Jairo Lopez. Campbell has looked sharp ever since losing a controversial decision to Yvan Mendy and will be fighting for the second time in two months. Campbell is a southpaw who stands in at 5’9” with a 71 inch reach and hs power in both hands that have produced knockouts in nine of his last 10 victories. Argenis Mendez is the only recent boxer to lose to Campbell in a decision. Campbell also has the boxing IQ and movement to go along with that reach and punching power that makes him arguably the best lightweight in the UK. Campbell has fought most of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Darleys Perez enters this fight with a 33-2-2 record that includes 21 knockouts. Perez has won 10 of his last 14 fights and is coming off a November draw to Maurice Hooker. Perez has been hit or miss in his last few fights with a couple of draws and a knockout loss to Anthony Crolla. However, Perez is an experienced 33-year-old boxer from Colombia, who was a lightweight champion and does have a respectable win over Jonathan Maicelo. Perez stands in at 5’7”, has a 70 inch reach and has won six of his last eight victories by decision. Perez is a very effective counter with quick hands and has proven over the years he’s capable of taking a pounding and still stand in there. This will be Perez’s third fight in the United Kingdom.

This is no cakewalk of a fight for Campbell despite what the odds say, as Perez is a proven boxer with toughness, quickness and you can expect the best from both fighters with a date with Jorge Linares on the line for the winner. Perez is an accomplished boxer and has been in this position before after giving Argenis Lopez his first loss in the Dominican Republic and giving Crolla a run for his money at the Manchester Arena. Perez won’t be intimidated and will put up a fight despite the entire building being against him here. However, Campbell should win this fight at the end of the day. Campbell is the bigger fighter, packs far more punching power and is simply far more skilled and polished as a boxer. Also, if Perez was knocked out by Crolla, Campbell has to feel confident he can force a stoppage as well.

I like Campbell to get his fight with Linares.

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:22:48 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83626
<![CDATA[Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/27/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/05/27/kell-brook-vs-errol-spence-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Kell Brook and Errol Spence fight Saturday at the Bramall Lane for the IBF World welterweight title.

Kell Brook enters this fight with a 36-1 record that includes 25 knockouts. Brook has won 10 of his last 11 fights and is coming off a September loss to Gennady Golovkin. Brook needs a victory here to redeem himself after getting knocked out in his last bout and suffering his first career loss. Brook stands in at 5’9” and has a 69 inch reach, and he relies on athleticism and a high boxing IQ. Brook isn’t exactly a knockout artist, but he delivers…

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Kell Brook and Errol Spence fight Saturday at the Bramall Lane for the IBF World welterweight title.

Kell Brook enters this fight with a 36-1 record that includes 25 knockouts. Brook has won 10 of his last 11 fights and is coming off a September loss to Gennady Golovkin. Brook needs a victory here to redeem himself after getting knocked out in his last bout and suffering his first career loss. Brook stands in at 5’9” and has a 69 inch reach, and he relies on athleticism and a high boxing IQ. Brook isn’t exactly a knockout artist, but he delivers accurate punches and is a successful counter puncher. Brook can comfortably fight inside or outside and that makes it difficult for his opponent to get comfortable and find a rhythm. Brook has fought most of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.  

Errol Spence enters this fight with a 21-0 record that includes 18 knockouts. This will be Spence’s third fight since 2016 and is coming off a August win over Leonard Bundu. Spence is quickly becoming one of the top welterweights in the world at just 27 years old and this will be his first title shot. Spence stands in at 5’9” with a 72 inch reach and fights out of the southpaw stance, and he has power in both hands that have produced stoppages in each of his last eight fights. Spence has a high boxing IQ and isn’t a wild free swinger you sometimes see with elite power punches, and he’s very polished on the defensive end as well. A victory here and Spence is thrown into the convo with Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and Amir Khan as the best in the division. This will be Spence’s first time fighting in the United Kingdom.

