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27 MAY 2018


SecondsOut Team Pick Chagaev vs. Meehan

Chagaev vs. Meehan
Chagaev vs. Meehan

One boxer is a former world champion trying to get back to the top where he once was, the other is trying to get back to challenging for a boxing world title, but that hasn’t stopped SecondsOut’s team of fearless writers from making their confident picks for Saturday’s WBA heavyweight world title eliminator between Ruslan Chagaev and Kali Meehan at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany.

“I like Chagaev in this one despite the fact that the very capable Meehan has won six straight, including some recent victories in Germany. Chagaev is the better boxer; the better puncher and the former WBA heavyweight champion is the hometown favorite. Chagaev by unanimous decision. Chagaev W.UD.12.”
- Gregory Juckett, Content Editor - New York, USA

“This fight outcome will depend a lot on how Chagaev has recovered from his last fight knockout loss to Wladimir Klitschko. Can Meehan make him remember? Meehan knows this is his last chance at getting back to a world title and he will be desperate to win. The Kiwi has power and if he lands and makes Chagaev think twice, this fight could be close and go the distance. If Meehan lands hard, it will be over very quickly. Meehan W.KO.4.”
- Paul Upham, Content Editor - Sydney, Australia

“While Chagaev looked flat against Klitschko I don’t expect to see that in this fight. Frankly I don’t think that Meehan belongs with the upper echelon fighters. Chagaev in ten. Chagaev W.KO.10.”
- Jerry Glick - Contributing Editor - New York City, USA

“A WBA title eliminator between fighters with a combined 32 months of inactivity! Southpaw Chagaev out-hustles the heavy-handed Meehan fairly easily over twelve, largely uninspiring rounds. Chagaev W.UD.12.”
- Mark Butcher, Founding Editor - London, UK

“This fight does nothing for me, but I will go with Chagaev via decision or late TKO. Chagaev W.12.”
- James Smith aka. Smitty, Host, In This Corner TV - USA

“Chagaev is a boring fighter, but he deserves credit for being an awkward defensive master. Meehan, despite his will has shown no signs of belonging in the heavyweight elite. A one sided fight, with the pride of Uzbekistan scoring a 120-108 shutout. Chagaev W.UD.12.”
- Juan Pablo Manfredi - Buenos Aires, Argentina

“It was not too long ago when Ruslan Chagaev was considered to be one of the best heavyweights in the game. Although he has since lost once to a Klitschko and had a few issues preventing him from being in the ring, there is not much reason to think enough has changed. Kali Meehan has never come close to reaching Chagaev’s status and does not hold any kind of meaningful victory that would give anyone any reason to believe he should win this fight. He is probably just big enough and strong enough to avoid falling before the final bell, but do not expect the decision to be close. Chagaev should win an easy unanimous decision. Chagaev W.12.”
- John Lumpkin - Madison, Wisconsin, USA

“Chagaev’s place among the elite heavyweights is in question due to almost a year of inactivity since being dominated by Wladimir Klitschko. Fighting Kali Meehan does little to rectify this. The once promising looking heavyweight now looks as though he’s be easy pickings for David Haye and Tomasz Adamek with their stronger showings in the last twelve months. If Chagaev cannot dispatch Meehan in similar fashion as Hasim Rahman and Danny Williams, he will hurt his already unsteady standing further. I expect him to win, but think he’ll struggle due to the layoff. Chagaev W.UD.12.”
- Derek Bonnett - Connecticut, USA

“The last time I saw Kali Meehan fight he made Hasim Rahman look good, and that was in 2004. Chagaev will win and give David Haye another excuse to avoid the Klitschkos. Chagaev W.KO. 4.”
- Jason Pribila - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

“I saw Ruslan Chagaev way back in 1997 when he won the World Amateur Championships in Budapest and was very impressed even back then. I like his style and do believe he has too much to offer for the eight year older Australian. In fact I believe Meehan will suit Chagaev just perfectly. Kali will walk into something big. Ruslan knocks the man out early. Round four I would say! Chagaev W.KO.4.”
- Teddy Stenmark - Sweden

“With Meehan had a few years off and Chagaev haven’t fought in almost a year. It’s a fight of who can shake off the rust quicker. I’m going with Chagaev with a unanimous decision, he didn’t put up much of a fight in his title fight with Klitschko but he has enough left to take care of Meehan with a unanimous decision. Chagaev W.UD.12.”
- Andy Rivera - New Mexico, USA

“Ruslan Chagaev, a very solid heavyweight, only suffered one defeat which was at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko. He’s determined to get back into the heavyweight title picture. Kali Meehan has a solid record and about a four inch height advantage over Chagaev. The biggest names on his resume were all losses. I feel that Chagaev will be able to outbox the larger Meehan over twelve rounds. A late TKO is possible but a decision victory is probably the most likely scenario in this fight. Chagaev W.UD.12.”
- Derek Gionta - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA




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