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chris-algieri-boxerExpert Sports Picks: Tonight on NBC welterweight contenders Errol Spence and Chris Algieri will square off in a 10-round bout from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn at 10 PM ET. Errol Spence vs Chris Algieri Odds have Spence -3000 with 70% of boxing predictions on Algieri +1600. In his last fight, Algieri, 21-2, 8 KO’s, looked sharp under new trainer John David Jackson in a close 12-round decision loss to Amir Khan. 26-year old Errol Spence Jr., 19-0, 16 KO’s, is one of the hottest young prospect in boxing and will look to make a statement against the popular Algieri. Can the tough Huntington Beach fighter Algieri outbox the young gun from Desoto, Texas? ESPN2 News experts give away their fight picks. Errol Spence vs Chris Algieri Odds have Algieri as a +1600 moneyline underdog (Bet $100 to win $1600) 

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Errol Spence – Boxer: The shredded 5’9 1/2″ southpaw is one of the hardest pound-4-pound punchers in boxing. The Texan has picture perfect boxing technique to compliment his deadly two-barrel power. From an offensive standpoint, Spence has all of the offensive tools that trainers look for in a fighter: power, speed, combinations, bodypunching, accuracy and workrate. Errol possess excellent handspeed and knows how to use his power to intimidate opponents. Spence has never been in trouble as a professional and has the look of a durable fighter. Spence is very calm in the ring, displaying excellent ring vision and timing. On the downside, Spence is still learning the pro game and has only logged 66 pro rounds. Spence can be a bit flatfooted and looks somewhat rigid transferring from offense to defense. Until he is tested against another monster, Spence’s overall boxing ability, chin and heart will remain unproven. Errol Spence vs Chris Algieri Odds give Spence a 94% chance of winning

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Chris Algieri – Boxer: The lanky 5’10” Algieri is an intelligent boxer that relies on movement, speed and technique to win fights. Algieri is similar in approach to the late Arturo Gatti with much less power. The New York based fighter is resilient, tenacious and well-conditioned. Algieri has good footwork and a long jab that he uses effectively to keep distance and set up combinations to the head and body. On the downside, Algieri relies on his footwork and blocking for defense but lacks effective head movement to create counterpunching opportunities. Algieri, 32, is a former kickboxer that got a late start in boxing and occasionally his lack of natural boxing instinct shows. Algieri has never been stopped but has been hit with huge punches because of his lack of head movement.  Errol Spence vs Chris Algieri Odds Over/Under is at 8.5 Rounds with the Over at -140

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