This will be the biggest test for Spence yet given that it’s on Brooks soil and he’ll be motivated to bounce back after his result against Golovkin. However, Spence is just in terrific form right now and is the better pure boxer overall. Spence has a three inch reach advantage over Brook and has a massive power advantage as well. After all, Spence stopped Chris Algieri rather easily, the same guy who gave Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao a run for their money. Spence is just a tough, physical boxer who has a pitbull mentality in the ring and won’t be intimidated by his opponent being the crowd favorite.

Spence is on a mission right now to take that next step in his career, and based on what he's shown us in his last few nights, there’s no reason to bet against him here.

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:10:03 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83467
<![CDATA[Christopher Diaz vs. Sergio Lopez Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/21/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/04/21/christopher-diaz-vs-sergio-lopez-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Christopher Diaz and Sergio Lopez fight Friday at the Osceola Heritage Park.

Christopher Diaz enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Diaz’s seventh fight since 2016 and is coming off a February win over Efrain Esquivias. Diaz is taking on a heavy workload at 22 years old to climb the super featherweight division, and he’s quickly becoming one of the more promising young boxers from Puerto Rico. Diaz stands in at 5’6” with a 64 inch reach and spends a lot of time throwing combinations and displaying power in…

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Christopher Diaz and Sergio Lopez fight Friday at the Osceola Heritage Park.

Christopher Diaz enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Diaz’s seventh fight since 2016 and is coming off a February win over Efrain Esquivias. Diaz is taking on a heavy workload at 22 years old to climb the super featherweight division, and he’s quickly becoming one of the more promising young boxers from Puerto Rico. Diaz stands in at 5’6” with a 64 inch reach and spends a lot of time throwing combinations and displaying power in both hands. Diaz has won six of his last nine fights by knockout and it has a lot to do with him connecting on wild, hard punches to the head and body. Pitufo is certainly a name to keep an eye on as he builds his resume and improves his skillset. This will be Diaz’s seventh fight in Florida.

Sergio Lopez enters this fight with a 21-12-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Lopez has split his last 12 fights and is coming off a December loss to Abraham Lopez. Lopez has a chance to turn his career around with a victory here, as a he’s a 31-year-old boxer from Mexico who enters this bout in terrible form and doesn’t have any notable victories on his resume. Sure, Lopez has been in the ring with Alejandro Luna and Joet Gonzalez, but he was on the losing side in both. Lopez also has a weak chin with seven of his 12 career losses coming by knockout. I guess the strengths for Lopez is that he is a big featherweight at 5’8” and five of his last seven victories have come by knockout, so there is possibility of an upset if he can connect cleanly. This will be Lopez’s first fight in Florida.

This is a stay busy fight for the young Diaz who seems to be willing to fight anybody to continue climbing the rankings and prove himself. Lopez has shown nothing in his career that convinces anybody he can hang with above-average boxers, and he has a chin made of glass. Lopez has made a career of beating up on tomato cans in his comfort zone of Mexico, and you could make a strong case Diaz will be the most talented boxer he’s faced yet. Lopez has nothing for the aggressive and powerful Diaz.

There's nothing to see here, Diaz wins this fight by knockout.

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Sun, 16 Apr 2017 12:28:43 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83302
<![CDATA[Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/20/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/05/20/terence-crawford-vs-felix-diaz-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Terence Crawford and Felix Diaz fight Saturday at Madison Square Garden for the WBC World super lightweight title.

Terence Crawford enters this fight with a 30-0 record that includes 21 knockouts. This will be Crawford’s fourth fight since 2016 and is coming off a December win over John Molina Jr. Crawford will be defending a belt for the seventh time in his career and continues to prove he’s arguably the best pound for pound boxer in the United States. Crawford is a balanced boxer who can outbox his opponent with high IQ and patience or use his…

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Terence Crawford and Felix Diaz fight Saturday at Madison Square Garden for the WBC World super lightweight title.

