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Boxing Predictions April and May 2017: will the big names triumph?

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April and May of 2017 see a host of British fighters in high profile bouts. The eyes of the world will be on Anthony Joshua when he takes on ‘Dr. Steelhammer’ - A.K.A. Wladimir Klitschko - at Wembley Stadium on the 29th of April, but the thrills for fight-fans don’t end there…

Three of our writers are taking on the daring task of casting their predictions over a series of bouts which will see the future of the heavyweight division take shape as well as informing fans on the futures of some immensely exciting fighters. We’ve largely focused on bouts involving British fighters but thrown in Saul Alvarez’s next bout for good measure, given his prominent place in world boxing.

April 15th: Ricky Burns V Julius Indongo

April 29th: Anthony Joshua V Wladimir Klitschko

May 6th: Joseph Parker V Hughie Fury

May 6th: Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez V Chavez Jr.

May 20th: Gervonta Davis V Liam Walsh

May 27th: Kell Brook V Errol Spence

THE PREDICTIONS: 

George Storr: I’m a Manchester United season ticket holder, a keen amateur boxer and the Sports Editor here at The National Student. We’re moving into an exciting period of boxing and there will be some really close fights in this bunch. Many of the favourites here will likely come out on top but I’ve also declared for two exceptions…

Ricky Burns V Julius Indongo

Burns Indongo is an interesting prospect and while the Scotsman is a superior technician his low knockout percentage may see Indongo attempting to end the night early. This could be a close-run thing but expect a Burns win on home soil.

Anthony Joshua V Wladimir Klitschko

AJ vs. Klitschko is immensely hard to call. Firstly Klitschko’s recent inactivity leaves us in the same situation we were in with David Haye, asking ‘how much has he deteriorated in that inactive period?’ Secondly AJ’s biggest test to date came against Dillian Whyte, who is simply not a world level heavyweight.

A win for the Watford born former Olympian looks likely but bookmakers have made the bout sound more one-sided than it is (with AJ currently odds-on at 2/5 and Wlad currently at 2-1). It’s worth noting that Klitschko has arguably made a better choice of sparring partner in the run-up to the fight, teaming up with Gerald Washington, while AJ is sparring Mariusz Wach. Wach is less closely physically matched to Klitschko than Washington is to AJ. Washington is the same height and has the same reach as Joshua, he also recently challenged for Deontay Wilder’s world title, albeit unsuccessfully. This fight is more 50-50 than its being touted as but Joshua has momentum on his side.

Joseph Parker V Hughie Fury

Despite fighting in Parker’s back-yard, being an outsider in the market and mounting his first title challenge I feel fairly confident that Hughie Fury can upset the odds. He’s got a fantastic team around him as well as a height and reach advantage. He’s in the loop and his team knows what it takes to win. Hopefully he’s booked some extra luggage on the plane for his return journey… that WBO belt might be heavy.

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez V Chavez Jr. and Gervonta Davis V Liam Walsh

Julio César Chávez Jr. is the son of Mexican national hero and former world champion Julio César Chávez, but it’s immensely hard to see him coming up with the goods against Canelo. Expect the behemoth that is Saul Alvarez’s career to rumble on. Equally while I hope Liam Walsh proves me wrong, for British Boxing’s sake, Gervonta Davis may be a shade too good.

Kell Brook V Errol Spence

The May 27th Bramall Lane showdown between Kell Brook and Errol Spence will see Spence try and stake his claim to the elite level of world boxing. He’s shown so much promise but he’s not faced anyone in Kell Brook’s class. That makes this fight inherently hard to predict as we wonder how he will face the step up in class. Bookmakers have edged Spence in as the favourite over the last week, when previously they had the odds stacked evenly, but personally I see Kell’s experience and Sheffield steel being too much.

