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Broadway Boxing Preview O’Shaquie Foster vs Alberto Mercado

Brad Marchetti

Thursday night Dibella Enertainment’s Broadway Boxing will host an action packed card in New York, New York showcasing the best local prospects. The 9-bout card from Terminal 5 will feature super lightweights O’Shaquie Foster, 16-2, 10 KO’s, against Alberto Mercado, 16-3-1, 3 KO’s, for the W.B.C. Silver title. ESPN2 News breaks down the card that will be televised on UFC Fight Pass.

O’Shaquie Foster vs Alberto Mercado Preview

Boxing Odds

Foster: -500

Mercado: +300

O’Shaquie Foster Tale-Of-The-Tape

From: Houston, Texas

Ht. 5’8 1/2″

Wt. 130 (Est)

Age: 26

Reach: 71″

Stance: Right-Handed

Style: Counterpuncher

Rounds Fought: 79

Ranking: #42

Strengths: Deep amateur pedigree…Strong right-hand puncher…Above-average hand-speed…Slick defense…Durable…Good footwork…Smart counterpuncher…Can fight southpaw…Confident and full of swagger…Strong support system…

Weaknesses: Limited opposition…Headhunter…Average upper-body strength…Not much of an in-fighter…Hole in defense for overhand rights…Outpointed wide against a light-hitting southpaw 3 1/2 years ago…Outpointed 4-years ago against a fighter ranked #184…

Alberto Mercado Tale-Of-The-Tape

From: Humacao, Puerto Rico

Ht. 5’9″

Wt. 130 (Est)

Age: 31

Reach: 70″

Stance: Southpaw

Style: Technician

Rounds Fought: 127

Ranking: #172

Strengths: Gritty veteran…Sound fundamental skills…Sneaky right hook…Not an easy target with high guard and herky jerky upper body movement…Good motor with high workrate…

Weaknesses: Light-puncher…Methodical…Average athleticism…Skinny frame…Gets careless with wild swings…Outpointed and knocked down 2 1/2 year ago against opponent ranked #41…Outclassed in last outing against a similar fighter as Foster…

ESPN2 News Boxing Predictions: Expect the faster and more skilled “Ice Water” Foster to rip counterpunches early and often against the plodding Mercado. Around the 7th round “Ice Water” should rain down a hailstorm on the brave but outclassed Puerto Rican veteran. Expect Foster to be the first fighter to stop Mercado by knockout.

Fight Picks: Foster KO7

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