Terence Crawford enters this fight with a 30-0 record that includes 21 knockouts. This will be Crawford’s fourth fight since 2016 and is coming off a December win over John Molina Jr. Crawford will be defending a belt for the seventh time in his career and continues to prove he’s arguably the best pound for pound boxer in the United States. Crawford is a balanced boxer who can outbox his opponent with high IQ and patience or use his punching power to end a fight. Crawford has won five of his last seven fights by knockout and that includes being the only boxer to knock out Dierry Jean. a victory here may give boxing fans that Crawford and Manny Pacquiao bout everybody has been waiting to see. This will be Crawford’s second fight in New York.

Felix Diaz enters this fight with a 19-1 record that includes nine knockouts. Diaz has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a December win over Levis Morales. Diaz gets the biggest fight of his career and deserves it after his recent performance and victory over Sammy Vasquez. Diaz is a 5’5” southpaw from the Dominican Republic with a 67 inch reach and enters the ring with great confidence and is known to showboat from time to time. Diaz doesn’t pack of ton of punching power, but he’s usually the aggressor in the ring and is going to try and outwork his opponent with heavy combinations. Diaz has a brawler feel to his style where he can be a bit wild at times. Diaz also has a strong chin with his only loss coming by majority decision against Lamont Peterson. This will be Diaz’s first fight in New York.

The odds for this fight are inflated simply because of the name of Crawford. Diaz is a respectable opponent who went from being a gold medalist to beating some quality pro boxers without any major hiccups. Diaz has the athleticism and the constant workrate to give Crawford a run for his money and possibly, possibly pull off the upset. If you’re betting this fight, Diaz is worth a serious look to put a few dollars on. However, if we’re picking the fight and saying who should win, Crawford should remain undefeated. Crawford is the smarter boxer and will be able to take advantage of Diaz’s wildness. Crawford also has a major advantage in punching power, and Diaz hasn’t faced anyone as balanced or powerful as him if we’re being honest.

I like Crawford, but these odds don’t indicate it will be closer than some think.

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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:12:29 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83140
<![CDATA[Gervonta Davis vs. Liam Walsh Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/20/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/05/20/gervonta-davis-vs-liam-walsh-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Gervonta Davis and Liam Walsh fight Saturday at the Copper Box Arena for the IBF World super featherweight title.

Gervonta Davis enters this fight with a 17-0 record that includes 16 knockouts. This will be Davis’ fourth fight since 2016 and is coming off a January win over Jose Pedraza. Davis is coming off the best win of his career in which he was a +150 underdog, and he’ll be defending his belt for the first time. Davis is quickly climbing the boxing rankings at just 22 years old and would really take his career to another level if he wins this…

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Gervonta Davis and Liam Walsh fight Saturday at the Copper Box Arena for the IBF World super featherweight title.

Gervonta Davis enters this fight with a 17-0 record that includes 16 knockouts. This will be Davis’ fourth fight since 2016 and is coming off a January win over Jose Pedraza. Davis is coming off the best win of his career in which he was a +150 underdog, and he’ll be defending his belt for the first time. Davis is quickly climbing the boxing rankings at just 22 years old and would really take his career to another level if he wins this fight on opponents soil. Davis has very heavy hands, a 69 inch reach and has won his last eight bouts by knockout. A few power shots from Davis will quickly change the whole outcome of the fight. Davis’ only decision in his career was his 2014 fight against German Meraz. This will be Davis’ first fight in the United Kingdom.

