Last week we decided to go with the fight between former world champion Anthony Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs) of Australia and world ranked contender Charles Hatley ( 26-1-, 18 KOs) of Texas. The main event bout will took place at the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Victoria Australia. It was scheduled for 12 rounds with Mundine’s WBC Silver Super Welterweight title on the line. It was a forgettable night for Mundine and us as well. He was stopped in front of his hometown fans and it was a loss for us as we picked Mundine to win.
This week we are going with the rematch between WBA lightweight world champion Darlys Perez (32-1-1, 20 KOs) of Colombia and local United Kingdom favorite and contender Anthony Crolla (29-4-3, 11 KOs). The outcome of the first fight was considered by some not the right decision as officially ended in a draw. This after Perez was deducted two points for low blows late in the fight. This is to take nothing away from Crolla who seemed to do more than enough to win the fight. He was the one who pressed the action from the opening bell to the final one.
Perez seems to have the overall better skillset but Crolla is one of those fighters who is better than he looks. He cuts the ring off fairly well and was precise with the punches he managed to connect on Perez whose gameplan seemed to be to outbox Crolla. Some sportsbooks have Crolla a -170 favorite to upset the +150 underdog world champion Perez. The fight once again will be at the Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom hometown of Crolla. There isn’t a lot that Crolla really needs to adjust to in his gameplan. Perez on the other hand may want to be more aggressive. This may not work out to be in his favor as he was the only one really hurt in the first encounter. We are going with Crolla to become world champion this time in front of his local fans.
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