Terence Crawford vs Felix Diaz Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds
Terence Crawford and Felix Diaz meet at Madison Square Garden, New York on Saturday May 20th for the World Junior Welterweight Championship. Read on for all of our betting tips, predictions & odds for the fight.
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Terrence Crawford (30-0) is one of the ten best boxers on the planet. He is already a two weight world champion where he cleared out both divisions. His wins include Ricky Burns, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Henry Lundy and Victor Postol. He will be defending his WBC and WBO Light Welterweight titles. He is a talented switch hitter who shows incredible poise. He is big and powerful with a superb jab. Behind it he throws fluid combinations with speed. Defensively he is also strong with quick movements to avoid punches and the ability to intelligently move his opponent around the ring.
Felix Diaz (19-1) was the second gold medalist ever for the Dominican Republic in any sport. That was in 2008 as he put together an incredible spell of boxing. He turned professional not long after but has only had 20 fights in the paid ranks. He has one loss, in a tight decision to Lamont Peterson. Either side of that though he has impressive wins over Sammy Vazquez and Adrian Granados. He is an aggressive southpaw who can keep a high pace. He attacks the body fiercely and can be very impressive technically. He counter punches well when he chooses to but tends to pressure his opponent. He has a good chin but lacks the power to hurt Crawford.
Diaz is a really good offensive boxer, the issue comes on the defensive side of things. Compubox shows they land a similar amount of significant strikes per minute, but Diaz ships a ton more. Expect the early rounds to be competitive but Crawford can begin to take over around the middle of the fight, when he has adjusted to Diaz.
Terence Crawford To Win in Rounds 10-12 by KO, TKO or DQ
Gervonta Davis v Liam Walsh
Gervonta Davis won the IBF Super Featherweight Title on the undercard of Frampton-Santa Cruz 2. The Tank comprehensively destroyed Jose Pedraza on route to a ninth round stoppage. I am all-in on Davis being a star. Defensively his movements make him very hard to hit but the southpaw is aggressive with it. He attacks with speed and power and has shown great finishing instincts.
Liam Walsh gets this shot after dominating Andrey Klimov. This is a big step up though. He is a very good boxer and unlucky to be in arguably the best division in boxing. He is bigger than Davis and can use his impressive movement to make this tough. He also can switch hit and hit at angles, putting his combinations together nicely. Walsh has more experience in long fights and that stamina can come into play if it goes the distance.
Davis showed an ability against Pedraza that is past what Walsh has shown. Walsh will be in against a whole different way from what he is used to. Early on, Davis may struggle to get to grips with the elusive Walsh. He will be the first opponent who is difficult for Davis to find and we will see how he copes with that style. But Walsh has been hurt and dropped before. Davis has shown that he will finish a wounded opponent and I expect that he will get to Walsh here probably around the middle rounds.
Free Betting Tip: Gervonta Davis by KO/TKO/DQ
Under 10.5 Total Rounds at 8/11 is also worth looking at