Liam Walsh enters this fight with a 21-0 record that includes 14 knockouts. This will be Walsh’s third fight since 2016 and is coming off an October win over Andrey Klimov. Walsh is coming off the best win of his career and will turn 31 years old two days before this fight takes place. Walsh is a 5’7” southpaw who has some pop behind his punches and does a nice job of mixing in combinations and working the body. Walsh is also a tough boxer who has been knocked down in his career but got up and found a way to win regardless. Walsh would establish himself as one of the best pound for pound boxers in the UK with a victory here. Walsh has fought his whole career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

There's a history of US boxers going overseas and the fights not ending well, so this is certainly a dangerous fight for the young Davis who will be out of his comfort zone for the first time. Walsh will have the whole building behind him and has boxed 86 more rounds than the 22-year-old. I guess there’s value with Walsh if you want to avoid the heavy juice. However, even with the trickiness of the travel and what not, Davis is head and shoulders the better boxer. Davis has Walsh beat in power, proven resume, speed and toughness. Davis checks all the boxes as one of the rising American stars in the sport, and he’s a hungry dude from Baltimore who isn't going be intimated by the bright lights of the UK. He’s shown in a limited sample size that he’s the real deal. Expect Davis to work the body early and Walsh to likely be knocked out in the mid rounds.

I like Davis to win this fight.

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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:04:27 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=83137
<![CDATA[Jose Argumedo vs. Gabriel Mendoza Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/13/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/05/13/jose-argumedo-vs-gabriel-mendoza-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Jose Argumedo and Gabriel Mendoza fight Saturday in Tepic for the IBF World minimumweight title.

Jose Argumedo enters this fight with a 19-3-1 record that includes 11 knockouts. Argumedo has won his last five fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Jose Antonio Jimenez. Argumedo has been on a roll since his 2015 loss to Carlos Velarde and is proving he's one of the top minimumweights in the world. Argumedo is 5’3” with a 64 inch reach and has quick hands, solid power for his frame and has a proven chin. Argumedo has never been knocked out…

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Jose Argumedo and Gabriel Mendoza fight Saturday in Tepic for the IBF World minimumweight title.

Jose Argumedo enters this fight with a 19-3-1 record that includes 11 knockouts. Argumedo has won his last five fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Jose Antonio Jimenez. Argumedo has been on a roll since his 2015 loss to Carlos Velarde and is proving he's one of the top minimumweights in the world. Argumedo is 5’3” with a 64 inch reach and has quick hands, solid power for his frame and has a proven chin. Argumedo has never been knocked out despite his three losses, and six of his last seven victories have come by stoppage. One can also argue Argumedo has never clearly lost a fight, as all of his losses have come by split or majority decision. Argumedo will be defending his bet for a third straight fight. Argumedo has fought much of his career in Mexico, his birthplace.

Gabriel Mendoza enters this fight with a 28-4-2 record that includes 23 knockouts. Mendoza has won his last six fights, and he’s coming off a December win over Victor Berrio. Mendoza is still pretty active for a guy who will soon be 38 years old, and he has a shot at his first belt since winning the WBA Fedelatin minimumweight title in 2012. Mendoza stands in at 5’3” and has some serious pop in that small frame with 10 of his last 12 victories coming by knockout. I haven’t been able to find any film on Mendoza, so I don’t know much about his boxing skills other than his knockout ratio. However, it’s important to mention Mendoza has spent much of his career beating up lousy boxers and has done so fighting in his comfort zone of Colombia. This will be Mendoza’s first fight in Mexico.

This seems like a stay busy fight for Argumedo, as the skill set and resumes simply don’t matchup well at all. Argumedo is one of the best boxers in this division in the world, while Mendoza is an aging boxer who has spent much of his career taking advantage of guys you’ve never heard of at all. The biggest names Mendoza has faced will probably be Alberto Rossel and Karluis Diaz, and neither of those guys are exactly world beaters if we’re being nice.

This will be a forgettable matchup and Argumedo will be on the winning side of it.

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Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:16:24 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=82879
<![CDATA[Josh Warrington vs. Kiko Martinez Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/13/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/05/13/josh-warrington-vs-kiko-martinez-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Josh Warrington and Kiko Martinez fight Saturday at the First Direct Arena for the WBC International featherweight title.

