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03 SEPTEMBER 2014

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SecondsOut Team Picks: Arreola Vs Mitchell/Burns Vs Beltran


 Arreola is favoured To defeat Mitchell
Arreola is favoured To defeat Mitchell

This week’s big fight predictions from SecondsOut’s army or writers is the heavyweight showdown between Chris Arreola Vs Seth Mitchell and the WBO lightweight title battle between champion Ricky Burn and challenger Raymundo Beltran on Saturday night.

 

See below who our army of correspondents think will be victorious

 

 

Many see this as a step too far for Mitchell and I think would not disagree. Mitchell impressed in defeating Johnathan Banks in a rematch and it looks good on his record but I thought Bank lost the fight rather than Mitchell taking it from him. I see an even fight until Arreola steps up the pace and starts thumping in the heavy shots. When that happens I Arreola slowly breaking Mitchell down to score a stoppage around the halfway mark.

Arreola tko 6

Clive Bernath

Editor In Chief

 

Ricky Burns has never had an easy ride when it comes to defending his lightweight title and it will be no different on Saturday. I see Ricky shipping a shed load of pressure during various stages of the fight and he may even touch down but I see him gritting his teeth and clinching a close but deserved point decisions

Burns pts 12

Clive Bernath

Editor In Chief

 

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There is once again optimism regarding the American heavyweight fight scene. Undefeated, athletic prospects have been putting on fan-friendly fights and once again gaining television exposure. There may not be a sure thing in the bunch, and clearly no one is ready to challenge a Klitschko; however, if matched against each other there are attractive fights to be made. Saturday Night matches two guys who were recently labeled America’s hope. Arreola suffered an excusable loss to Big Brother, but he then lost fights as a favorite against Tomas Adamek and Bermane Stivern. Mitchell is a football player turned boxer. He has Golden Boy and Al Haymon going for him. Against him, getting knocked out two fights ago by the ordinary Jonathan Banks. He deserves credit for taking and winning an immediate rematch, but it was not the kind of performance that erased his defeat. Mitchell is a big puncher, but he can be out boxed. Arreola is a superior boxer, but if he allows his machismo to get involved in a dog fight he may not make it to the final bell. My guess is that the desperate Arreola boxes early and then scores a late stoppage when he takes Mitchell into the deep waters.

 

Arreola tko 11

Jason Pribila

Bethlehem,PA

USA

 

 

Ricky Burns has not lost in six years, and he now carries the confidence that comes along with being a titlist. He will have a huge home court advantage, as well as most physical advantages when he defends his WBO title against Ray Beltran on Saturday. A year ago Beltran seemed to be closer to gate-keeper than title challenger. That is when he entered the ring as an underdog against Hank Lundy in Atlantic City. Lundy’s fatal flaw was that he seemed to be more worried about who was next, rather than who was in front of him. Beltran scored early and often, and when Lundy tried to flick the switch he found that he only had enough energy to lie on the ropes and hope to catch Beltran with a counter. That never happened. Beltran won twice since then and now has a title in his sights. I expect that Burns will have learned from Lundy’s mistake, and fight a smarter fight. I expect him to box early, and eventually allow his skills to take over down the stretch. An exciting fight early will settle into a 116-112 type of win for the Rickster.

 

Burns pts 12

Jason Pribila

Bethlehem,PA

USA

 

I like both these fighters, Mitchell is fresh off his rematch win against Jonathon Banks, Arreola has been training in my hometown of Phoenix and is eager to prove himself after his loss to Stiverne. I see Arreola winning this fight, he is very focused and is not the same Arreola when battled Stiverne. Expect an Arreola win as wears down Mitchell with a constant jab and hard shots to the body.

Arreola pts 12

Ron Valderrama

Phoenix

Arizona

USA

 

 

This is a great match, Ricky Burns should be comfortable fighting in his native Scotland. The crafty veteran will need everything he has when faces Ray Beltran. Burns has a deadly hook and can do some serious dammage if given the opportunity. Burns must find his range with Beltran, who can also deliver some hard blows himself. Beltran will have to battle Burns inside and capitalize when Burns throws his hard hooks that sometimes go wide, leaving a split second of opportunity. For Beltran to win he must throw and land more shots than Burns, a tough task indeed. I have Beltran winning this fight though, a tko in the later rounds between 5-8.

 

Beltran by tko, rounds 5-8

Ron Valderrama

Phoenix

Arizona

USA

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The British invented fair play and are not known for fixing decisions as they do in some other countries. They ARE able to recognize good boxing, unlike American judges who typically think they’re watching MMA. Ricky should be pumped up at home and on his game. Burns by decision.