 

Jonathan Hucker: I’ve been a boxing fan ever since I saw Naseem Hamed front flip into a ring. Besides that, I’m an avid follower (and appalling player) or several sports; football, rugby and American football to name a few. Boxing has always appealed to me however, and I’ve been writing about it for The National Student for over a year now. Most of my predictions are pretty safe, except one massive upset many will disagree on…

Ricky Burns V Julius Indongo

I think Burns will come through this one, though it won’t be easy. Indongo is undefeated and overcame the hard-punching Eduard Troyanovsky to claim the IBF title. With home advantage I lean towards a close, hard-fought split decision win for Burns.

Anthony Joshua V Wladimir Klitschko

The closer this fight gets the more undecided I am on the outcome. The Fury fight made Wladimir look way past it, but AJ’s upright style will be more suited to the Ukrainian veteran. Despite youth, power and speed all being on the side of the Brit, I’m going to stick my neck out and pick Wladimir to win on points.

Joseph Parker V Hughie Fury

Hughie Fury is massively underrated and his full potential has yet to be seen. I think this could actually favour him in the fight and I see him beating Parker over 12 rounds. Let’s hope the judging is fair in Parker’s home country.

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez V Chavez Jr

At first this seemed like another bizarre catch weight contest in the frustrating career of Saul Alvarez, but you can’t deny it’s an exciting match-up. I expect this this break out into a classic brawl, with Canelo stopping Chavez Jr. who may lack energy at the weight.

Gervonta Davis V Liam Walsh

Davis is the new, arrogant name on the block – but who wouldn’t be when Floyd Mayweather is backing you? Walsh is no push over though and fighting on home soil is a huge advantage for him. I predict a tough performance form Walsh but one that won’t be enough to win. Although Davis does seem to be overlooking his opponent as he targets a fight with American prospect, Tevin Farmer.

Kell Brook V Errol Spence

Brook may well be the best 147lbs fighter on the planet, but his record doesn’t support that. Beating Spence will go a long way to proving this and I back the Sheffield man to win over the 12 round distance. It will undoubtedly be a close contest though and could be the start of a multi-fight rivalry between the two.

 

Jack Noone: I’ve been big fan of boxing ever since Carl Froch burst onto the scene, and write about the sport for The National Student. As my colleagues have said, there are many interesting fights taking place in the coming months, and while I agree with them in some places, there is one particular fight where I’m going against the grain...

Ricky Burns V Julius Indongo

Julius Indongo is a world champion, yet is still a bit of an unknown quantity. Aside from beating Troyanovsky in Russia to win the title, nothing on his record stands out. In contrast, Burns has a wealth of experience at world level, which should help him on the way to a decision win.

Anthony Joshua V Wladimir Klitschko

Joshua is a less awkward match-up for Klitschko than Tyson Fury proved to be for the former champion. However, at 41, I question whether the Ukrainian still has it in him to pull the trigger when necessary. On away territory, with a referee who might not favour him as others in the past have, I lean towards a Joshua stoppage win.

Joseph Parker V Hughie Fury

I believe Fury is the more talented of the pair, with his footwork particularly impressive for a heavyweight, but I wonder if this fight has come a little too soon for him. As of yet, he has not proved he can go the championship distance comfortably, and is somewhat lacking in power and strength. I think this will tell as the fight wears on, with Parker winning a close fight on points.

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez V Chavez Jr.

This all-Mexican encounter promises to be very entertaining, but I fully expect Canelo to win comfortably on the cards. Chavez is an exciting fighter, but Canelo is simply more proficient in pretty much every department.

Gervonta Davis V Liam Walsh

Gervonta Davis is certainly a fighter with a bright future ahead. The slickness at close range that Davis displayed in defeating Jose Pedraza was reminiscent of his mentor Floyd Mayweather; while Liam Walsh is very capable operator, I believe Davis is a level above, and should win via a relatively wide decision or a late stoppage.

Kell Brook V Errol Spence

This is perhaps the best fight that can be made at welterweight, matching two of the very best fighters at the weight. The contest is sure to hinge on fine margins; I think the punishment received in the Golovkin fight, as well the effects of making the 147lbs weight limit may hinder Brook, leading to Spence earning a hard-fought decision win.

 




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