Josh Warrington enters this fight with a 24-0 record that includes five knockouts. This will be Warrington’s third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a July win over Patrick Hyland. Warrington will be defending his belt for the fourth straight fight and continues to prove he’s one of the top featherweights in the world at 26 years old. Warrington has very quick hands, is solid defensively and has great head movement. The obvious…

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Josh Warrington and Kiko Martinez fight Saturday at the First Direct Arena for the WBC International featherweight title.

Josh Warrington enters this fight with a 24-0 record that includes five knockouts. This will be Warrington’s third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a July win over Patrick Hyland. Warrington will be defending his belt for the fourth straight fight and continues to prove he’s one of the top featherweights in the world at 26 years old. Warrington has very quick hands, is solid defensively and has great head movement. The obvious concern with Warrington is his lack of punching power, forcing him to outbox his opponent for 12 rounds. Warrington hopes eventually to get a shot at Lee Selby if he can continue to win fights like this one. Warrington has fought most of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

Kiko Martinez enters this fight with a 36-7-1 record that includes 26 knockouts. Martinez has won 10 of his last 15 fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Leonel Hernandez. Martinez hopes to win his first title belt since winning the IBF super-bantamweight title in 2013 with a victory over Jonatan Romero. Martinez is an experienced fighter with 248 rounds under his belt, and he’s a pitbull in the ring who throws a high volume of punches and has great punching power. Martinez has won seven of his last nine bouts by knockout and that includes respectable names such as Hozumi Hasegawa and Jeffrey Mathebula. The downside is Martinez knows only one way to fight and that can lead to out of control boxing, something that smart boxers can take advantage of eventually. This will be Martinez’s seventh fight in the United Kingdom.

There’s serious value with Martinez in this bout considering he is a former champion and has boxed double the rounds the younger Warrington has at this point. Martinez also has a serious advantage in punching power, and everybody knows power is the main recipe for an upset considering you just need to land that one punch to tilt the scales. However, Warrington is the better boxer with a higher IQ, and he shouldn’t fall for the trap of getting into a street brawl. Warrington has also survived fights against powerful punchers such as Hisashi Amagasa and Joel Brunker, so this isn’t his first rodeo.

I like Warrington to remain undefeated.

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Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:45:38 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=82876
<![CDATA[Zolani Tete vs. Arthur Villanueva Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/22/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/04/22/zolani-tete-vs-arthur-villanueva-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Zolani Tete and Arthur Villanueva fight Saturday at the Leicester Arena in the WBO Bantamweight title final eliminator.

Zolani Tete enters this fight with a 24-3 record that includes 20 knockouts. Tete has won his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a June win over Victor Ruiz. Tete has been on a tear since his split decision loss to Roberto Domingo Sosa and is hungry prove he’s the best bantamweight in the world. Tete is a natural southpaw with a long reach of 72 inches and makes it very tough for his opponent to get comfortable. Tete does a…

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Zolani Tete and Arthur Villanueva fight Saturday at the Leicester Arena in the WBO Bantamweight title final eliminator.

Zolani Tete enters this fight with a 24-3 record that includes 20 knockouts. Tete has won his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a June win over Victor Ruiz. Tete has been on a tear since his split decision loss to Roberto Domingo Sosa and is hungry prove he’s the best bantamweight in the world. Tete is a natural southpaw with a long reach of 72 inches and makes it very tough for his opponent to get comfortable. Tete does a good job of picking his spots and waiting for counters, and he has extreme power with nine of his last 11 victories coming by knockout. Tete is a fun boxer to watch due to his stance and athleticism. Also, the only clear loss Tete has suffered was seven years ago against Moruti Mthalane when he was knocked out in the fifth round. This will be Tete’s fourth fight in the United Kingdom.