 

Burns pts 12

Jeff Jowett

New York

USA

 

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 Burns takes on Beltran
Burns takes on Beltran
Arreola is in confident mood
Arreola is in confident mood

Chris Arreola’s power and chin should carry him to a victory in this fight.  Seth Mitchell still has a lot to prove after his two performances against Johnathon Banks.  He’s always in shape and ready, looking how a heavyweight should look physically.  However, as the middle to late rounds approach Arreola will end the night early with heavy shots that Mitchell is unable to absorb.

 

Arreola w tko 7-9 

Derek Gionta

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

 

Ricky Burns will look to continue his winning streak against a very tough fighter in Ray Beltran. Beltran has recently revived his career defeating Lundy and Kim over a three-fight winning streak of his own. His relentless pressure and power will have to overcome the height and reach advantage of Burns. I think the fight will be competitive early on but in the end Burns will out box and avoid the power of Beltran.

 

Burns pts 12

Derek Gionta

Pittsburgh, PA

USA

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Arreola, a bull, will use his physicality to over power Mitchell who has punch but needs room to deliver it and that is something that "The Nightmare" will not allow him.  Arreola by stoppage in six after an exciting fight. 

Arreola w tko 6

Jerry Glick

New York

New York City

USA

 

 

Burns has more experience and success against better oppositions.  He has the better skills, and Beltran has the bigger punch.  The way I see it, Burns’ skills will trump Beltran’s power and will take a unanimous decision.

 

Burns pts 12

Jerry Glick

New York

New York City

USA

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Chris Arreola is a huge favorite in this one, but I can’t abide by that. While I think he will prevail, the one thing Arreola has proven to fans is that he can’t win the bigger fights and that his inconsistency is the only consistent thing about him. Mitchell really surprised me in being able to avenge his loss to Jonathon Banks; however, I feel that may have had more to do with Banks. In this fight, I favor durability. Arreola is the much tougher fighter and all he has to do is lay it on for three minutes in any one round and the fight is over. My guess is that Mitchell has seen enough by the fifth round. Arreola TKO five.

 

Arreola tko 5

Derek Bonnett

Connecticut

USA

 

Ricky Burns has not been given the full credit he deserves at this point in his career. In recent years, he has boxed patiently over the distance to secure victory and he has jumped on opponents right at the bell for the early rounds KO. Most recently, Burns dug deep and rallied to keep his title by taking the heart of a fighter who was well ahead of him on the cards. Yet, all I hear outside of the United Kingdom in regard to Burns are words of condemnation. When I see a fighter winning in a variety of manners, I think it’s a huge plus. Burns has shown an ability to adapt to the circumstances of the fight and going in against Raymundo Beltran, that may be the deciding edge. Beltran is a fighter on the rise, pure and simple. He has taken the reigns on a career that looked to be going south for him. His last several wins have shown a fighter who has learned from being matched difficultly. This match-up will be one of natural talent versus hard-work. Beltran has been able to turn back the challenges of a couple of fighters, who struggled like him, but can he do the same against an elite? Beltran won’t be able to box smoothly the way Gonzalez did for seven rounds against Burns; he is going to fight Burns and that will put him in harm’s way due to his lack of foot speed. As Beltran plods in, he doesn’t effectively cut off the ring. He also relies a lot on ineffective head movement to avoid shots whilst his hands are at waist level. Burns should be able to land well with the left hook coming in and the uppercut on the inside. Burns’ power has been developing, so I would be too surprised to see Beltran dropped along the way to a clear points win. Both guys are easy to cheer for and I will watch this one for the pure enjoyment of it.

 

Burns pts 12

Derek Bonnett

Connecticut

USA

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 I think the smart money would be a unanimous decision for Ricky Burns.  I think Ricky is boxing better than ever, and is a fighter on the rise.  The location of the match might be a big psychological factor.  Beltran (a Mexican-American) has boxed just once outside of Mexico & the U.S.A, and in that bout he was stopped early.  Beltran is a respectable boxer, and the decision over Ji-Hoon Kim is a nice recent win, but I don’t think he has the one punch power to really threaten Burns unless he would catch him with a perfect shot, or Burns got cut.  Obviously, Burns does not punch very hard either, but he has been scoring more stoppages as of late, and he has the extra motivation of boxing at home.  Also the 6 year unbeaten streak, and the Katsidis win, all make me think that Burns is really coming into his own as a boxer.  In fact all of Burns’ recent wins have come against quality men, so I would be surprised if he slipped up now that he is on the verge of worldwide stardom.  These are the reasons that I like Burns on a clear cut unanimous decision. 

 

Burns w pts 12

Alex Caveda

Las Vegas

Nevada

USA

 

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Arreola =5

Mitchell =0

 

Burns =7

Beltran=1

 

 

September 7, 2013





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