Verona, NY – Friday Night Fights will feature Cuban standout Yudel Johnson in a 10-round middleweight bout against rugged Mexican Norberto Gonzalez. ESPN2 Boxing News Johnson vs Gonzalez Betting Odds have Johnson as a 3 to 1 betting favorite according to our Expert Boxing Picks handicappers. Johnson, 15-1, 9 KO’s, has reeled off three straight wins against journeyman since his first loss two years ago against 6’3″ contender Willie Nelson. Gonzalez, 20-3, 13 KO’s, most recently was in a competitive war with contender Roberto Garcia in a fight where he was dropped in a 10-round decision loss. Our handicappers broke down the FNF main event. Johnson vs Gonzalez Betting Odds have Johnson at -300 at SPORTS BETTING ONLINE
Yudel Johnson – Boxer: Johnson, 33, is a skilled southpaw boxer/puncher with good left-hand power. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist has sound boxing technique and is a strong body puncher. Johnson 5’10” can be outboxed by faster boxers and tends to load up on punches. Johnson came up short in his biggest test as a pro in a close decision loss against top-15 contender Willie Nelson in May of 2012.
Norberto Gonzalez – Boxer: Gonzalez, 33, is a veteran technician that does nothing eye-popping but everything pretty well. On the downside, the 5’10” Gonzalez is mechanical and has ordinary speed, power and strength. Gonzalez has been beaten when he has stepped up in class with his best win in late 2013 over fringe prospect Mike Oliviera. Johnson vs Gonzales Betting Odds have Gonzalez as a +240 underdog (Bet $1000 to win $2400)
ESPN2 Boxing News Prediction: Johnson is a little more aggressive and heavy-handed and that should be the difference in what should be a competitive fight. Both fighters have been dropped in their career but Johnson is more durable and better defensively. Yudel is part of an elite group of Cuban Olympians and should put on his best professional performance in a crossroads fight.
ESPN2 Boxing News Pick: Yudel Johnson -300 moneyline