Arthur Villanueva enters this fight with a 30-1 record that includes 16 knockouts. Villanueva has won 10 of his last 11 fights, and he’s coming off a September win over Juan Jimenez. Villanueva is a 28-year-old boxer out of the Philippines, and his only loss was a controversial technical decision against McJoe Arroyo. Villanueva is a small boxer at 5’5” with a 69 inch reach, but he showed in his last fight that he doesn’t mind trading punches and there’s pop behind his small frame if he’s able to land cleanly. Villanueva has good head movement and a strong right hand that’s helped produce knockouts in four of his last eight victories. This is a chance for Villanueva to put himself on the map and open doors to bigger fights. This will be Villanueva’s first fight in the United Kingdom.

Villanueva is a tough boxer despite his small frame, and he’s not going to back down from the more talented Tete. He’s going to put up a fight and has the ability to make this entertaining as long as he can avoid the major power shots. However, Tete should win this fight when it’s said and done. Tete is four inches bigger than Villanueva and has about a three inch reach advantage as well. Not to mention Tete is far more proven than Villanueva, who has just a couple of notable names on his resume and has spent much of his career fighting in his comfort zone of the Philippines. Villanueva is just outclassed in this fight.

Look for Tete to win his 25th fight and possible be the first to knockout Villanueva.

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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:06:48 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=82804
<![CDATA[Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/6/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/05/06/canelo-alvarez-vs-julio-cesar-chavez-jr-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fight Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena.

Canelo Alvarez enters this fight with a 48-1-1 record that includes 34 knockouts. Alvarez has won his last six fights, and he’s coming off a September win over Liam Smith. Alvarez is undefeated since his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr and has won four of his last six fights by knockout. Of course, Alvarez has extreme punching power to go along with a 71 inch reach and does a fine job of working the body. Alvarez is also sharp defensively and has proven his chin over the…

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Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fight Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena.

Canelo Alvarez enters this fight with a 48-1-1 record that includes 34 knockouts. Alvarez has won his last six fights, and he’s coming off a September win over Liam Smith. Alvarez is undefeated since his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr and has won four of his last six fights by knockout. Of course, Alvarez has extreme punching power to go along with a 71 inch reach and does a fine job of working the body. Alvarez is also sharp defensively and has proven his chin over the years considering he’s been in the ring with some of the best in the world. The one concern with Alvarez is that he can struggle controlling the ring, allowing athletic and quick movers to escape from trouble. Still, that’s nitpicking Alvarez’s ability, as this dude is the real deal at just 26 years old. This will be Alvarez’s ninth fight in Las Vegas.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr enters this fight with a 50-2-1 record that includes 32 knockouts. Chavez has won eight of his last 10 fights, and he’s coming off a December win over Dominik Britsch. Chavez will be fighting for the fourth time in three years and hopes to get the biggest victory of his career at 31 years old. Chavez is a respectable power puncher who has clear knockout ability, but he has forced a stoppage since his 2012 victory over Andy Lee. Chavez has a solid 73 inch reach and can hurt you with a strong right hand if it lands cleanly. Chavez likes to work the body and has proven over the years he’s capable of winning rounds rather than simply waiting for that big haymaker to land. This is a chance for Chavez to solidify his legacy to boxing fans and his home of Mexico. This will be Chavez’s 10th fight in Las Vegas.

While it’s not the mega fight boxing fans wanted to see, this is a respectable bout between two of the better Mexican boxers with bragging rights and proven records on the line. But if we’re being honest, Chavez is simply outclassed in this matchup in all areas. Alvarez is not only easily the better and more polished boxer skill wise, but he’s also far and away more battle tested. While Chavez’s best and only elite victory came against Lee, Alvarez has beat up some of the most notable names in the sport and was only outclassed by Mayweather. This is a step down in class for the champion Alvarez, and it’s why many boxing fans aren’t that excited for this bout.

Either way, Alvarez will win his seventh straight fight and be one shy of 50 for his career.

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